How sweep it is: Pelicans eliminate Blazers

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The Warriors have the best offense in the postseason so far against arguably the best defense in the entire playoffs - and they're playing Andre Iguodala at point guard.

Without a doubt, this year's second round is going to be extremely entertaining, and it could possibly go the distance considering how well New Orleans has played in their first trifecta of games.

"New Orleans played great down the stretch against a lot of high-quality opponents and in the series they just outplayed us".

The Trail Blazers' players and front office also made it clear how surprised they were at the result.

"Obviously finishing so quickly wasn't definitely the plan and to a certain extent it was shocking", Turner said.

"They guarded us the same way each game". Turner was effusive in praising the talent and ability of the Pelicans. "We didn't play well enough to get it done". He's a homerun hitter but he is always solid.

"It was fun", Davis said. And as I've written before, there will be plenty of time for a postmortem on the season. They were understandably stunned when the Pelicans took the first two games at the Moda Center. Coach Stotts has done a great job since Day 1.

Damian Lillard drove the team's success during that span. "He just wasn't going to let us lose tonight". "We came out on top".

Portland finished the regular season as the number three seed and had the luxury of home-court advantage in the series.

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And now Portland is in basically the same state it was in after the 2016-17 season - with Lillard and McCollum in their prime but surrounded by question marks at the forward spots, in particular.

"Very surprised", Nurkic stated. As we've seen, that technique doesn't work against the Warriors. Instead, New Orleans rallied to finish sixth in the West and is now moving on to the second round after sweeping the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers. "I come across halfcourt and there are two guys guarding me".

This was not the way it was supposed to end for the Portland Trail Blazers. However, there was at least some praise to be heaped on the backup bigs, Zach Collins and Ed Davis. "He had an impact defensively".

"I think about that all the time", said Pelicans superstar forward Anthony Davis, now entering his first second-round playoff appearance in six seasons. The temptation for Allen to shake things up will be strong. Davis, who scored 19 in the third quarter, then added a layup while falling down after a hard foul by Aminu, after which Davis flexed both biceps while still sitting on the court. Who, if anyone, is to blame for what happened? Stotts, when asked, focused on the team and deflected any analysis of his performance.

"It's tough to evaluate after a playoff loss", Stotts said.

For now, there does not appear to be strong rumblings about Stotts. Additionally, the team has to resolve what to do regarding its own free agents.

"I mean, I don't agree with it". Olshey emphasized on Sunday that there would be no hasty decisions, especially in light of what the team accomplished during the regular season.

"We had ups and downs early in the season, but we were really solid".

Little did he know at the time how ironic his words would be.