26 April, 2018
"We are very capable to beat whoever it's going to be if we play our basketball and we compete, it's going to be very hard for them to stop AD and Jrue and everyone else". Juvenile halftime shows. I'll be here for it and New Orleans will too, and we'll tell our kids about it too.
"It was fun", Davis said. Lillard said they're making him give up the ball and there are 2-3 layers of defense that's tough to play against. Since Feb. 10, the Pelicans have an offensive rating of 108.6, compared to the Warriors' 110.
The 25-year-old Davis is now in his sixth season in New Orleans.
His teams have never had a consistent identity.
And it came in a game where he was involved in a second-period scuffle.
The pair scored 28 of the Pelicans' final 29 points in Saturday's contest. New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in its last five games after allowing 100 or more points in its previous game.
"I don't agree with it", Lillard said of potentially moving one player, per Ashish Mathur of Pro Hoops Digest. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 27, Damian Lillard added 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. Nevertheless, they ended up with the third seed in the Western Conference, finishing with a record of 49-33.
The Blazers, by contrast, became the first-ever three-seed to be swept in the first round and Lillard, who emerged as a fringe MVP candidate on many voters' ballots during the regular season, could not hide his emotions.More news: Russia: UN permit holding up chemical weapons probe in Syria
"It's not how we envisioned it happening for us, especially getting home court", Lillard said. And they came in with a great defensive game plan, they threw something at us that we hadn't seen and it worked out for them.
As far as how far they will go in the playoffs? Certain rookies can make a big impact from game one, but Collins was not ready for that role in October.
Question is, could this team beat the Golden State Warriors in the second round?
They ran Portland off the court. Davis was phenomenal, but guard Jrue Holiday may have actually been the best player in the series, on both ends of the floor.
The acquisition of Nikola Mirotic was another great idea as he is thriving in the offense shooting threes and scoring in transition. Moore finished with 14 points.
Davis, after all, was a young fan when Reggie Miller was in the twilight of an 18-year career with in that transformed the Pacers into playoff regulars - and while Tim Duncan was embarking on a long career in San Antonio highlighted by five National Basketball Association titles.
The starting backcourt of Butler and Teague outplayed the Rockets' tandem of James Harden and Chris Paul, helping the Timberwolves cut the series deficit to 2-1 with Game 4 Monday at Target Center. From the tip, it looked as though they'd done so.
"We put the ball in these guys' hands and they delivered for us", said Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo, who lived up to his own "playoff Rondo" reputation with 53 assists in the four-game series.