The Trail Blazers were done in by mediocre perimeter shooting, soft defense and a slew of turnovers in Game 3. But as great as Holiday has been offensively, he has truly made his mark on the series with the defense as he's been instrumental in limiting the offensive prowess of McCollum and Blazers All-Star guard Damian Lillard.
Golden State will have a hard time playing small ball.
The Pelicans big man was engaged with applause and support throughout Thursday's game, his first time sitting on New Orleans' bench during a home game since the injury.
He will go at will against the Pelicans and Durant will be very aggressive.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Nikola Mirotic watched his third 3-pointer of the first half swish through the hoop, turned to acknowledge the raucous, roaring crowd and raised his first triumphantly as he trotted back up court. Still, this was about as dominating a performance as one could expect in the postseason. In the series, New Orleans is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and a blistering 41.3 percent from three point range.
Portland got a boost in Game 2 with the return of Harkless for first time since he had a minor procedure on his left knee in late March.
What's scary about New Orleans is that they are winning without DeMarcus Cousins. While he became the third player to score 30 in this series for New Orleans, Anthony Davis was his usual brilliant self with 28 points, 11 boards, three steals and two blocks. The Trailblazers' strength all season has been their backcourt duo of Lillard and McCollum but they've been completely outplayed by the Pelicans' backcourt duo of Rondo and Holiday. Meanwhile, the Trailblazers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Especially if the Blazers continue to perform as poorly as they have in the first three games of this series.
Pelicans: Cousins was on the bench, attending his first game in New Orleans since his injury on January 26.
The last time a 76ers player achieved a triple-double in an National Basketball Association game was the great Charles Barkley in 1991.
Davis joined the fray with his typical array of alley-oop dunks, one of which he caught with his back to the basket and threw down with a two-handed reverse jam. "Guys are sacrificing their games for each other". The Pelicans had a 32-13 edge in fast break points in Game 3.
In order to advance to the second round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs, a team must beat their first-round opponent four times.
The Pelicans were underdogs in the series but are now overwhelming favorites. He's developed a really good relationship with Anthony Davis and everyone else on the team, and I think he'd love to finish what they started this year.