Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry apologises for outburst after Rockets defeat

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Just a solitary day after his post-game outburst, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry has apologised for his remarks in the wake of their defeat to the Rockets.

Furthermore, TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager stated during Thursday night's game between the Pelicans and the Spurs that Gentry had since also apologised to Pelicans general manager Dell Demps.

What did Gentry say that was so criminal, I hear you ask? After allowing the Rockets - the team they were chasing for the final playoff berth - to come from six points behind with just under three minutes remaining, the former Hornets were then rolled over 13-2 the rest of the fixture.

Sitting 6.5 games behind the Rockets following the loss, Gentry said unequivocally, despite not mathematically true, that the playoff dream was over for this season.

"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," Gentry said. "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."

Can the Pelicans still make the playoffs? A betting man wouldn't fancy touching that one and there are certainly remnants of truth to what Gentry ranted. However, it's quite out of standard managerial character to readily admit defeat like he did.

Having had time to sleep on it, while still disappointed, Gentry changed his tune.

"Yeah, I was emotional. I would say that I shouldn't have said it. I'm not afraid to say that," Gentry admitted. "But at that time, I was just so frustrated. That's why it's good that I wait a while to talk to [the media]. Sometimes, it doesn't subside enough that you still say emotional things.

"But it was a frustrating loss. The last two have been very frustrating. We've played good basketball after the All-Star break. You just want to try to continue to win and you hope you get a little momentum, because through all that's ever happened, there's still not enough separation that you're completely out of the playoff picture."

The Louisiana franchise has underwhelmed this term, but much of their struggles can be attributed to the injuries that persistently plague their roster.

Anthony Davis has put in some outstanding performances, but carrying the load of an injury-hit team has proved even too much for 'The Brow' to take on.

Gentry had valid points in his original statement, can his Pelicans side put on a late-season surge to prove him wrong?

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