Pelicans fans reeling after historic sweep

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His strength-projecting celebration afterward was that of an All-Star determined lay the foundation of his playoff legacy with dominant performance in the clutch. "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".

New Orleans dominated Portland pretty much from wire to wire over the course of their four-game sweep, which they completed on Saturday with a 131-123 victory that sent the Blazers reeling into the offseason facing a number of uncertainties regarding their roster, coaching staff, and front office.

"It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks except the guys in that locker room", Davis said.

"I came here to win a championship".

And when Davis wasn't devastating the Blazers, Jrue Holiday was giving the Blazers fits with explosive drives or pull-up jumpers.

Portland was favored to win this series, but now find itself in a 3-0 deficit.

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"Charles Barkley: ". them guards in New Orleans have just flat out kicked their butts. "Both Games 1 and 2 were one possession games with a couple minutes to go, could have gone either way and they made the plays". Aminu scored 27, Damian Lillard added 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.

The Blazers looked so good when they were focused on climbing up the Western Conference standings.

"I thought we had a very good regular season, I thought we had a very disappointing end of the season", Stotts stated. "We've been in the playoffs five years straight", Lillard said. But his inside game was working just fine too. So going into the opening-round series between the No. 3 Blazers and the No. 6 Pelicans, everyone was expecting a close matchup, with the Blazers considered the slight overall favorites. The Pelicans scored 73 points in a high-flying second half where the Trail Blazers almost answered with 67 points of their own.

In Stotts' first opportunity as a head coach, he went 52-85 with the Atlanta Hawks from 2003-04.

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. They'd go on to make a run to the Stanley Cup Final; we'll see if the Pelicans can repeat that kind of "nobody believed in us!" success. But the Hawks' situation especially is more similar to the Magic's current struggles.

Nikola Mirotic has also been earning his contract on averages of 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.3 blocks. Joel Embiid finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia.

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