Without any doubt, it was. Would the Pelicans have tried to acquire Mirotic if DeMarcus Cousins hadn't gone down with a season-ending injury?
"He's been through some tough times, the first year he's injured, he's on minute restrictions through the greater part of the season, and then everybody's familiar with the situation with his wife and what they had to go through there", coach Alvin Gentry said. He started the first two playoff games. "I don't mind that".
The Pelicans can win if they help Anthony Davis out.
Portland guard Damian Lillard is now 0-for-8 when his primary defender is Holiday. Davis and the Pelicans had to weather the storm during the 4th quarter which saw the Blazers outscore the Pelicans by 10 points.
Even as the Pels arrived back in New Orleans for Game 3, the first at home, there was still talk, or warnings even, that the mojo of Damian Lilliard and C.J. McCollum could still reveal itself. "I think it means a lot to him, as well, to be here supporting us", Davis said after Cousins was at the team's morning shootaround, chatting with teammates and coaches while wearing a walking boot on his left foot. In order to merit consideration for the NBA's all-defensive team, he will need to bridge the gap in this discrepancy and impact his team's ability to win more games in the process. Vegas agreed, putting the Pelicans at almost 2-1 consensus underdogs.
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"They're making me give the ball up", Lillard said, according to ESPN. They matched every one of Portlands rallies. And that's what happened Saturday from the New Orleans Pelicans in the latest example of this trend.
Jrue Holiday added 16 points and seven assists and Playoff Rajon Rondo showed up again, finishing with 16 points, 11 dimes and five rebounds. Meanwhile, for this season, Holiday's norms as an SG skyrocketed to 19 points per game on a more efficient 49.4% clip. The Blazer reserves outscored their New Orleans counterparts 23-7 the rest of the way, with Meyers Leonard contributing eight points on 4-for-4 shooting to go with four rebounds in eight minutes.
New Orleans ranks 14th in points off turnovers per game (16.5) while Portland ranks 28th (14.3). Letting the backcourt struggle with Holiday and Rondo while Davis and Nikola Mirotic have their way with a frontcourt that has been dealing with a hobbled Maurice Harkless was the ideal draw for the Pelicans. He averaged 0.99 points per possession, which ranked in the Top 25 among all guards in the league. Lillard and McCollum combined to shoot just 13 for 41 in the opener. Aminu leads in rebounds with 11.0 while Lillard tops in assists with 5.5 per game. If New Orleans has any shot at what would be one of the biggest playoff upsets in National Basketball Association history, they'll need all hands aboard to do it.
"At the end, we called plays for those two guys", Gentry said.
When asked about how the Blazers will be "desperate" considering the circumstances, Davis responded, "We're desperate, too".