It seems as though the New Orleans Pelicans board saw the sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers coming in the playoffs if reports are to be believed. The player and his camp are expected to loathe at the idea, but New Orleans has the upperhand with the Pelicans winning without Boogie and other potential suitors, such as the Lakers, are now reportedly thinking twice about pursuing him. "They make it pretty much easy for me".
With that in mind, it makes the fact that Holiday was able to maintain a true shooting percentage of 63 percent even more impressive.
The doubt that was created after all-star center DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles tendon on January 26, the elevated play of Jrue Holiday down the stretch of the season, and the utter domination of the Blazers in round one of the playoffs by Anthony Davis and company is like something straight out of a feel-good sports movie. Both players feed well off of each other and the Pelicans appear to be becoming contenders in the Western Conference. But Davis averaged an NBA-high 30.2 points during the last 34 regular season games, with the Pelicans going 21-13. But again, that's not going to happen this year with Olshey at the helm, and Olshey is probably sticking around. Nevertheless, the Warriors' average margin of victory was more than 14 points per game against the Spurs, which made the decision to rest Curry a no-brainer. Nick Young, David West, and Quinn Cook have all performed well this season. During the playoffs, Rondo has emerged as the club's third star, piling up 53 assists in four games. "You can key in on a certain team and be able to study them for a long time because you know you have at least four games".
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Mirotic's ability to spread the floor and knock down threes was also huge in the Pelicans' win over the Warriors earlier this month. He averaged 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game - good for a 28.98 PER. Join the Pelican Debrief team! Veteran guard Rajon Rondo, who won a title in Boston with a "Big Three" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, said he came to New Orleans on a one-year deal to play with the "Big Three" of Davis, Cousins and Holiday. The Raptors have better and more cohesive talent around its star guards, and when you look at the Blazers roster, there are no obvious players for whom you'd like to get extra shots. I've seen plenty of highlights of what he's doing this postseason and it's awesome.
Perhaps even the Pelicans next-round opponents will be happy for Davis.