He turned to the side and a video camera caught Ingram and said to someone, “This is over. It’s over. It’s over.”
This week is over, and the Wild Ride of the Western Conference Player of the Week has come to an end.
Ingram was then sent off in the third quarter. This is because Flagrant 2 called at its best on the road. Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday’s New Year’s Eve, and his 31-point effort on Saturday ended things.
This week, and this season, Ingram’s talent and pelicans show how he uses him.
Pelican signed Ingram for a maximum contract extension shortly before the start of the season. This is a 5-year contract with no options. The future plan is for him to be the basis of the franchise. Zion Williamson..
And while 20-year-old Williamson sometimes made astounding attacks, New Orleans relied early on Ingram to get closer to the team.
“I’m very comfortable,” Ingram said of the role of closing. “I know my teammates expect me to play at the end of a basketball game. It’s up to me to provide it.”
But the problem so far this season has been that Ingram couldn’t deliver the way he wanted. Throughout Saturday’s match, Ingram was 6/21 (28.6%) in the fourth quarter and has yet to score three points in the fourth quarter in six attempts. He is 8-of-11 from the line, mainly due to his 7-of-9 shooting on Saturday.
Of the 70 players who attempted more than 15 field goals in the fourth quarter, his shot rate was 68th.
How does it compare to Ingram in the first three quarters? Prior to the fourth quarter, Ingram shot 51.2% overall and 50.0% (16-of-32) with three pointers.
Of his 21 fourth-quarter field goal attempts this season, 19 were jumpers. Of these 19 jumpers, 18 are contested according to the data collected by Second Spectrum. He is forcing himself to these shots as he is about to become a leader, and slowly but surely, Pelican sees him that way.
“Brandon is playing great overall,” Williamson said. “He always steps up for us. When we need him, he is there for us.”
Just a season ago, Ingram shot 46% overall and 41% deep in the fourth quarter. He scored an average of 5.8 points in the last 12 minutes, just below Williamson’s average of 6.5 on the team (and he played in just 24 games).
Ingram was named the league’s most improved player because of the leap he made last season. For some, it’s been the jump Ingram has been expecting since Ingram was second in the 2016 NBA Draft. Los Angeles Lakers..
But injuries and inconsistent play, and a year of trade rumors swirling around him in Los Angeles, never made Ingram begin to take full advantage of his potential until he arrived in New Orleans. I didn’t forgive you.
Now he has begun to take a leap forward. Overall, his points, field goal percentages, 3-point percentages, rebounds, and per-game assists have all increased since pre-season. His fouling is down. His sales are declining. And he’s done everything from the team that played at the fourth fastest pace in the league last season to the third slowest team early in this young season.
BI continues to improve
2018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21
FTA / Game: 5.6 | 5.9 | 6.7
Rebound / Game: 5.1 | 6.1 | 6.8
Assist / Game: 3.0 | 4.2 | 5.3 5.3
Personal fouls / games: 2.9 | 2.9 | 1.2
3%: 33.0 | 39.1 | 42.1
—> Traded from Los Angeles to New Orleans in June 2019
Ingram is still taking the necessary steps to become the cornerstone of the franchise that envisions Pelicans being with Williamson.
“I know it’s early, but only MVPs can say,” Bledsoe said of Ingram’s ability to close the game.
Bledsoe and some 750 fans who attended the Smoothie King Center on Saturday and started some MVP chants later in the game may have those desires for Ingram. Currently, Ingram is just trying to improve.
“I need to keep myself at a high standard,” Ingram said. “I have to play right at the end of the game, I still play loose, but they just take care of the basketball, know the right shots, and know to play stretches. Means if you trust me that I have to trust myself to make those plays. “
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Brandon Ingram continues to build on his breakout campaign
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