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Pelicans Expertly Trolled ESPN's 'Experts' After Eliminating Blazers

Pelicans Expertly Trolled ESPN's 'Experts' After Eliminating Blazers”

Another issue for the Pelicans is that their new style of play - Davis surrounded by a bunch of wings - plays right into the Warriors' hands.

"In a close out game, with the magnitude of the situation, this has probably been the best game he's played since I've been here", said Gentry of Davis.

"Let them sleep", was Davis' mantra throughout the Pelicans' four-game sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers, which concluded with Saturday's 131-123 win in the Smoothie King Center.

The team conducted their exit interviews on Sunday, during which general manager Neil Olshey made the rather curious argument for staying the course, which is a tactic that has invariably led the team to the exact same destination each spring: an early postseason exit.

Next up for the Pelicans, likely the Golden State Warriors, who are now without Stephen Curry. Obviously, the blowout in Game 3, we were just totally outplayed.

That makes a four-game series sweep for the Pelicans, who become the first team to cement their spot in the second round of the playoffs. His Playoff record is not better at 11-27. In 2008, the New Orleans Hornets lost in the second round in 7 games to the San Antonio Spurs.

Question is, could this team beat the Golden State Warriors in the second round?

"They were up into us a lot, a lot more aggressive than we were". Over and over again, the Pelicans have traipsed their way around adversity this season. "We just didn't play great".

Anthony Davis scored 33 points in the second half has the Pelicans put the pedal to the metal.

"We knew this game would be extremely hard. We are going to try to get a couple of days of rest and come back locked in and ready to go". We stuck together for the entire season.

While the Pelicans' style and strategy has morphed throughout the season, a reaction to their various bouts with adversity, it's clear how they have approached the postseason.

If the Pelicans go down, it'll be with those four guys on the court.

It is a date to never be forgotten in the cultural history of the great City of New Orleans, State of Louisiana and Gulf Coast region.

"Two and three layers of defense", explained Lillard, who said the Pelicans are keeping a big defender on him after screens instead of falling off of him - which is forcing him to either give up the ball or take tough shots. No, he doesn't. We're going to be stuck watching Clark get extended minutes against the Lillards, McCollums, and pretty soon the Currys and Thompsons of the National Basketball Association world. It's a position the Pelicans have gotten used to. "He joined a playoff team.with playoff aspirations and other guys got opportunities before him at that position".

Davis was especially feeling the moment when he drained 3-pointers in both the third and fourth quarters - one of which came after Portland had cut the lead to two points with 4:34 remaining. "My expectations were high coming in, knowing the talent I was playing with".



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