Twenty-nine games have come and gone since the New Orleans Pelicans began the 2016-17 season, but they might as well be at square one after Sunday's 113-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

“I just told them: I don’t know what kind of team we have, because we won’t allow ourselves the opportunity to figure that out,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

Time, however, is running out.

“We’ve got to figure it out. We’ve got to figure it out in a hurry,” Gentry said. “It’s not anything we’ve got a month to figure out. We’ve got to figure it out in the next week or so. What are we gonna be? How are we gonna play? We’ve got to be consistent in what we’re doing. That’s the disappointing thing.”

The Pelicans, now 9-20 and four games behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth spot in the Western Conference, entered Sunday’s game with a 4 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight.