In all fairness, the Pelicans can be an incredibly hard team with which to match up, a notion exclusively centered around the presence of Anthony Davis.
The New Orleans Pelicans can wrap up their playoff series with Portland with a win today versus the Trail Blazers. His strength-projecting celebration afterward was that of a franchise player determined to lay the foundation of his playoff legacy with a dominant performance in the clutch. "I couldn't imagine what it's like going all those years not being able to compete in the postseason when you're that level of player", Lillard said. "He just wasn't going to let us lose tonight". I wish his success hadn't come against us, but at the end of the day, as a competitor, you can't be a poor sport. CJ McCollum said he thinks Stotts has done a good job for what he has had to work with.
The hype behind the #Portland Trail Blazers was warranted with the team finishing 3rd in the Western Conference with a record of 49-33 with Damian Lillard leading the charge averaging about 27 points per game, along with about 7 assists, and 4 rebounds according to the ESPN database.
Regardless, Turner shared his assessment that the team failed to have an adequate game plan for a scenario where their two best players are neutralized. Suddenly, giving Cousins the max during the summer doesn't seem like such a good idea. Holiday scored six points during the final 2:52, starting with his 3-pointer.
But that, as they say, is why we play the games. "I couldn't ask for a better duo right now, especially at the time of the game where we needed to get the ball in the hole".
"We took care of business", Embiid said.
It isn't a surprise the Warriors are winning there series, but it is a surprise that the Pelicans are handling the Trail Blazers easily. He's said if he plays, he'll be back with Miami - though there's no guarantee. The second question was about their possible second-round opponent Golden State.
He has done a great job so far in the National Basketball Association playoffs at dictating the pace for the Pelicans. Golden State has a bevy of large bodies to throw at Davis, including JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, Kevon Looney and David West - a revolving door of physical defenders that will take its toll on Davis as the series goes on.
Pelicans: Nikola Mirotic had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Joel Embiid finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia. McCollum has scored at least 20 points in nine of his last 12 playoff games.
Also, between Game's 3 and 4, he had 15 combined turnovers compared to six assists. From the tip, it looked as though they'd done so.
Rondo, who shared the post-game hero's podium with Davis and Holiday, said he had come to New Orleans to play with the "Big 3" of Holiday, Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Some words and shoving ensued, and McCollum was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul on the play.