Tyreke Evans is being asked to make some offensive adjustments.
If Monday night was any indication, it's a bit of a bumpy transition for the Pelicans guard.
After playing a scoreless 17 minutes in a 111-93 loss to Boston Monday at the Smoothie King Center, Evans said Alvin Gentry's request that he give up the ball early in the shot clock to facilitate ball movement might not be the best use of his skills.
"I thought I should have just kept attacking more," said Evans, who was 0 for 5 from the floor and finished with three assists and five turnovers. "Even though they're a good defensive team, I think I didn't put no pressure on the defense because I was trying to find guys, trying to swing the ball."
Gentry said on Sunday that "the thing that we're trying to make (Evans) understand is that, when he gives it up, we're going to give it back to him." He wants the ball moving from one side of the floor to the other via passes, rather than having a single player dribble the ball for seconds at a time.
But Evans said on Monday that focusing on giving up the ball early in the shot clock "kind of messed my rhythm up a little bit."
"I started to look to pass first," Evans said. "That's when it kind of went south on me, instead of just doing what I do, and that's attack and if I see somebody open, find them. My mindset (tonight) was just pass first, but that isn't the way I play. I play attack first, and if somebody's open I find them. I just got to do a better job with that."
Asked what Evans needs to do in order to adjust, Gentry said, "We'll work on it, and we'll make it work."
Evans, who missed the first 17 games of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October, has played in the Pelicans' past four games. He's averaging 11 points and 7.7 assists per game and adjusting to a different offensive system than the one the Pelicans played last season.
"I just got to play the way I play," Evans said. "That's the bottom line. I think if I do that, everything will take care of itself."