PBT Extra Preview: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers

2018 NBA Playoffs: Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Preview And Prediction

"When he's going, he's got a high motor, pushing the basketball", Davis said of Rondo. "We want to get in and make some noise".

After splitting their four regular-season meetings, the third-seeded Blazers and sixth-seeded Pelicans open the playoffs Saturday night at the Moda Center.

Popovich didn't sound at all concerned about whether his club entered the playoffs with momentum. "We have been on both ends of everything for all of these years, so, you just go play". "We had a bad third quarter", Lillard said.

Rajon Rondon was the player of the game, he continued his extremely strong play as he lead the offense with 14 assists and added 19 points to go along with it. They shot just 40 percent from the field, compared to a ridiculous 59 percent shooting mark for the Pelicans. "Of course it feels good to be back here, but we don't want to be one of those teams that say they got in just to get in".

Spurs: Kyle Anderson and Bryn Forbes each scored 10 points. The teams split their four regular-season games. His availability for the playoffs remains unclear. The Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs and pushed the Spurs back to the seventh seed. He has scored at least 25 points in all five of his career playoff games.

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The game was competitive until 4:32 remained in the second quarter, when Pau Gasol sank a short turnaround to cut New Orleans' lead to 42-39. From there it was all Pelicans as they closed the half on a 19-4 run, New Orleans outscores San Antonio 34-17, and lead 61-43 going to the half.

"We wanted to play fast and they wanted to play slow", Gentry said.

Nikola Mirotic #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks against the San Antonio Spurs on April 11, 2018 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Now with a more front-and-center position within the organization after the passing of her husband Tom in March, the team owner has plans to attend all games in the best-of-seven National Basketball Association playoff series.

It's the Pelicans' first postseason appearance since they were swept out of the 2015 playoffs by Golden State.

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