Sweep on the horizon? Pelicans rout Blazers, lead series 3-0

Pelicans shootaround presented by HUB International New Orleans players eager to experience home playoff atmosphere

Pelicans shootaround presented by HUB International New Orleans players eager to experience home playoff atmosphere

With that being said, they're well on their way to doing so after stealing the first two games of the series in Portland.

His inability to get open shots against the Pelicans guards has crippled the Trail Blazers offense.

The Pelicans' game plan, trapping screens and double-teaming the Blazers guards, has left Lillard frustrated and searching for answers. The Pelicans won Game 1 on Saturday night, 97-95.

Heading into the No. 3 versus No. 6 Portland-New Orleans matchup, many pundits predicted it would be a tight series.

Pelicans momentum - Everything is just peachy for the Pelicans at the moment. It was a close game with several lead changes, but the Blazers got out-hustled down the stretch and lost 111-102. Ugh.

Portland can not be happy about dropping the first game of the series at home. After all, he just recently turned 25 years old.

New Orleans' first chance to clinch the series comes in Saturday's Game 4 at 4 p.m.in the Smoothie King Center. He delivered a pull-up 3-pointer to push the lead to five. No other Blazer reached double figures. But this time, they came home with a 2-0 lead over third-seeded Portland - and as Holiday said, they were expecting a "crazy" atmosphere.

He will go at will against the Pelicans and Durant will be very aggressive. One of the biggest concerns dogging Davis has been how long he can carry the workload he has been for New Orleans.

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The victor of that series plays the victor of New Orleans/Portland, where the Pelicans now hold a 3-0 advantage over the Blazers. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will miss Game 3 due to the tragic passing of his wife .

So far, Holiday has had a hand in basically every facet of this series, which would mark the franchise's first playoff-round victory since 2008, when it had Chris Paul and was still named the Hornets.

Mirotic scored 21 by halftime, which already represented a playoff career high.

Last game, the Pelicans were clearly the more physical bunch. New Orleans recorded 16 steals as they forced 24 Portland turnovers, which they converted into 35 points.

Mirotic finished 30 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals while Anthony Davis was in fine form once again, tallying 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Holiday led the charge, dropping 33 on the Blazers, while Rondo, not known for his three-point shooting, made two of them, including a backbreaker in the final minute to more or less seal the game for the Pelicans.

For instance, it would be easy to point to Rondo's Game 1 plus-minus as an indication that his output didn't necessarily result in overall team success.

If NBA fans didn't know about Jrue Holiday and his talent before, they do now. Would the Pelicans have tried to acquire Mirotic if DeMarcus Cousins hadn't gone down with a season-ending injury? I'm going to say yes, partially due to the fact that Portland's body language seems to have indicated surrender. The series shifts to New Orleans on Thursday.

"We're against a lot of odds", CJ McCollum said Friday, But he's no stranger to that and it's up to each player to dig deep and find the motivation to mount a comeback. Defensively, the Trail Blazers are yielding 103.0 points per game against the opposing teams.

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