Before Game 1 of the three/six matchup between the Trail Blazers and Pelicans tips off Saturday night, your loyal podcast crew of Joe Freeman, he of The Oregonian/OregonLive.com, and Casey Holdahl (me) of Trailblazers.com hit the Moda Center studio to record the first 2018 playoff edition of the Rip City Report, which you can listen to on just about every podcast platform below.
There is quite a bit of confusion around the different NBA Playoff scenarios, and where the Pelicans could land in the seeding race in the Western Conference.
"Our goal is not to just get into the playoffs, but to make some noise", Davis said, via the Pelicans' official website.
Here's the chart you can use as you watch everything play out tonight! Finished 14-26 on the road, losing their last eight away from San Antonio.
"They stole one from us here, and we felt like that was a game that we should have had". New Orleans also had 32 points on fast breaks, compared to 17 for the Spurs.
Spurs: Kyle Anderson and Bryn Forbes each scored 10 points. New Orleans' 48 victories is the third most in franchise history, which officially dates back to the NBA's return to the city in 2002-03.
Soon after, New Orleans began clamping down on defense and ramping up its tempo in transition, closing the second quarter on a 19-4 run that earned the Pelicans a standing ovation as they walked off the floor at halftime with a 61-43 lead. His availability for the playoffs remains unclear. Instead, New Orleans rallied, going 21-13 the rest of the way and ending the season on a five-game winning streak. They are identical to what the players wear before the game when they're doing warm-ups. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry says his guys will need to play well on the defensive end.
Making it to the playoffs is a real achievement for New Orleans but their superstar isn't content with just taking part and is hoping to finally win his first series after being swept by the Golden State Warriors in his only previous appearance.
Pelicans: Start their postseason in Portland.