'Playoff Rondo' is exactly who the Pelicans need right now

NBA Playoffs Game 3: Blazers @ Pelicans

"I thought he was really, really good, but he's been really, really good the whole season", said New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry.

Anthony Davis scored 28 points with 11 boards, two assists, three steals, two blocks and no turnovers in 36 minutes during a 119-102 win over the Blazers to take a dominating 3-0 lead in the series on Thursday. Mirotic's great play has coincided with him shaving his beard.

Jrue Holiday said the fact the Pelicans have been able to bottle Dame up so far only makes him and CJ more risky going into Game 4. Lillard's absence was far more noticeable on offense than defense, as the Blazers went from scoring a Clippers-like 108.3 points per 100 possessions to a Bulls-like 101.4 points per 100 possessions without him on the court. Damian Lillard completed his hat-trick of very bad shooting games as he went just 5-of-14 for 20 points.

Instead, New Orleans' has held the 44 percent shooter just 32 percent on the series.

While the Pelicans surged into the playoffs behind some awe-inspiring play by Anthony Davis, through two playoff games, it's been Jrue Holiday who has sparked the Pelicans into stealing home-court advantage.

Blazer pride - This series is, for all intents and purposes, all over.

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New Orleans isn't doing anything that Lillard hasn't seen before - they're sending traps when he runs a pick-and-roll near the sideline, and trusting their guards to contain him when he drives, forcing him into hard shots over Davis or kicking the ball out to teammates. But they still have pride to play for. But then again, they got smashed by 18 points in what was a must-win Game 3, so maybe the Blazers need more than just pride to keep up with the Pelicans. Dame has been one of the biggest disappointments of the NBA Playoffs given how poorly he's been shooting.

Pelicans: Holiday had 12 points in the first quarter alone.

The 32-year-old Rondo, playing for his fifth National Basketball Association team, continues to reinforce his reputation as a clutch playoff performer after finishing with 17 assists in Game 1.

The Pelicans, a team no one wanted to be here, has forced you notice them. It's true there were a few weak calls but they hardly made the difference in this game. In fact, the team as a whole is shooting only 25 percent (6-of-24) for the series when guarded by Holiday, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information Group. "I feel like it's just gonna be insane".

In game 1, only 4 players scored 10 or more points for Portland.

Aminu is probably the lone Blazer who has given a good account of himself from a fantasy perspective in this series. Holiday is executing a scary two-man game with Davis, hitting nail-in-the-coffin jumpers and averaging 27 points and 5.5 assists. He's the most reliable fantasy player the Blazers have at this point, with McCollum a close second. Lillard's efficiency in pick-and-rolls also puts him at the same category as Stephen Curry, who has always been the scariest pick-and-roll scorer in the league.


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