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CJ on Blazers' plight: 'Against a lot of odds'

CJ on Blazers' plight: 'Against a lot of odds'”

"We are very capable to beat whoever it's going to be if we play our basketball and we compete, it's going to be very hard for them to stop AD and Jrue and everyone else".

Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts to a foul by the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game Four of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs at the Smoothie King Center on April 21, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The team conducted their exit interviews on Sunday, during which general manager Neil Olshey made the rather curious argument for staying the course, which is a tactic that has invariably led the team to the exact same destination each spring: an early postseason exit.

The Pelicans appear destined to play second-seeded Golden State in Round 2.

"I just think we're locked in".

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It was just a week ago when the New Orleans Pelicans were about to tip off their first playoff series in three years against the Blazers. Holiday capped his 41-point night with an 18-footer that gave the Pelicans a six-point lead with 40 seconds left.

Question is, could this team beat the Golden State Warriors in the second round?

"It was fun", Davis said. "Everything we've gone through this season, from big injuries to trades and all that".

Davis (47 points) and Holiday (41) tied the National Basketball Association record for most points ever scored by a duo in a single game in National Basketball Association playoff history, joining John Havlicek and Jo Jo White in 1973, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. "We lost games that we felt like that we should have won, but put ourselves in a position to have home court, but lost home court as well". While they fought in Game 4, it was too late.

"I'm trying to build a legacy here in New Orleans and let people know we're for real", Davis said. We had a great group.

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"We're against a lot of odds", CJ McCollum said Friday, But he's no stranger to that and it's up to each player to dig deep and find the motivation to mount a comeback.

The first half was a tough one for the Pelicans, despite the fact that they shot 60 percent from the field.

He will go at will against the Pelicans and Durant will be very aggressive.

When halftime arrived, New Orleans led 58-56.

It was one point better than Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen ever produced in a playoff game. It's a position the Pelicans have gotten used to.

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Kenny Smith: "I think the guards of Portland, and obviously Lillard is All-Star-level, easily, and McCollum is close to it". Davis and Holiday had to raise their games, and have come through beyond expectations. Rip City may have exactly the right personnel to consistently propel them to a successful regular season, but they've had a great deal of trouble matching up with teams in the postseason for as long as anyone can remember. "We came together and we played for each other and believed in each other, and this is just one checkmark of the big goal we had in mind".



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