Midway through the first quarter of the Pelicans loss to the Rockets on Monday, Jalen Jones made his first appearance in 12 games and just the fourth of his career. He ends the quarter with a donut in the boxscore.
Up by 13 with two minutes left in the third quarter, Jones made his second appearance of the game. Within 20 seconds, he picks up a foul. 20 seconds later, he finds himself guarding Chris Paul one-on-one. Seconds later, he found himself playing Twister as CP3 showed he still has some of the best handles in the league before scoring on a layup. In the remaining minute, Paul knocked down two threes over Jones, including one at the buzzer.
The Rockets ended up winning 130-123 after outscoring the Pelicans 34-20 in the final quarter. CP3 finished with 20 points, 9 boards, 6 assist and 3 steals in 33 minutes. Jones finished the game with 0 points on 0-for-1 shooting, 1 rebound and 1 foul in 9 minutes. You could say it wasn’t a very memorable night for Jones. Then again, it was. The undrafted D-League All-NBA teamer from Texas is in the league on a two-way contract and guarding future hall of famers. And getting crossed by CP3 isn’t that big of a deal. He’s done it to so many people, the NBA was able to make a four-minute mix of him doing it to defenders.
So, welcome to the NBA Jalen!