Blazers star Damian Lillard assesses Pelicans tactics on his performances

Blazers star Damian Lillard assesses Pelicans tactics on his performances

When asked if the last 3 games have shaken his confidence, Dame literally laughed.

The Portland Trail Blazers are in an 0-3 hole in the first round of the playoffs, and Damian Lillard doesn't have any answers for the Pelicans' brilliant defensive schemes.

Meanwhile, Holiday gave Lillard fits on defense throughout the series. The Pelicans would be sizable underdogs in a series against the defending champions. New Orleans is still going to be an underdog against the Warriors, assuming the Spurs don't rip off four-straight wins. As soon as the subs stepped on the floor, "Michael" Jordan Crawford launched up and sank a 3-pointer, much to the delight of a crowd that was loud, rowdy, drunk and ready to fight. The atmosphere at the Smoothie King Center was electric.

With Cousins set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, All-Star forward Anthony Davis again said he hoped the atmosphere of a playoff game was enough for Cousins to re-sign with the Pelicans. "They don't stay", Lillard explained.

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The Pelicans, as a franchise have faced plenty of unwanted voodoo to overcome the elements and reach the moment they are in right now. Is this dismal showing the fault of the players for not being capable of making adjustments, or is this disastrous playoff performance the fault of Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey who constructed this roster? When Portland cut it to a two-point margin within the first three minutes, Holiday hit two short jumpers and Davis followed up a rare Holiday miss with a jam, before Holiday added a short jumper in the lane.

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.

It's done more than simply keep Lillard quiet.

Portland never got closer than 13 after that and trailed by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter. "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. Also, the Pelicans won't allow Lillard to run pick-and-rolls, stopping the usual pass to Nurkic on a cut to the hoop. New Orleans recorded 16 steals as they forced 24 Portland turnovers, which they converted into 35 points. It's as aggressive as I've ever seen on Damian consistently. Also, Rajon Rondo might be looking at a potential double double night if he can get into the paint. "They really have a game plan and they've really stuck to it and executed it well so far".