The Pelicans clearly could have used Williamson, who averaged 27 points per game last season.
Still, Green said there were a ”ton of positives” that New Orleans could take for the game and said it wasn’t surprising to see the Sixers, an established playoff team, close the game well.
Ingram finished with 25 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, a new starter at guard in his third NBA season, scored 23 points. Outrebounded New Orleans 52-50 and outshot the Pelicans 51.8% to 41.9%.
Pelicans: New center Jonas Valanciunas made his New Orleans debut on the same day he signed a two-year extension for a reported $30 million.