Alvin Gentry & Anthony Davis.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says his side cannot make the playoffs

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It's no secret that the New Orleans Pelicans have underwhelmed this season, considering the talent on their roster.

The 13-year-old franchise sits in 12th place in the Western Conference some six wins away from claiming the final playoff berth currently inhabited by the Houston Rockets.

After a late surge last season, the former Hornets managed to secure the final berth under Monty Williams before being swept by eventual NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, in the first round.

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Current head coach Alvin Gentry doesn't forsee another sensational run this time around folowing their loss to the very team they were aiming to catch, the Houston Rockets, on Wednesday night.

Gentry believes his side were their own worst enemy during the crucial road loss and that errors cost them dearly.

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Gentry said: "We come out here after every game and we talk about, 'Well, you know, we're still in the playoff race.' No, we're not. We're not. What we are is, we're a team that - when we have an opportunity to do something, we didn't get it done. So that is the bottom line.

"We're up six points, we turn the ball over three straight times. You can't do that and win on the road. It's that simple."

Gentry - who used to work as part of Steve Kerr's staff at the Warriors - made undisputable points regarding their crumble to the Rockets, and his side's run-in doesn't get any better.

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

Through March, the Pelicans have some stern tests. They start off with the a San Antonio Spurs outfit that have been breaking franchise records.

To close the month, Gentry's troops face the phenomenal Golden State Warriors, the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers, who are enjoying a purple patch themselves even without Blake Griffin, in three of their final four games.

How many W's are the Pelican's can truly expect to pick up during that run is anyone's guess, even with Anthony Davis performing ocassional miracles this season.

New Orleans Pelicans v San Antonio Spurs

The Louisiana-franchise have struggled with injuries all season long and that has certainly restricted their ambitions to surpass last season's impressive finish.

This has undoubtedly put extra pressure on the rising shoulders of Davis. Considering the 22-year-old dropped an explosive 59 points and 20 rebounds against Detroit the other week - a side with Andre Drummond attacking the boards - his potential is there for all to see.

Can he drag the Pelicans to an unlikely place in the postseason? That might be a stretch to far considering their run of games and team manager Dell Demps will have his hands full in the offseason to piece together a more durable side to support Davis next term.

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