Jrue Holiday said the fact the Pelicans have been able to bottle Dame up so far only makes him and CJ more unsafe going into Game 4. And that's what happened Saturday from the New Orleans Pelicans in the latest example of this trend. Anthony Davis has also been playing well since the injury to DaMarcus Cousins, some even suggest that the offense is better with Cousins out of the lineup.
If the Pelicans go down, it'll be with those four guys on the court. "He just was not going to let us lose".
Franchise history was set in more ways than one today - New Orleans posted its first-ever sweep of an National Basketball Association playoff series, while the team's all-time single-game scoring record was cleared not by one but two Pelicans.
For his part Davis said he was trying to build a legacy in New Orleans, and he said he would so glad to see the crowd into it.
"I honestly feel like our team is capable of something like that", Lillard said.
Jrue Holiday is a star in the making.
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.
Davis finished the game with 47 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Rondo, who shared the post-game hero's podium with Davis and Holiday, said he had come to New Orleans to play with the "Big 3" of Holiday, Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. "I didn't come here to win a first or second round series".More news: USA senator, Tammy Duckworth, can feed baby in chamber
Portland never gave up, trimming a 15-point second-half deficit to a single point on Al-Farouq Aminu's layup with 5:08 to go, but Davis responded with 12 points over the final 4:56, staring with a layup as he was fouled and a 3-pointer. Holiday scored six points during the final 2:52, starting with his three-pointer.
The minutes haven't been a concern, though, because New Orleans has used its free-flowing offense to consistently produce good looks, rather than depending on Davis and Holiday to carry the load.
"We put the ball in these guys' hands and they delivered for us", said Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo.
Golden State will have a hard time playing small ball. Nevertheless, they ended up with the third seed in the Western Conference, finishing with a record of 49-33.
"It's not how we envisioned it happening for us, especially getting home court", Lillard said. "We still have another game to win". He's the most reliable fantasy player the Blazers have at this point, with McCollum a close second.
The question is whether he could replicate that with a team like Orlando.
However, something was different about April 19, 2018 in our current era led by once-in-a-lifetime talent Anthony Davis.
Nikola Mirotic is a very good shooter, but he isn't very good defensively. In our six years previous to this year, he had only been to the playoffs once. Westbrook committed eight of the Thunder's 17 turnovers.
The Blazers were also swept in the first round past year, losing 10 straight games overall in the playoffs.