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Jusuf Nurkic Wants To Re-Sign With The Portland Trail Blazers

Jusuf Nurkic Wants To Re-Sign With The Portland Trail Blazers

For all of the criticisms, negativity and flat out irrational hate the New Orleans Pelicans seemed to conquer it all.

Anthony Davis sat on the court, a scowl on his face and his biceps flexed on each side of his head.

If the Pelicans go down, it'll be with those four guys on the court. His strength-projecting celebration afterward was that of an All-Star determined lay the foundation of his playoff legacy with dominant performance in the clutch. "Like I've said before, we love being the underdogs".

The Golden State Warriors aren't the only 2018 NBA Playoffs team set to sweep their first round opponents: the sixth seed New Orleans Pelicans are also primed to sweep the third seed Portland Trail Blazers, which would result in a Western Conference semifinals matchup between the Dubs and the Pels. "You know, he's had it hard", said Lillard, who was picked five spots after Davis became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

And when Davis wasn't devastating the Blazers, Jrue Holiday was giving the Blazers fits with explosive drives or pull-up jumpers.

The Pelicans also accomplished the only first-round sweep of this year's playoffs.

New Orleans turned a 58-56 halftime advantage into a 15-point third-quarter edge thanks to the offensively lethal combination of Davis, Holiday, Mirotic and Rajon Rondo. "I didn't come here to win a first or second round series". In 2008, the New Orleans Hornets lost in the second round in 7 games to the San Antonio Spurs. "There's this sense of desperation I think we play with", Holiday said.




And Portland was left with little else, although McCollum played like a champ Saturday (38 points on 15/22 shooting), and both Nurkic (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Aminu (27 points, six rebounds) contributed. "And we didn't dish it back out", Lillard said.

"They came in with a great defensive game plan against us. It was definitely good to play a team this close to the playoffs that you could possibly play, especially with the different style that they're playing now".

The Trail Blazers may be ready to make a change. Stein adds that Orlando would pounce on coach Stotts immediately. The Magic are much further away from winning than the Blazers ever were in his tenure there. Golden State thrives in small-ball situations, and while Green can't stop Davis, he'll make him work while the Warriors have the opportunity to jack up the pace and launch 3-pointers until New Orleans begs for mercy. McCollum was almost as effective, averaging 21.4 ppg.

Soon after, Nikola Mirotic added step-back 3. Joel Embiid finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia.

Davis, after all, was a young fan when Reggie Miller was in the twilight of an 18-year career with in that transformed the Pacers into playoff regulars - and while Tim Duncan was embarking on a long career in San Antonio highlighted by five National Basketball Association titles.

The Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.

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