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The New Orleans Pelicans closed out the season Wednesday night with a 105-100 win over the the playoff-bound Houston Rockets in front of a raucous home crowd.

The end of the season couldn’t have come soon enough.

This inaugural season of the rebranded New Orleans Pelicans will be remembered — but more for the team’s many hiccups than the very real successes of New Orleans’ here-to-stay NBA franchise.

For every Smoothie King naming-rights deal and All-Star Game selection there was yet another season-ending injury. Or a Pierre the Pelican.

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Pierre the Pelican, eponymous mascot of the New Orleans Pelicans basketball team, suffered a broken beak during a pickup basketball game with other mascots and will undergo "surgery" later today, the team announced this afternoon in a press release.

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The sliding New Orleans Pelicans staved off a seventh straight home loss Sunday evening, outlasting the woeful Orlando Magic 100-92.

Anthony Davis was once again the undisputed star of the injury-depleted Pelicans, racking up 22 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocked shots in just under 42 minutes on the floor. His rebound count was a career-high for the second-year forward, and marked his 20th double-double of the season.

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Ryan Anderson, the New Orleans Pelicans' veteran forward, has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and will be out indefinitely, the team announced today.

Anderson, a central figure in New Orleans' recent success on the court, suffered the injury on Jan. 3 in a collision with Celtics forward Gerald Wallace in the fourth quarter of a game in Boston. Anderson was taken to a Boston-area hospital for tests, and remained there as the team went on to Indianapolis.

Anderson also sat out a few games at the start of the season, due to a broken toe suffered in the preseason.

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Lou Amundson, the team announced Tuesday evening.

Amundson averaged 2.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 10.2 minutes over the 18 games he played for New Orleans this season.

The Pelicans roster is now at 14 players.

The next Pelicans game will be in Boston on Jan. 3. The game tips off at 6:30 p.m., and can be seen locally on Fox Sports.

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed 7-foot-2 center Alexis Ajinca, the team announced today.

Ajinca comes to New Orleans after two years in the Euroleague, where he played for Strasbourg, France. He was drafted 20th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats — after Charlotte, he played for the Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors before moving over to the Euroleague.

The terms of Ajinca's contract have not been released, per Pelicans team policy.

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Josh Childress, the team announced Friday afternoon.

Childress appeared in just four games with the Pelicans this season, since being signed on Nov. 12, 2013. He played 24 minutes total, scoring zero points but pulling in three rebounds, dishing out two assists, and recording a steal.

Childress, who played college ball at Stanford, has appeared in 391 career NBA games, averaging 9.1 ppints, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26.7 minutes per game.

The Pelicans roster is now 14 players strong.

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The New Orleans Pelicans, plagued by injuries all this season, will now be without swingman Tyreke Evans, who was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain. He will be out from 1-2 weeks.

The team says Evans suffered the injury during the third quarter of the Dec. 6 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Pelicans lost that game at home, 109-95.

A swingman is a player who can play both guard and forward.

Evans sprained his left ankle earlier this season, forcing him out for a few games.

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Anthony Davis, the 6-foot-10 second-year power forward that has been a crucial piece of the New Orleans Pelicans’ high-flying offense this season, broke his hand in the first quarter of Sunday night’s game against the New York Knicks.

The injury has been described as a “non-displaced fracture” in his right hand, according to the team, who will be updating the media on his status later this week since the team is currently on a road trip.

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