NEW ORLEANS In Monty Williams' first season with New Orleans, the then-Hornets stumbled into the All-Star break, going 2-8.
But they emerged stronger, going 6-4 in the 10 games after worked their way into the playoffs.
It hasn't been that good since.
In the past two seasons, New Orleans has had matching 2-8 records in the 10 games following the break and this year, they're 0-3 since re-starting the season.
That's in spite of the 6-4 stretch they finished just before the All-Star vacation.
Tonight, the task of getting to 1-3 won't be easy, not with the 38-20 Clippers coming to town off of a 125-117 win over Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City.
All-Star forward Anthony Davis, however, thinks this is the right set of circumstances to get going.
'It's a big team for us, a winnable game. We just have to come out and compete,' he said, adding, 'We had an off day yesterday so we got our legs. We just got to come out with energy knowing that they played yesterday against a great OKC team.'
Consistency has been the issue for the Pelicans, coach Monty Williams said.
'When you have a young team, inexperience brings out a lot (of things) that are inconsistent,' Williams said. 'I dare say a number of games that I have watched around the league, I see the same thing from other teams.'