Anthony Davis not satisfied with just another trip to playoffs

17 April, 2018, 20:37 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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The Pelicans opened up as slight underdogs in the opening game of the series and they came through as the combination of Holiday and Davis played a big role in the team taking such a big lead. I think we did that.

In the other corner, one of the league's best players - and a guy on a roll - in Anthony Davis.

During their March 27 victory over New Orleans, the Blazers didn't shoot all that well from three (31.3 percent), and it was Al-Farouq Aminu's turn to be bad; he shot just 2/10 from downtown. But two months later the Pelicans beat the Blazers 123-116 in Portland without Davis.

San Antonio and New Orleans kept things close in the first quarter, but the game fell apart by the start of the second. "He's making sure we're making the effort to get back into the offense and get some assists for him". Davis and Cousins combined for 60 points and 28 rebounds in NOP's win on January 12.

"When Cousins went down, everybody kind of wrote them off and they've done a great job of really competing since then", Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

Lillard finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while McCollum had 19 points. "The playoffs is a different animal". The Pelicans previously lost DeMarcus Cousins, Alexis Ajinca and Frank Jackson to season-ending injuries. Defensively, the Pelicans are yielding 110.6 points per game against the opposing teams.

The Blazers went on a 13-game winning streak, starting with a victory over Golden State just before the All-Star break that boosted their playoff position. "We would have liked to have a 50-win season but you can't complain about a division championship or 49 wins", Lillard said.

The two teams will reconvene for game two at the Moda Center on Tuesday but the Pelicans should now be considered the favourites in this series after claiming home court.

The MVP candidate told reporters after the game (per Sports Illustrated) that "it means a lot to get that monkey off your back and get this first win". However, through a tiebreaker with those two teams, Oklahoma City finished as the No. 4 seed, the Jazz clinched the No. 5 seed and the Pelicans sixth. CJ McCollum (1/6) didn't shoot much better from distance.

Since basketball is a game of runs - and since the law of averages plays such a huge role - it's sometimes - not always, but sometimes - hard to specify which individual performances or statistical categories were most relevant to a particular win or loss. Clearly, this was a New Orleans team that showed up with something to play for.

Saturday, April 21: at New Orleans, 2 p.m.



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