Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Pelicans Take 3-0 Lead Over Portland: NBA Twitter Roasts Blazers

Pelicans Take 3-0 Lead Over Portland: NBA Twitter Roasts Blazers

It isn't a surprise the Warriors are winning there series, but it is a surprise that the Pelicans are handling the Trail Blazers easily. As of Thursday morning, Holiday was averaging the third-most drives per game in the playoffs (18.5), significantly more than he did in the regular season (12.3), while maintaining one of the most-efficient drive scoring rates in the league. The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, have some soul searching to do. Portland never got closer than 11 the rest of the way. The Trail Blazers rank 23rd in blocks allowed per game (5.2). "Loose balls, rebounds, free-throw line".

"I think that's what makes us so great, we play every game with desperation".

New Orleans has taken a commanding lead in this series as they continued their late season momentum with a beatdown of Portland in their first home playoff game of the season.

He will go at will against the Pelicans and Durant will be very aggressive. New Orleans lead throughout the game. They only have one game left to figure something out, whether that's running more plays where McCollum is the primary initiator with Lillard off-ball, perhaps looking for more offensive rebound opportunities. Still, this was about as dominating a performance as one could expect in the postseason.

But, up and down the roster, the Pelicans insisted they're not closing the book on the series.

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The 6-9 Harkless returned from knee soreness in Game 2 and scored 11 points in 27 minutes.

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Davis and Holiday combined to score 32 of the team's franchise playoff-high 42 points in the period, and they led by 15 before going into the fourth up 100-87.

With 7:02 left in the first quarter of action, Rondo turned the clock back with a flawless behind-the-back pass to superstar power forward Anthony Davis, who threw down a two-handed dunk to tie the game 14-14.

Portland had a hard enough time dealing with Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis and the New Orleans backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo in Games 1 and 2.

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The Trail Blazers have been outscored by an average of 5.0 points in their last five games. Davis and the Pelicans had to weather the storm during the 4th quarter which saw the Blazers outscore the Pelicans by 10 points. As of Saturday morning, 65 percent of public bets are being placed on host New Orleans. Look for New Orleans to sweep the series and advance to the conference semifinals with a victory here.

"We're against a lot of odds", CJ McCollum said Friday, But he's no stranger to that and it's up to each player to dig deep and find the motivation to mount a comeback. "But he was not able to finish the game [Thursday night], and he's not able to play [Saturday night]".

He had 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting and he shot 35 percent from the field in the four games.

Those issues have been compounded by New Orleans, which is playing its best basketball after holding a 3-0 lead entering Game 4. Jusuf Nurkic, who had only scored two points in the first half, had finished off a pass from Lillard, and had grabbed an offensive board after a missed McCollum 3-pointer, finding Maurice Harkless for a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. Portland's only chance to hang in this series is to slow the tempo as they can't run and gun with the Pelicans.

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