Portland Trail Blazers: 3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Pelicans

2018 NBA Playoffs: Necessary adjustments for Pelicans, Blazers ahead of Game 2

Rajon Rondo chipped in 16 points and 11 assists for the Pelicans, who led by 33 points with seven minutes to play. With an average of 12.4 points per game, Lillard led the National Basketball Association in pick-and-roll scoring this season and did so at a rate of 1.05 points per possession, ranking him in the 94.3 percentile. Game 4 is Saturday. Erin and Gregg Popovich were married four decades and had two children and two grandchildren. "I still don't trust anything", Gentry said.

"He was playing at a level that was going to help us get there. It's not an easy day to be here". Then in early 2016 he took a leave of absence when doctors discovered that his wife, former USA national soccer team player Lauren Holiday, had a brain tumor while she was pregnant with the couple's first child. Jrue Holiday didn't match his offensive output of the first two games, but he again frustrated Damian Lillard of the Blazers. Down 3-0 in the series, there is no room for error.

The Spurs had an emotional start, but could not sustain it against the talented Warriors. This marks the first time the franchises have met in postseason action, meaning the Pelicans have a 3-0 edge in games won.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The Warriors' Klay Thompson. Portland shot the ball decently, hitting 46.3 percent from the floor overall, but they were only nine of 31 from beyond the arc in the contest: they hit 19 of their 25 free throw attempts. Mirotic scored 21 first-half points to lead the way. Golden State finished 10 for 32 on threes. No other player had more than eight points with the majority of the Trail Blazers' bench production coming in garbage time.

The Trail Blazers made the announcement ahead of Thursday's tip in the NBA Western Conference first-round playoff series.

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Miami was led by Goran Dragic's 23 points.

INJURY UPDATE: Embiid practiced Tuesday and Wednesday, but regaining his rhythm on offense could take longer, coach Brett Brown said. Lillard has instead tried to attack the less nimble Mirotic in pick-and-rolls, but he hasn't had much more success. If I have a shot, take a shot, so I need to give credit to my teammates.

"I am so proud of what he did on the court", Brown, talking about Embiid, said.

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid lost his mask several times during a rugged playoff game with the Miami Heat. In the series, New Orleans is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and a blistering 41.3 percent from three point range.

"I knew I was capable to have games like this, but I never want to force any shots and always want to play simple, play for my teammates the same way they play for me", Mirotic said. Aminu leads in rebounds with 11.0 while Lillard tops in assists with 5.5 per game.

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