Brooms out: Pelicans sweep Portland, 1st playoff series win in a decade

Brooms out: Pelicans sweep Portland, 1st playoff series win in a decade

Captured the first playoff sweep in the franchise's 16-year history. Rip City may have exactly the right personnel to consistently propel them to a successful regular season, but they've had a great deal of trouble matching up with teams in the postseason for as long as anyone can remember. I love playing for the city.

"I thought this was probably the best he's played since I've been here".

Under the guidance of Rondo and coach Alvin Gentry, New Orleans has played its best when it has gotten out on the run. So, apparently, is the rest of the world.

On the flip side was dejected Blazers star Damian Lillard, who was held to 20 points or less in every game of the series while shooting 35.2 percent against a stifling New Orleans defense that was determined to take the ball out of his hands.

Rondo has always been a terrific team player and he is a key to why the Pelicans are winning and they could reach the Finals in the tough Western Conference. "He's still young. There's a lot of room for him to improve".

But the remaining big two of Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday just responded with one of the greatest two-man playoff performances in National Basketball Association history to cap a stunning sweep of the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

His 4.4 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per contest won't wow you on the stat sheet, but let's not forget, Collins turns 21 years old in November.

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.

Three games and one week later and the script has been flipped.

Sitting on the bench in street clothes and a walking boot watching Davis these days is fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who is due to become a free agent this offseason.

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Davis is referring to prognosticators, who nearly unanimously picked the Blazers to knock out the Pelicans. Yet Anthony Davis and Co. beat the Portland 131-123 Saturday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep, which once seemed improbable.

Unlike when Paul was in New Orleans, the Pelicans are now on sound financial footing, with the same local ownership as the NFL's Saints.

Davis is under contract for three more seasons.

Since then, Gentry said the Pelicans basically started the playoffs, and have reeled off eight straight wins, including the last four in the actual postseason.

"I'm not sure. I'm not the guy making decisions", he said.

The Pelicans are on the brink of a four game sweep. With the Pelicans holding the home advantage and the best player on the court in Anthony Davis while getting plenty of help from everyone else, New Orleans is a hard fade right now. "I just want to be as good as possible", Collins said.

"You've gotta take your hat off to them for the effort they put in during that series".

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans made a decision to reward head coach Gentry by picking up his option for the 2018-19 season.

The New Orleans Pelicans are on the brink of a stunning sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.

ESPN first reported the club's move. His Playoff record is not better at 11-27.

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