The Trail Blazers were down by 19 points at halftime, on the road, against a team that had taken both games in Portland already. The NBA playoff contest will begin at 8:00 pm central. The Pelicans previously lost DeMarcus Cousins, Alexis Ajinca and Frank Jackson to season-ending injuries.
That's more points, rebounds and assists than any Heat player is averaging. Although they were only one game ahead, they are 3 seeds ahead in the number 3 slot. He got to the line for over 7 free throws per game in the regular season, but couldn't break down New Orleans' guards or draw fouls on the big men.
Anthony Davis is averaging 24.3 PPG this series. Before a sold-out crowd packed with with fans in painted faces and wearing "Do It BigGer" shorts, the sixth seeded Pelicans raced to a commanding 3-0 lead in this best-of-seven series against the third-ranked Blazers. Superstar Anthony Davis did what he does, getting a double double with 28 points and 11 rebounds, but his supporting cast may have been more impressive.
Holiday did plenty of damage on the offensive side as well, averaging 23.3 points, six assists and 4.3 rebounds through three games before exploding for 41 points, eight assists and three rebounds on Saturday. 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. He returned to play 27 minutes in Game 2, and 26 minutes in Thursday's loss in Game 3.
But, Holiday pointed to the defense as a whole simply executing the game plan, covering and recovering on screens to ensure no matter what Portland tries to adjust, there's simply nowhere to go. Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins will have to stand tall in the interior, keying in on stopping Davis on the inside.
"I think New Orleans is really selling out to stop Damian", Blazers' coach Terry Stotts said. However, there needs to be some blame directed at Damian Lillard, the Blazers franchise guard.
Jrue Holiday said the fact the Pelicans have been able to bottle Dame up so far only makes him and CJ more risky going into Game 4. "He's a very good basketball player". Davis and Holiday proved they were strong. But, after the game, it's fair to assume that he and his teammates were able to see the replay. Especially with this team who battles. Most basketball fans know that teams in these situations are going to lose more often than not (Unless you are the Celtics past year who won because the Bulls absolutely fell apart when Rondo got hurt).
Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. In 2015, the Smoothie King Center was hyped the last time the team was in the postseason even though they never beat the Golden State Warriors a single time in that series.