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It's not the huge scoring nights, highlight plays or different hairstyles that have people struggling to recognize the New Orleans Pelicans guard. They could also target a big man in the draft and have him on a rookie deal or even sign other free agents available like Julius Randle or Aaron Gordon. But Davis' rising global star power is on full display.

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors are the first of the NBA's second round matchups to be set in place, and in fact, two of the first three teams to emerge from the first round. Davis averaged 33.0 points on 57.0% shooting from the field in the series (including a jaw-dropping 68.9% mark in the paint), an improvement on his already-impressive regular season averages of 28.1 points and 53.4% shooting.

And yet somehow - despite our familiarity with the first-round playoff doldrums - this four-game sweep at the hands (wings?) of the Pelicans hurts a little more than we remember first-round exits hurting.

DeMarcus Cousins was expected to be one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason in National Basketball Association free agency. Pelicans power forward Nikola Mirotic averaged 18 points and 9.2 boards per game to help the cause.

The Pelicans sealed their advancement to the next round of the playoffs when they completed their 4-0 first-round series sweep of Portland over the weekend, and they'll now play either the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs in the second round. His poor play in the playoffs will stick with him until he is able to win games more consistently.

New Orleans hardly looked like a playoff lock in the highly competitive Western Conference after Cousins was injured.

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He was the most consistent and actually came through winning the head of house and games several times". Concise News reported that Miracle won among other prizes the N45 million grand prize on Sunday.

Unlike when Paul was in New Orleans, the Pelicans are now on sound financial footing, with the same local ownership as the NFL's Saints.

Anthony Davis is king of the Bayou and arguably the most dominant force in the game.

"I don't care. I just want to out coach Steve Kerr".

The guard battle of Curry and Klay Thompson versus Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo will be fantastic to watch. If that wasn't enough, the Pelicans outscored the Trail Blazers by over nine points per game in the four victories.

Rondo has turned into full-blown "Playoff Rondo", and the results speak for themselves.

Davis wants Rondo back next year as well, and very well may get his wish. What day's games two and three will be on the only thing we know is that game one is Saturday. "This is just one check mark of the bigger goal that we have in mind".


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