I had the Blazers in seven, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. With many reporters picking the Blazers in six, five, and even four games, I’m proud that I at least somewhat believed in the Pelicans. What really happened though, no one could’ve predicted.
We all expected Anthony Davis to carry the Pelicans, and while he might’ve it was surprisingly the roleplayers of the Pelicans to bring them over the top. Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic averaged a combined 46 points per game to go along with Rajon Rondo’s versatile playmaking and rebounding. All four of the players listed outplayed the Blazers’ backcourt in all aspects of the game. Do the Pelicans have a chance in the next round,
Flashing back to 2015, the Warriors swept the Pelicans in the first round in route to their first NBA Championship in the modern era. With defeat eminent for the Spurs, it’s time for the Pelicans to plan for the juggernaut.
While Anthony Davis has a chokehold on the NBA, Jrue Holiday is beginning to break out as the potential star Cinderella story of this year’s NBA playoffs. Last year it was Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics; the year before was Bismack Biyombo of the Toronto Raptors. Even if Holiday continues his high level of play, to the Pelicans stand a chance? Let’s take a look.
In the Pelicans’ four meetings with the Warriors in the regular season, they won one lone game. Stephen Curry was unavailable to play that night, and three familiar players broke out for New Orleans: Nikola Mirotic, Jrue Holiday, and Rajon Rondo. Uncoincidentally, Stephen Curry could miss time in the second round, and those three players seemingly lead the Pelicans to a sweep against the Blazers.
While it may seem too good to be true, the Pelicans stand a legitimate chance in this series. Regardless of their chance of winning the series, the birds won’t go down without a fight, as Anthony Davis “would love” the opportunity to rematch the team that swept him in his first playoff series.