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Pelicans sweep Trail Blazers in playoff series

Pelicans sweep Trail Blazers in playoff series”

For all of the criticisms, negativity and flat out irrational hate the New Orleans Pelicans seemed to conquer it all. The Pelicans are playing just fine without him and one of the reasons why is Anthony Davis.

The Pelicans center had just converted a layup as he fell to the court after a hard foul. 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. What's more, multiple players noted they would have been offended at the suggestion that such a thing could happen before the postseason started a little over a week ago. "I think they really deserve it and at the end of the day we are not just happy to be going to the second round".

But the remaining big two of Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday just responded with one of the greatest two-man playoff performances in National Basketball Association history to cap a stunning sweep of the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

"It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks except the guys in that locker room", Davis said.

At a certain point, owners and management expect a team to take a step forward or they begin asking what they are doing.

Jrue Holiday is a star in the making. Holiday capped his 41-point night with an 18-footer that gave the Pelicans a six-point lead with 40 seconds left.

The former Bruin is averaging 27.8 points, 6.5 assists and 4 rebounds in the playoffs.

And it came in a game where he was involved in a second-period scuffle.

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The City of New Orleans loves them for it.

"You put the ball in these two guys' hands and they delivered for us", Rondo said. Nevertheless, they ended up with the third seed in the Western Conference, finishing with a record of 49-33. Unfortunately, they won't see anything until after the season is over. Rip City may have exactly the right personnel to consistently propel them to a successful regular season, but they've had a great deal of trouble matching up with teams in the postseason for as long as anyone can remember.

The Trail Blazers may be ready to make a change. Stotts has become a better coach. The Magic are much further away from winning than the Blazers ever were in his tenure there.

It is quite possible the Golden State Warriors will be without Steph Curry once again in the second round.

"It was fun. It was good to win at home and close the series out", said Davis.

Soon after, Nikola Mirotic added step-back 3. Joe Ingles made five 3-pointers while scoring 21 points, Rudy Gobert added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Derrick Favors tallied 11 points. This was a year where they were not expected to make the Playoffs. Committed 14 turnovers, with Holiday committing seven.

The Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games. From the tip, it looked as though they'd done so. In his past trio of games, The Brow has averaged 28.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.7 blocks on 54.8 percent shooting.



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