If the Pelicans indeed climb back into the playoff race, mark Sunday's date down.
March 19, 2017.
It was Super Sunday in New Orleans, where the Mardi Gras Indians had one of their festive parties in the city.
But it was also Super Sunday inside the Smoothie King Center, as the Pelicans had a long-awaited coming out party of their own.
Actually, this was more like Super "Sizzling" Sunday, thanks to Jordan Crawford. (We'll get to that in a minute).
Finally, all the pieces fit together perfectly for the first time since the trade that brought DeMarcus Cousins to the Big Easy.
There was "Fire and Ice," the name Cousins gave to himself and Anthony Davis, sprinkled it with a whole lot of "Instant Grits," the name Cousins penned on newcomer Jordan Crawford, mixed in with a dash of everybody else.
In all, six Pelicans reached double figures in the 123-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Boogie and the Brow combined for 43 points and 23 rebounds. Jrue Holiday scored 21. E'Twaun Moore had 14. And Solomon Hill, finally finding his groove this season, had 13.
But it was those scorching instant grits that put the finishing touches on this one. He scored 11 of his 22 points in the final quarter. It's the most points he's scored in his seven games since joining the Pelicans, surpassing his previous highs of 19 he scored against Utah and Charlotte. He still has a ways to go to eclipse the 41 points he scored against the Denver Nuggets in 2014 when playing for the Golden State Warriors. And he has an even longer way to go to get to that 72 points he scored in China 14 months ago playing for the Tianjin Ronggang.
But the sharp-shooting journeyman, who has played on five NBA teams, two college teams, two D-league teams and two teams overseas, seems to be just the piece this team needed: a consistent scorer. He made 9 of 13 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range in 21 minutes on Sunday.
The name "Instant Grits" couldn't be more fitting.
"Yeah, that's exactly what he is," said Davis.
As scary as it sounds, Crawford may not have hit his groove yet.
"He said he was still stiff, so I haven't seen it though," Davis said. "If he's not stiff, there's no telling what he can do."
Crawford, who wore a Jackie Robinson jersey during postgame interviews, says he has embraced the new nickname. It goes right along with the one he had growing up in Detroit.
"Back home they called me 'Sizzle,'" Crawford said. "It's the same thing as Instant Grits. You land on the pan and you pop."
And boy has Crawford landed in the Pelicans pan and popped. He made his Pelicans debut just 13 days ago and already making his mark. He's scored double figures in six of his seven games. The Pelicans are 4-3 in those games, but more importantly have won four of their past five.
They have all of a sudden vaulted from 13th to 11th in the past three days, passing the Timberwolves in the standings Sunday after leaping over the Kings after Friday's win against the Rockets.
"Everybody is playing together," Crawford said. "Nobody is trying to be the hero. Everybody is happy for each other and just playing together."
With another shooter in the lineup, players like AD and Cousins may not get as many shots as they did before. But they don't seem to mind one bit.
"We tell him to keep shooting," Davis said. "He's playing at a high level right now. We are always cheering for him on the bench. We are telling him he doesn't have to sacrifice anything. He's got the 0-2 green light."
Crawford's high level is a big reason why the Pelicans are playing at a high level as well.
On this Super Sunday, the instant grits were sizzling.