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BBNBA: Anthony Davis has been good, but the Warriors have been better

Scott Clause/The Advertiser via USA TODAY NETWORK

Scott Clause/The Advertiser via USA TODAY NETWORK

Earlier today, the New Orleans Pelicans dropped game 4 in their second round series against the Golden State Warriors by the score of 118-92. The Warriors now hold a 3-1 lead in the series and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Former Wildcat Anthony Davis finished today’s game with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks while going 10/10 from the free throw line. On the series, The Brow is now averaging 26.3 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 2.5 steals per game. On top of those numbers, he’s hitting over 88% of his free throw attempts.

Davis’ performance has been nothing short of impressive over these four games, as he tries to carry the Pelicans on his back against the super-team that is Golden State. The problem for Davis is that he just doesn’t have the weapons around him to contend with the top teams in the Western Conference. Some may say that DeMarcus Cousins being healthy may put New Orleans over the hump, but unfortunately for Kentucky fans, that most likely is the case.

In Cousin’s absence, Nikola Mirotic has been more than serviceable, but the Pelicans just need more scoring from the small forward position, as well as off the bench. New Orleans had just 14 points combined from 2 players off the bench in today’s loss and sit as the second-worst bench scoring team in the entire NBA.

While Davis has been incredible, he just needs more help to compete with the Warriors and Rockets, among others. If the Pelicans can keep their nucleus of Davis, Cousins, Holliday, and Rondo this offseason, picking up a consistent, reliable wing scorer will be key to improving on their finish as the six seed in the West this season.

I think I speak for all of Big Blue Nation when I say we need to start seeing former Kentucky players get a shot at an NBA Finals win, and Davis being a top 5 or 6 player in the league puts his team in as good of a place as any.


Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

5 Comments for BBNBA: Anthony Davis has been good, but the Warriors have been better

  1. KYcats11
    10:52 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    I disagree. Pelicans actually (surprisingly) now have a good supporting task. There is nothing wrong with their roster other than the fact that they don’t have a guy named KD.

    • ClutchCargo
      12:47 am May 7, 2018 Permalink

      KD = reliable wing scorer. Not sure what you are disagreeing with.

    • KYcats11
      7:21 am May 7, 2018 Permalink

      I could have worded it better. Earlier in the season I was worried the pelicans didn’t have a good roster at all. Now we are seeing that they have a good roster and lots of shooters. All they are missing is a 6’11 guy that can dribble, defend, pass, and shoot. There is only one of those in the league, and that is KD.

  2. callitlikeiseeit
    12:13 am May 7, 2018 Permalink

    AD was great in game 3, not today. He only had 2 more made FG vs how many turnovers he had. I wish he would play bigger, he shoots fade aways etc. Even when they post him up inside {which is not often enough}, he does not play with size or power. He does have a huge advantage at being able to handle the ball so well he can make dribble moves to go from top of key to basket, sadly that seems to be the only times he goes hard or with power at the hoop {not counting oops or rebound dunks}. I know he was a PG and grew quickly, but AD you are nearly 7 feet tall use that advantage. Warriors should have nobody that could play him but he helps by playing a SF roll.

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    8:57 am May 7, 2018 Permalink

    NOLA has played impressively overall. Who knows if anyone can win a series against Golden State, but definitely no team could accomplish it with one of the top three centers in the league out for the season.