Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans preview

NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans preview

The New Orleans Pelicans entered their series against the Portland Trail Blazers with expectations of putting up a fight and maybe advancing to the second round.

"A lot of people counted us out after the injury to DeMarcus, so this is wonderful", Davis said following Saturday's series-clinching, 131-123 victory over third-seeded Portland. I think so I think this round they're still gonna do that as well.

With that in mind, it makes the fact that Holiday was able to maintain a true shooting percentage of 63 percent even more impressive.

Four games later, New Orleans is on a nine-game winning streak and moving to the second round of the playoffs for only the second time in 16 seasons since the National Basketball Association returned to the city in 2002. However, New Orleans rallied, despite losing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins in late January to a torn Achilles tendon.

The Pelicans were extremely effective at carrying out this game plan, especially against Lillard, who didn't score more than 20 points in any of the four first-round playoff games against NOP. The Pelicans were 27-21 in games Cousins appeared in.

Lowe speculated that a three-year deal could be the most likely deal for Cousins, though it depends on who's bidding.

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The 25-year-old Davis is now in his sixth season in New Orleans.

Lillard turned in an MVP-type performance in the regular season. During the playoffs, Rondo has emerged as the club's third star, piling up 53 assists in four games.

Davis averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds and almost three blocks per game during the first round of the playoffs, earning him constant "M-V-P" chants from fans - who hope this is just the start. Both teams dispatched their opponents quickly and will accordingly get time off before their next games.

There have been light rumblings suggesting coach Terry Stotts could be fired, but that would only happen if Olshey goes, too. He scored 28 points, making 10-of-18 from the field, including 6-of-11 from deep. Rajon Rondo, the other starting guard, had the fifth highest defensive rating of the team at 108.2 points per 100 possessions. Join the Pelican Debrief team! The Raptors have better and more cohesive talent around its star guards, and when you look at the Blazers roster, there are no obvious players for whom you'd like to get extra shots. "What he's doing now, and I said this a couple months ago, the world is finally seeing the real Jrue Holiday, and I love every minute of it".

Of course, the challenge will be even greater for the Pelicans.

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