NBA Playoffs Game 3: Blazers @ Pelicans
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 21, 2018,
Apr 21, 2018, 12:38
I mean, I love Terry Stotts, I love Damian Lillard, but I'm with you, I think New Orleans is like, woah, wait a minute. But with the series basically on the line, he'll need to find a way to outduel the excellent Holiday and lift the Blazers to a big road win. This gives the Pelicans a 2-0 series lead heading back home for games three and four.
Turnovers were an issue for the second straight game for Milwaukee. Active hands is the modus operandi of the Pelicans' defense - you can see it every time the Blazers come down the floor - and Mirotic has bought in. Portland never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
The 68-year-old Frenchman has won the Premier League title three times and the FA Cup seven times with Arsenal since taking over in October 1996, but has faced growing disillusionment from fans in recent years. Other than his 2013-14 season in which he only played 34 games, his 1.83 defensive real plus-minus is a career-best.
Confidently walking through a tunnel in the Moda Center, Anthony Davis paused for a brief moment to compose himself before running out on the court to take on the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 on Tuesday.
It's easy to see how New Orleans held a 19-point halftime lead. His postseason has been one long heat check, and he is scorching right now.
The wing was 43-for-80 * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/shooting/?Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&DistanceRange=By%20Zone&sort=Mid-Range%20FG%20PCT&dir=1&PerMode=Totals&CF=Mid-Range%20FGA*GE*80" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *(53.8 percent) on all midrange attempts, which also ranked No. 4 overall among those with as many attempts.
In Game 2, Holiday posted 33 points and 9 assists, looking virtually unstoppable on dribble penetration.
Nikola Mirotic has averaged 24.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks over the last five games for New Orleans.
Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a career playoff-high 12 assists as Toronto set team playoff records for points in a quarter, a half, and a game.
In their last five games, Portland is 1-4 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Trail Blazers are struggling and they simply don't seem engaged at this point in time.
"New Orleans fans are the best in the country".
Then there's Holiday, who has defended Lillard more than any other member of the Pelicans. I assume that there was some talk between Chicago and New Orleans prior to the Cousins injury. I like the pace we started the game with. Head coach Gentry satisfied on tonights game. Their lone win was the one that clinched the Northwest Division title over a Utah team that was playing the second game of a back to back.
The Trail Blazers are 44-19 when they score more than 100 points, while the Pelicans are 46-22. He was definitely struggling with an ankle injury down the stretch against the Trail Blazers, and the Pelicans will find life hard without arguably their most reliable 3-point shooter (which would have sounded insane to start this series) in the next few games of this series. Rajon Rondo added a cool nine assists to his 17 in Game 1, in addition to 16 points (including a dagger three where he was left all alone outside).