Pelicans finish sweep of Blazer | NBA playoffs roundup


In a two-man performance, the likes of which are rarely seen in the National Basketball Association post-season, Davis had 47 points and Holiday 41.

Even though both teams were just one seed away from the 4 and 5 match-up, the Pelicans' sweep felt exponentially more of an upset, not just because they were the six seed, but the way they, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, and a the newly-beard-less Nikola Mirotic in particular, dominated the Blazers throughout the series.

With AP Photos.Anthony Davis scored a franchise playoff-record 47 points and the New Orleans Pelicans completed a first-round playoff sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers with a 131-123 victory.

The Blazers shot an impressive 50/95 (52.6%) from the field, but the Pelicans shot better, 45/79 (57%). The other seven series are still going.

Question is, could this team beat the Golden State Warriors in the second round?

The 76ers lead the Eastern Conference series 3-1 and can close out the Heat when play resumes in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

And that's a role the Pelicans relish. We all know how great Anthony Davis is, we all remember Rondo's glory days with Boston.

"I don't agree with it", Lillard said of potentially moving one player, per Ashish Mathur of Pro Hoops Digest.

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The words aren't empty.

Davis' Pelicans looked like anything but a shoo-in for the postseason after fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season in late January with an Achilles tear. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

"I just tried to go out every game and play to the best of my ability so I can help the team win", Davis said.

Those 49 regular-season wins were great.

"It gave us a lot of motivation and a lot of confidence to go into this next series and play as hard as we can and execute". Although, Davis has been brilliant all series long and might just as easily play Nurkic out of the game.

Coach Alvin Gentry has stuck with his new "Core 4" lineup as much as he could during the winning streak, and the results have been staggering. No one else in a Portland uniform, with some apologies to Al-Farouq Aminu, was able to dissuade the Pels from their dogged pursuit of Lillard and somewhat similar effort against backcourt mate CJ McCollum. It's a position the Pelicans have gotten used to. 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. My expectation was high coming in, knowing the talent I was playing with.

Lillard and the Blazers have made the playoffs in each of the past five years - but they haven't made it past the second round, and they have now been swept in the first round for the second straight year.

"It took a while, but at the end of the day, nothing comes quickly".