Pelicans Season Ends In Game 4 Loss To Warriors
Anthony Davis slowly walked off the court at the Smoothie King Center, realizing the New Orleans Pelicans season was abruptly over after the Golden State Warriors won game 4 by the score of 109-98, sweeping the first round playoff series.
"It's hard right now to take positive things out of this, but we've come a long way since I've been here in this organization," said Davis. "Overall we played well. We played hard in every game."
Davis finished the final game of his season with a typical Davis stat line. 36 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 assist. The All-Star played up to his billing in the first postseason series of his young career.
After the heartbreaking defeat in game 3, the Pelicans offense hit a wall in the third, only scoring 13 points as the sharp shooting Warriors went into the 4th with a 21 point lead.
New Orleans wouldn't go quietly, going on a quick 9-0 run to begin the 4th, winning the final frame 31-21, showing a fighting spirit the franchise plans to build around moving into the future.
Pelicans guard Eric Gordon was fantastic from the field, shooting 12-21, scoring 29 to go with 5 assists.
Ryan Anderson and Dante Cunningham each finished with 10 off the bench.
"I told the guys how much I loved them and how much I appreciate how they fought through all the hard stuff this year," said Pelicans coach Monty Williams. "I also told them to hold on to the hurt."
The Warriors were led by MVP candidate Steph Curry, who continues to show everyone why he's the best shooter in the world, scoring 39 points on on 11-20 from the field, including 6-8 from beyond the arc.
"I've never seen anything like that," said Williams of Curry. "He's on another level...you can't describe it at times."
Klay Thompson added 25 and Draymond Green scored 22 for the Warriors.
Golden State moves onto the second round, awaiting the winner of the Memphis versus Portland series.
The Pelicans will take a short vacation before gearing up for the offseason. General Manager Dell Demps has several decisions to make this offseason, as several Pelican rotation players are set to become free agents, including center Omer Asik and forward Dante Cunningham.
Despite being swept, the Pelicans accomplished several goals this season. Making the postseason was at the top of the list.
"Right now out focus as a team is the summer and getting back right and getting healthy," explained Davis. "To get our minds back right and get better and be ready for next season."
Moving forward, with a core built around Davis, the Pelicans future is bright. Perhaps the most important asset will be continuity, as various injuries have prevented New Orleans core from playing the bulk of a season together.