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Pelicans Coach Turned Michael Jordan Mid-Game and Stephen Curry Couldn’t Help but React

Published 04/16/2022, 2:30 PM EDT

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The New Orleans Pelicans are going to the NBA playoffs after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in the play-in game. They were down big in the fourth quarter but their coach rallied them with an inspirational speech that propelled them to the playoffs. The speech was so good that it reminded fans of Michael Jordan and even Stephen Curry couldn’t help but applaud it.

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The Pelicans were down by 10 at the end of the third quarter and they needed a big effort to seal the deal against a resilient Clippers squad. Then their coach, Willie Green fired up his players and asked them not to stop fighting. He asked not to give it up and said this is what they worked hard for.


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This charged up his players as they rallied back to secure a 105-101 victory.

Pelicans coach speech reminds fans of Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry applauds it

This speech was reminiscent of Jordan. Jordan was always hard on his teammates and he never gave up until the end. And that’s the reason his name is bought up in GOAT conversations.

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Green rallied his troops to victory and made his players believe that the comeback was possible. That was something Jordan would do regularly. After seeing the pep talk on Twitter, Curry saluted the coach on Twitter.


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At the start of the season, no one expected the Pelicans to make the playoffs. Their franchise player, Zion Williamson was out for the season. They had a new head coach. The Pelicans started 3-16. But that didn’t matter as they overcame all odds to make the playoffs.

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Brandon Ingram showed his worth as he scored 30 points while C.J McCollum chipped in 19 points. The Clippers were dealt a major blow before the game as their star Paul George was ruled out of the game. This was a tough end for the Clippers as they fought all season long without their stars.

But they will be one of the favorites for next season, as the trades they have made will surely come in hand once their superstars return. What did you think of the match between the Pelicans and the Clippers? Can the Pelicans upset the Suns? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by:

Vishwesha Kumar


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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.
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Arunaditya Aima