Latest Basketball News (Week 4 April 2018)

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Pelican pair too hot handle for the Blazers

Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday played a different ballgame altogether on the New Orleans Pelicans way to 131-123 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers in the play offs yesterday morning. This was arguably one of the best duo performances in NBA history. Davis was phenomenal posting a humongous 47 on the points tally with Holiday trailing close with 41 points making it the record NBA tally by a duo of 88 points in a single play off game. The hosts Pelicans destroyed their rivals Portaland in four straight games. Rajon Rondo Pelican’s point guard was all praises when asked about Davis and Holiday’s feat and acknowledged that they orchestrated the win almost entirely on their own. This 88 point tally breaks Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s tally of 87 by one point and draws equal to 1973 post season 88 point tally of John Havlicek and Jo Jo White. Davis and Holiday scored 28 of the Pelicans last 29 points. Rondo came in with 16 assists while Davis also had 11 added to three blocks.

LeBron James left unchecked by the Pacers

The Indiana Pacers flopped on the night that mattered losing the chance to send the Cleveland Cavaliers to the brink of elimination in the 3rd game of the playoffs. An inform Victor Oladipo was their ticket to glory and rightly so considering his performance until now in the season. He was a transfer which the Thunder’s would look sourly upon in the days to come and indeed when the silverware is distributed he would in all probability get the “Most Improved Player” award at the end of the season. But on the night when it really depended on him firing the perfect shot he blew blanks having a nightmarish shooting night (5-of-20) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers could have taken the series 3-0 in the seven match long playoffs against the Cavaliers but they failed to do so. They lost a 104-100 to the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James scoring 32 points and 13 returns to take his team to Game 4 of the playoffs.

Raptors slumping to their second consecutive loss against the Wizards

The Raptors were going strong after taking Game 1 and Game 2 of the playoffs against the Washington Wizards but since then seem to have taken a dip in form losing out on consecutive matches on Game 3 and 4. The Washington Wizards limited the Toronto Raptors to less than one point per possession in route their 106-92 win in Game 4 on Sunday. The Raptors were heavily dependant on their two All-Star players Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to draw out the Wizard defense and letting in the rest to scoring positions. But that tactic did work as well this time around with the Raptors applying a switching pick and roll technique themselves.

 

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