National columnist: Too often, Pelicans' Anthony Davis simply not playing hard enough _lowres

Orlando Magic forward Evan Fournier, left, goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


The New Orleans Pelicans fell to 0-4 after a 103-94 loss to the Orlando Magic in the Smoothie King Center on Tuesday, and a national NBA columnist has a reason for some of the team's struggles this season.

Zach Lowe, a former contributor to recently shutdown, said in a tweet: "There have been too many possessions already this season in which Anthony Davis flat hasn't played hard enough."

"Part of it seems to be frustration," Lowe tweeted. "Got a couple of low/inaccurate passes from PGs tonight, pouted a bit. Pels just need to get healthy."

Davis said he was frustrated after the Magic loss.

"I'm always frustrated," Advocate contributor Scott Kushner tweeted Davis saying after the game. "I just want to be best I can be & help the team win. I feel like I'm not doing that right now...It's on me."

Kushner also tweeted that Davis said: "They're giving me great opportunities and I'm just not finding a way to put the ball in the basket. I have to say with it."

One thing is certain: The Pelicans have a lot of work to do.