Entering the postseason, Anthony Davis needed to get one thing off his back, and that was a playoff win. That was the only thing his critics could hold over his head.
Well, after what he did to the Portland Trail Blazers, his critics have basically nothing on him.
Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Kentucky-heavy roster absolutely dominated the Blazers on their way to the first-round sweep.
In Game 1, Davis poured in 35 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while Rajon Rondo had 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 17 assists to help the Pelicans take a 1-0 series lead after a 97-95 victory.
Davis received a lot of help in this series from Jrue Holiday who outscored Davis in Game 2 with 33. However, Davis still had a huge impact on the game scoring 22 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and getting 2 blocks. Rondo also had a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists as the Pelicans took a 2-0 lead back home with the 111-102 victory.
Game 3 was another big showing from Davis and Rondo. Davis finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks, while Rondo had 16 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds. Darius Miller, who scored 8 points in Game 2, also scored 8 points in Game 3 going 4/8 from three-point land in the two games. The Pelicans won game three 119-102.
Game 4 was also a home game for the Pelicans as they looked to finish the sweep and advance on to the second round.
Davis was outstanding throughout this one and he finished with 47 points, 11 rebounds, and had 3 blocks. Rondo was very close to having a triple-double as he finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 16 assists and the Pelicans finish off the sweep of the Blazers with a 131-123 victory.
Davis was the best player on the floor in the series and the team with the best player prevailed. If only DeMarcus Cousins was on the floor with them.