By virtue of the draw that played over the final weeks of the regular season, the Warriors were paired up with the flawless opponent - a team that would test them and force them to play the right way, but also a team that had absolutely no prayer of beating them in a seven-game series. The win marked the first time in National Basketball Association history that a team seeded sixth or lower swept a first-round series in the modern best-of-seven format, which replaced best-of-five series in 2003.
After 48 games, a ruptured Achilles ended DeMarcus Cousins' season.
"I know that his goal is to be the foundation of a team that wins consistently here", coach Alvin Gentry said.
If you managed to get your hands on pre-sale tickets for one of the New Orleans Pelicans' home playoff games, you might want to check your account.
A second Tuesday pre-sale, which was said to be reserved for another segment of fans who subscribe to the team's e-mail newsletter, "Pelicans Insider", was postponed. Over the past three seasons, ESPN's estimated wins added (EWA) had Cousins adding anywhere between 14-17 wins a season, making him (statistically) one of the 10-15 most valuable players in the National Basketball Association.
The New Orleans Pelicans were the first team to reach the second round of this year's National Basketball Association playoffs.
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As a result, crew informed the passengers that they would have to deplane as officers would come aboard to arrest the Chicago man. The arrest form indicates, "Desroches attempted a total of ten deployments of his [weapon] for a duration of 50 seconds".
But ESPN's Zach Lowe has suggested New Orleans could offer Cousins a two or three-year deal for less than the max.
With Cousins, the Pelicans defensive rating was bottom-10 in the league. "I love the city of New Orleans".
Pushing the pace, Rondo racked up 53 assists in four games and mixed in his share of slashing layups when defenses over-committed to Davis or Holiday.
"We were able to come together as a team that plays for one another". For that reason, we'll continue by considering the very end of the regular season.
Now Anthony Davis and co. will have a chance at redemption as they travel to Oakland for a rematch of the last time the Pels faced the Warriors in the playoffs in 2015.