Pelicans bring back coach Alvin Gentry next season

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Are the Pelicans as good as they looked in the first round? How does Golden State handle New Orleans' size?

In Game 3, Holiday was hyped up again and had the famous moment when he mocked Portland's Jusuf Nurkic by pointing at him after a ferocious putback dunk by New Orleans forward Anthony Davis that left the center tumbling to the floor.

"There's always, you know, 'You can't win in a small market or you can't get noticed in a small market, ' but then you look at those guys and they've won and been well recognized in their respective teams", Davis said, referring to Miller and Duncan.

"I love it", Davis said. I love playing for the city.

"I try to do a lot of the talking on the court myself for those guys". So, apparently, is the rest of the world.

Perhaps even the Pelicans next-round opponents will be happy for Davis. Portland may decide that it can only let Nurkic walk and hope that Zach Collins is its big man of the future.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees remains New Orleans' most popular athlete.

According to the team, Monday, the New Orleans Pelicans ticket office launched a playoff ticket pre-sale event in which a single passcode was distributed to full season ticket holders who opted into purchasing their season tickets for the playoffs. Knowing that a showdown with his former team is looming, Gentry wants to have fun with the situation.

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So, if New Orleans continues to play well, Davis can match Durant's production, while Holiday can match Thompson's and Rondo can match Green's.

Cousins is set to be an unrestricted free agent following the season, per Spotrac, meaning the Pelicans' decision-making will be put to the test soon. They ran the table during a pressure-packed final five games of the regular season, climbing to sixth in the Western Conference.

That's not to diminish Cousins as one of the most talented frontcourt players in the National Basketball Association. It was also the only game between the two this season that didn't include Cousins and Curry, who sprained his ankle on March 23.

Unlike when Paul was in New Orleans, the Pelicans are now on sound financial footing, with the same local ownership as the NFL's Saints.

The most troubling situation in this series could be JaVale McGee guarding Anthony Davis.

"I don't care. I just want to out coach Steve Kerr". He made his fifth-straight All-Star team and boasted averages of 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks.

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.

Rondo has turned into full-blown "Playoff Rondo", and the results speak for themselves. "This is just one check mark of the bigger goal that we have in mind".