Losing continues, but Pelicans showed grit against Thunder; 9-2 Spurs next _lowres

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dion Waiters (3) and forward Serge Ibaka (9) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Pelicans 3-pointer:

The Pelicans host the Spurs at 7 p.m. Friday in the Smoothie King Center. The game will be televised by FSNO.

1. A Manu short

The Pelicans are unlikely to have any sympathy, but the Spurs enter Friday’s game without a significant piece. Guard Manu Ginobli is out Friday with bilateral hip tightness.

2. Spurs surge

How good have the Spurs been offensively? San Antonio ranks second to Golden State in victory margin (10.8 points per game) and effective field-goal percentage (55.1 percent) and ranks fourth in the league in offensive efficiency, scoring 104.6 points per 100 possessions.

3. Road weary?

Kawhi Leonard leads the Spurs at 21.4 points per game and is a threat either as a slasher or a shooter. But while Leonard has made 53.3 percent of his 3-pointers at home, he’s shooting 34.8 percent from long range on the road.