Pelicans Sweep the Blazers:
The New Orleans Pelicans have swept the Portland Trailblazers, winning Game 4 by a score of 131-123. It was all New Orleans for much of the series, despite being the lower seed. Anthony Davis proved to be the best player on the court. He’s been successful in years past, but had never won a playoff game. Now? He has four victories. Davis averaged 33.0 points and 12 rebounds per game. Including a monster performance to close out the Blazers. In Game 4, The Brow dropped 47 points and 11 rebounds. The 47 points is a franchise high for a playoff game.
Jrue Holiday broke out in the series as well. He outplayed both of Portland’s All-Star guards, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Holiday, who has playoff experience from his days with the Philadelphia 76ers, went off for 41 points and eight assists in the final game of the series. He averaged 27.75 points and 6.5 assists per game. Rajon Rondo has the most experience of any Pelicans player was also a factor. He had double digit assists in three of the four games. Rondo averaged a miraculous 13.5 assists per game in the series. He’s looking for his second title after winning it all in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.
New Orleans will now head to the Second Round for the first time during the Anthony Davis Era. They will likely meet the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. Golden State is currently up 3-0 on the San Antonio Spurs and will have a chance to secure the sweep tomorrow during the day. The Pelicans were just 1-3 against the Warriors this year, but are playing better than ever right now. Plus, according to ESPN, Stephen Curry could still be out for the beginning of the series. New Orleans has the makeup of a team that could take down Golden State, and they’ll get a chance to sooner rather than later.
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