New life for Pelicans
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 05, 2018,
May 05, 2018, 13:22
Golden State still leads the series 2-1, but New Orleans has a chance to even it up Sunday in the Big Easy.
Entering their eighth game of this postseason, however - Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal against the New Orleans Pelicans - those questions have been answered.
But finally, after three years and an nearly entirely new roster and coach, the lingering demons of blowing a 20-point lead leading to an overtime loss and then being swept in the "15 first-round series were exorcised in a 119-100 Pels" blowout of the defending National Basketball Association champions Friday night (May 4) in Smoothie King Center. It's indeed reasonable to anticipate that playing time will gradually increase, at least depending on how the matchup is harmonizing.
Game 4 will take place on Sunday afternoon.
The game was still string up in the equilibrium midway through the fourth quarter when Steve Kerr turned to the Warrior's Hamptons 5, which is when the latter pulled away.
Anthony Davis scored 25 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and swiped 3 steals through three quarters.
In Game 2, once the Pelicans swapped some defensive assignments and all but surgically attached Jrue Holiday to Durant's hip, Mirotic scored 18 points but clearly wasn't the fiery marksman the Smoothie King Center has seen thrive in these playoffs. He also played his irritant defense to perfection as he got into it with multiple Pelicans key players and helped fire up the home crowd.
The win in Salt Lake City on Friday gave the top-seeded Rockets a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Over the first two games, the Warriors' bench outplayed that of the Pelicans, and the Dubs won both games. Stephen Curry, in his second game back after a sprained knee sidelined him more than a month, missed 13 of 19 shots and finished with 19 points. It led to some good looks for New Orleans and they were 10-of-16 from three in the first half.
Anthony Davis shook off a slow start to lead all scorers with 33 points. "So regardless of what people say or what the writers have reported, we're going to continue to fight each game and we're going to play for each other". I really disliked the rushed and out of rhythm shots that plagued the Pelicans, especially in the first half of that game. "They made shots tonight". Furthermore, Rajon Rondo dished out a whopping 21 assists. We're competing. I don't think there's nothing more than we're battling on the court. But the Pelicans hijacked the Warriors blueprint again, blitzing Golden State with a 30-19 third. Thompson finished with 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting, a somewhat respectable line after missing his first four shots.
The Celtics dominated Philadelphia in game one and ripped their heart out with a comeback in game two.