Willie Green’s Absence Marks Pivotal Night for Pelicans as Assistant Coach Borrego Takes Charge Against Mavericks
Assistant coach James Borrego, a former head coach for the Charlotte Hornets who joined the Pelicans’ staff this offseason, stepped in to lead the team in Willie Green’s absence.
New Orleans Pelicans head coach Willie Green was notably absent from Tuesday night’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks due to an illness, described by the team as a “non-COVID illness”
The Pelicans, amidst a challenging period with a five-game losing streak, aimed to turn their fortunes around in the designated In-Season Tournament contest. Borrego expressed confidence in the team’s professionalism and preparedness, emphasizing the need for a win. Meanwhile, key player Herbert Jones, known for his defensive prowess, was back in the lineup after recovering from a bruised right leg that kept him sidelined for three games.
Guards CJ McCollum and forward Larry Nance Jr remained unavailable due to injury
On the opposing side, the Mavericks faced their challenges, with coach Jason Kidd revealing that forward-center Maxi Kleber would miss his third consecutive game due to a dislocated toe on his right foot. As the game unfolded, the absence of Coach Willie Green remained a focal point, highlighting the Pelicans’ adaptability under Borrego’s guidance.