This is it. Tomorrow night the NBA season comes to an end as the contenders are separated from the pretenders and the playoffs are set. Right now Anthony Davis and the Pelicans cling to the Western Conference’s 8th seed in a close race with the Oklahoma City Thunder. All they have to do is win to get in.
Standing in their way? Just a little team called the San Antonio Spurs, the defending champs, on their home court. The Pelicans are 2-1 so far against the Spurs with all three games coming down to the wire, (Nov 8th @SA – W 100-99, Dec 26 – W 97-90, Dec 31 @ SA – L 95-93 OT) and San Antonio needs a victory to lock up the 2-seed. Tomorrow’s game should be a battle for the ages and a chance for Ant to prove he’s already among the game’s elite.
Davis has had an absolute monster year with a league leading Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 31.06. If that’s where he finishes it will be good for 11th place all time, right alongside some guys named Wilt Chamberlin, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James who hold the current 10 best. Anthony Davis is about to own the NBA for the next decade and if he can get the Pelicans back in the playoffs it will be way ahead of schedule.
How close is the race for the 8th spot in the West? Well, New Orleans only holds the tie-breaker over OKC thanks to Anthony Davis’ buzzer beater in early February. Every game matters.
Get em AD.