They are down 2-1 and can’t lose both games at home if they want to have a chance to pull off the upset against top-seeded Phoenix.

The game three loss for New Orleans was a frustrating one, as they made more 3-point shots, more free throws,  

got 64 combined points from Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum, out-rebounded the Suns and still lost the game. 

The upside is that the Pelicans didn’t play well but still only lost by three, so they should be able to get a win at home with a few adjustments and more contributions from their big men.

Jonas Valanciunas and Jaxson Hayes combined for just 10 points in the last game, and allowed Deandre Ayton to go off for 28 points and 17 boards, which offset the absence of Devin Booker.

The Suns scored 64 points in the paint, which is unacceptable from the Pelicans, as they were supposed to have the advantage down low.

The Pels also have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, as they turned it over 14 times to the Suns’ five, which was one of the deciding factors in the game.

The Pelicans will give it everything they have tonight against the Suns in a must-win game four at home.