Spurs vs. Pelicans recap, reactions: Sliding down the playoff ladder

2018 NBA Playoffs: Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Preview And Prediction

Lillard likes matchup but still wary of Pelicans

With the 2018 NBA Playoffs set to begin soon, the Western Conference features some intriguing matchups - including the #3 Blazers vs. #6 Pelicans.

Gentry said before the game Saturday "we would love for him to be here because he's been an integral part of this". We've got a lot of guys that have their confidence really high and making shots.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis had 22 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and three steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans assured themselves no worse than the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 122-98 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night. With his team struggling to keep pace with the Pelicans, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pulled his regulars early in the fourth quarter, limiting all of his key players to fewer than 30 minutes on the court.

A peek around the Smoothie King Center could have fooled people into thinking the playoffs were already underway. Their defense was porous, they didn't shoot well and they had too many turnovers.

Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench, but the Spurs' offense was unable to string together any consistent runs.

Salah hits 40 mark as Liverpool beat Bournemouth
By full-time, Liverpool had monopolised the ball with 618 passes to the visitors' 375 as they eased down with the outcome assured. Firmino has had a hand in five goals in his past five Premier League games against Bournemouth (three goals, two assists).

If the Pelicans want to win the series, they'll need help around Davis.

LUCKY THIRTEEN: The Blazers went on a 13-game winning streak, starting with a victory over Golden State just before the All-Star break that boosted their playoff position. "We are not playing with any caution or anything like that". That meant New Orleans was able to retain their lead stead at 18, 90-72. Multiple other players said they hoped Cousins would be on hand for the game. "But I think most of all, especially tonight, we showed what we could do on the defensive end if we lock in".

It was reminiscent of the 2015 season finale, when the Pelicans clinched its most recent playoff bid on the back of a stirring win over the Spurs.

Pelicans: Start their postseason in Portland. "But for us to get in the playoffs and even with the Saints, it's been a good year for New Orleans fans and we just want to make noise". After DeMarcus Cousins was injured, it took the Pelicans until their penultimate game of the season, but they managed to sneak into the playoffs with several teams hot on their tail.

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