Pelicans void sale of playoff tickets after code leaked to public

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New Orleans began the series as decided underdogs to Portland and installed as 6½-point underdogs in Game 1 of their first-round clash. 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. But it's obvious they're hesitant to tie up so much money with someone who may come back as an entirely different player.

With that in mind, it makes the fact that Holiday was able to maintain a true shooting percentage of 63 percent even more impressive. They didn't let that stop them, winning close games in Portland and then cruising to blowouts in New Orleans to sweep the Blazers. After DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending injury, many wrote off the Pelicans as a likely first-round exit.

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Having played in just eight playoff games, Davis is averaging 32.3 points (258 points total) in the postseason. Re-signing him would also give the Pelicans two superstar building blocks in Davis and Cousins as they look to compete against the likes of the loaded Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets in the Western Conference even if there are lingering concerns. The Pelicans were 27-21 in games Cousins appeared in. How many years has this happened now?

Gentry is best known around the league for his affable personality and desire to push the tempo on both ends of the floor. Now, we get to see what Davis can do in a post-season duel against the reigning NBA Finals MVP. During the playoffs, Rondo has emerged as the club's third star, piling up 53 assists in four games. And though the Warriors should be heavy championship favorites, New Orleans could play them tougher than anyone expects. "You can key in on a certain team and be able to study them for a long time because you know you have at least four games". The Warriors aren't going to take the Pelicans lightly. He scored 28 points, making 10-of-18 from the field, including 6-of-11 from deep. Between him and Rajon Rondo, the Pelicans have two lethal ball handlers.

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The Pelicans are one of the few teams in the league with the defensive versatility and speed to slow the Warriors, and the scoring ability to hold their own.

The most troubling situation in this series could be JaVale McGee guarding Anthony Davis. "What he's doing now, and I said this a couple months ago, the world is finally seeing the real Jrue Holiday, and I love every minute of it".

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