Portland Trail Blazers: 3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Pelicans

Portland Trail Blazers: 3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans are halfway through an improbable sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers after taking the first two games on the road. The All-Star point guard made only 5 of 14 shots and had two assists and eight turnovers in 35 minutes. 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.

"I never thought I'd score 30 or something like that", Mirotic said. I've just got to be better.

His teammates won't take any chances either.

The Portland Trailblazers are officially in trouble.

But New Orleans outscored opponents by 16.8 points per 100 when Davis was on the court with the same group but Mirotic instead of Cousins.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke said it is "one of the most hard days we have ever had in all our years in sport".

Last night inspired me to finally write up a post about the 27 year old that averaged a "quiet" 19 points, 6 assists and 1.5 steals on 49% from the field during the regular season. New Orleans then put the Blazers on display and dismantled them. On the other hand, McCollum has not been able to get into a groove offensively as he and Lillard have been thoroughly outplayed by their Pelicans counterparts. Sure, Demarcus Cousins averaged 25 points per game, but even sharing the frontcourt spotlight with Cousins, Davis averaged 28. The other guy is coming and they're making me give the ball up. "I think you're starting to see how good he truly is on both ends of the floor". But on the following play Nikola Mirotic hit a insane rainbow three to take the lead right back. "It's tough to play against, man". CJ McCollum led Portland with 22 points in the loss.

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Jrue Holiday added 16 points and seven assists and Playoff Rajon Rondo showed up again, finishing with 16 points, 11 dimes and five rebounds.

Both Moe Harkless and Evan Turner have been listed as questionable to play in Game 4. "So we know they're desperate, but we're desperate to get a win at home, too", said Davis, who said the Pelicans have gotten this far by staying "even keel" - even when they're down in games. Aminu had 15 points and McCollum 14 for the Blazers at the break. Game 4 is at New Orleans on Saturday. The Pelicans had a better free throw rate (0.155 vs. 0.088) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.583 vs. 0.516).

The Pelicans wore alternate red uniforms and every fan was given a matching T-shirt, turning the entire packed seating area into a sea of red.

The Pelicans center is a good "bet" to re-sign with the team this offseason, The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Will Guillory wrote Thursday on Reddit.

The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.

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

But, Holiday pointed to the defense as a whole simply executing the game plan, covering and recovering on screens to ensure no matter what Portland tries to adjust, there's simply nowhere to go. This gives the Pelicans a 2-0 series lead heading back home for games three and four.