The victor of San Antonio's visit to New Orleans and Denver's visit to Minnesota will determine Golden State's first-round opponent. Updates with Pelicans getting the sixth seed. The San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets are all in play to get the No.7 seed and earn the first crack at upsetting Golden State in the playoffs. After the game, Anthony Davis - who scored 35 points in his first-ever postseason win - credited "Playoff Rondo" with keeping the team together.
"He was up all night watching film", said Davis of Rondo. He is averaging a career-high 19 points per game on a career-high 49.4% shooting and is also dishing out 6.0 assists per game.
Popovich didn't sound at all concerned about whether his club entered the playoffs with momentum. He's also had at least three blocks in all four games. The Trail Blazers did not play well in game one, however they still nearly managed to come back to win after falling behind 19 points in the third quarter.
Guard Jrue Holiday scored a game-high 23 points and big men Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic each recorded a double-double, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 122-98 blowout that was more lopsided than the score indicates.
After building a 19 point second half lead, the Trail Blazers went on a run, cutting the lead to 1 late, but missed two opportunities to take the lead.
New Orleans beat the Spurs outside and inside, finishing with a whopping 78-42 edge in the paint and 32-17 in fast-break points.
Tony Parker (11), Kyle Anderson (10) and Bryn Forbes (10) rounded out the Silver and Black's double-figure scoring. In an unusual set of circumstances, just a solitary game separated these sides over the course of the regular season, meaning we could be in for a close series. His availability for the playoffs remains unclear. They shot just 40 percent from the field, compared to a ridiculous 59 percent shooting mark for the Pelicans.
The Pelicans won 10 straight games not long after losing Cousins for the season. New Orleans' 48 victories is the third most in franchise history, which officially dates back to the NBA's return to the city in 2002-03.
There's a lot of games still left to be played.