Pelicans' Anthony Davis joins four Hall of Famers on elite list

Pelicans Vs Trail Blazers Playoff Preview Starting Lineups Odds Predictions TV Injuries | NBA 4/19/18

Pelicans Vs Trail Blazers Playoff Preview Starting Lineups Odds Predictions TV Injuries | NBA 4/19/18

Today we have the Blazers with Damion Lillard taking on the Pelicans and their star Anthony Davis in Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs.

The acquisition of Nikola Mirotic was another great idea as he is thriving in the offense shooting threes and scoring in transition.

"I never thought I'd score 30 or something like that", Mirotic said. I've just got to be better. "He's just a guy that really has command of the team".

New Orleans pounded Portland early in Game 3, but the Blazers made a decision to show some fight Saturday. "Because if we aren't, there's no tomorrow", Stotts said. "We arguably had one of our worst games of the year, so it was a bad combination". They have been fantastic at both ends of the floor, and their ability to outproduce CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard has cemented the first two playoff wins for the Pelicans of the Anthony Davis era. Game 4 is Saturday. In Games 1 and 2, the veteran wing averaged 6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals in 25.3 minutes per game. Meanwhile the Blazers will do their best to get the series back to Portland, where they'll potentially look to be the first National Basketball Association team to ever come back from a 3-0 deficit. It was all Pelicans Thursday night, but they're not done yet. Lillard believes that grit and tenacity are the factors that have gone New Orleans' way in the first three games of the series.

The 2015 FIBA AfroBasket victor has also averaged 10.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists so far this season. "We know we can do better than what we did, but I'm not going to feel embarrassed or I'm not going to go compete less if I admit they are a better team". "I think this is a different coverage than I've seen in any point in my career". It's two or three layers of defense.

"(Holiday) is a very good player", said McCollum, who led the Blazers with 22 points on 9-for-21 shooting.

Heat snap 76ers 17-game winning streak, even up series
On Monday, the Sixers weren't as open cutting to the basket because the Heat were simply more committed to playing defense. The Sixers were led by Ben Simmons , who posted 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. "Yup.

Turner had been listed as questionable after injuring a toe on his right foot during Game 2 on Tuesday night.

The Pelicans scored 42 points in breaking things open in the third quarter. Keep in mind that this was also Cousins' first full (ish) season as a Pelican, so ball touches didn't come by as easily. Scored 62 points in the paint and 32 on fast breaks.

The Pelicans wore their alternate red uniforms and every fan was given a matching red T-shirt, turning the entire packed seating area into a sea of red.

New Orleans ranks first in points in the paint per game (52.4) while Portland ranks 23rd (43.2). He is shooting 70 percent from the field, including 71 percent on 3-pointers. New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in its last five games after allowing 100 or more points in its previous game. Davis made two free throws for a 126-119 edge with 2:29 remaining. New Orleans comes into this game slightly favored, at -3.

Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics: Injuries have paved the way for Rozier to showcase his talent, most recently with a 23-point, 8-assist effort in game two against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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