New Orleans Pelicans Sweep Portland Trail Blazers

27 April, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • The Portland Trail Blazers Season Is Over – Now What?

The Warriors struggled to overcome the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals and lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals after a 73-9 regular season. Many will be for less than he is looking for, but Cousins is going to have plenty of interest.

Anthony Davis is king of the Bayou and arguably the most dominant force in the game. The Pelicans, however, posted a dominant point differential of 18 points per game in that five-game stretch.

I keep returning to this, but one reason for this overreaction is just how efficiently New Orleans torched Portland's playoff aspirations.

The most recent matchup between the two teams was April 7, when New Orleans beat Golden State 126-120 at Oracle Arena. Having up to four home games in the series is, indeed, an "advantage", as demonstrated by the fact that 26 of the 30 National Basketball Association teams posted superior home records, (the Pelicans, curiously, ended up with an even home-away record).

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More than anything else, Holiday's performances have shown that he's more than willing to step up to the plate when his team needs him big moments. Nick Young, David West, and Quinn Cook have all performed well this season. His mediocre play comes off the heals of one of Portland's best seasons in years. That was a surprisingly close series for a four-game sweep - Golden State won the games by an average of 8.0 points per game and included that classic overtime game in Game 3. He shot 57 percent from the field and averaged seven assists.

Of course, the Warriors do have Durant now. Both were also the team leaders in block percentage, with Mirotic accounting for 5.5 percent of all blocks that occurred with him in play, and Davis blocking 5.8 percent of all shots with him on the court.

The Pelicans could be one of the surprise packages in this year's playoffs after a convincing sweep of the Trail Blazers in the first round, so either the Warriors or the Spurs are going to have a tough time playing against them in the second round. "From player personnel to the front office, whatever it may be, we're trying to let everybody know that New Orleans is a place where we're trying to win - and he's the key piece you need".

The Pelicans signed Rajon Rondo last summer to add some grit and playoff toughness to a roster, but it's been Holiday that's provided that emotion so far in the postseason. However, with Cousins out, Davis needed offensive help. Nurkic was excellent after the All-Star break, averaging 15.0 points on 56.3 percent shooting, with 10.6 rebounds.

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