What has happened to the Portland Trail Blazers? Video

Stotts is a leader of men and his job is to get the Blazers to the next level, he has not done so and now after getting swept by the Pelicans, It would be no surprise if he is out of a job sooner. Updates with new lead, quotes and details.

Davis and Holiday put on a clinic in the second half - scoring 60 of the Pelicans 73 points on a series of drives, layups, put backs, jumpers and threes as they broke out to a 100-87 lead after 3. CJ McCollum led in points as he contributed 22, Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 21 points, and Damian Lillard added 20.

The New Orleans Pelicans are not interested in predictions. "Anthony Davis done done everybody".

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

"In a close out game, with the magnitude of the situation, this has probably been the best game he's played since I've been here", said Gentry of Davis. "Like I've said before, we love being the underdogs".

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

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Neuvirth was dressed as the backup for Game 4 coming off a lower body injury that prevented him from dressing since March 28th. Meanwhile, the Flyers' stars - Claude Giroux , Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds - were once again silenced on the score sheet.

"It's a great feeling for me to go out and, like [Rondo] said, 'Build your legacy". Holiday nailed an 18-foot pull-up jumper that gave the Pelicans a six-point lead with 40 seconds remaining. Anthony Davis was producing his usual blend of did-you-see-that highlights; Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo and the action again; Nikola Mirotic played perhaps the most memorable game of his National Basketball Association career; and the New Orleans defense made life miserable for Portland all night, forcing a barrage of turnovers.

Almost four months ago, this team appeared to suffer a knockout blow, losing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins for the season. Holiday scored six points during the final 2:52, starting with his three-pointer. New Orleans had gone up by as many as 15 points in the second half, before Portland surged back into the hunt.

"We just can't make this a one-every-three-years or one-every-two-years" playoff run, Davis said. "I couldn't ask for a better duo right now, especially at the time of the game where we needed to get the ball in the hole". Nevertheless, they ended up with the third seed in the Western Conference, finishing with a record of 49-33.

“I like the energy that we started the game with. In 2015, the Smoothie King Center was hyped the last time the team was in the postseason even though they never beat the Golden State Warriors a single time in that series.

The Pelicans did a good job taking away the Blazers' best players on the offensive end and pushing the pace and attacking Portland when it was on defense. Stotts said that while Harkless was in too much pain to play, his knee did not appear to have structural damage. Despite an uninspiring final few months and the questionable injury status of two-time MVP Stephen Curry (MCL strain), the Golden State Warriors feature a litany of All Stars and carry the mantle as the league's standard-bearer.

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