Pelicans take control , lead Blazers 3-0

Pelicans take control , lead Blazers 3-0

The Pelicans routed the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-102 Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in the best of seven first round Western conference playoff series. Damian Lillard and C.J.

"It was great", said Gentry of the sellout crowd. "That's how I feel". Lillard also has an outside chance of finally going off, but that's hardly a given. However, Maurice Harkless fell back down to earth after a strong Game 2, and Jusuf Nurkic remains a non-factor in this series as he had just five points in 20 minutes.

Through words said to the media, it is clear New Orleans is taking this game very seriously. Holliday's defense continued to impress, as he shut down Portland's leader Damion Lillard.

Here are his stats from the regular season compared to his stats from the postseason. The Pelicans were 28-26 at one stage of the regular season and in jeopardy of missing the playoffs altogether, but have been one of the NBA's hottest teams since the All-Star break.

His assist-to-turnover rate is already poor - 0.87.

For example, the turnover where Holiday was able to steal the ball at halfcourt - Lillard has been dribbling towards him, while Holiday sizes him up as he approaches. All of that mixed with the shooting beyond the arc that players like Niko Mirotic and E'Twaun Moore have displayed down the stretch makes this team a tough out.

With 7:02 left in the first quarter of action, Rondo turned the clock back with a flawless behind-the-back pass to superstar power forward Anthony Davis, who threw down a two-handed dunk to tie the game 14-14.

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That's the kind of play that crushes a team.

Besides Al-Farouq Aminu, every Blazers player is struggling from the field, contributing to the lower points per game. The Pelicans called timeout, but E'Twaun Moore missed a runner that Nurkic rebounded. The Trail Blazers held a 44-38 advantage on the boards but turned the ball over a staggering 24 times in the game, leading to 35 New Orleans points.

"I've seen traps. Two years ago in the playoffs, the Clippers trapped me pretty hard".

When asked about how the Blazers will be "desperate" considering the circumstances, Davis responded, "We're desperate, too".

Watching the three games live, New Orleans' coverage of Portland's pick-and-rolls causes this offensive deficiency. Portland hasn't adapted to the New Orleans defensive schemes, at least not to a strategy that has worked. Though Damian Lillard added 20 points, they came on 5-of-14 shooting. "And we didn't dish it back out", Lillard said, per Mike Tripplett of ESPN.

The Pelicans defense was stellar for much of the second half but they couldn't find enough offense to create separation. Keep in mind that no team in the National Basketball Association has come back from being down 3-0. They all proved they could still win without Demarcus Cousins, a top 15 league talent.

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