Anthony Davis has delivered many impressive performances, but his terrific showing Saturday night came with a first: a playoff victory.
Building off his strong finish to the regular season, Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 97-95 Game 1 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. It was the Pelicans’ first postseason win since 2011 and the first of Davis’ six-year career.
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Mariners: C Mike Zunino (left oblique) began his three-day rehab stint in Class A Modesto on Monday. He is expected to play two games at catcher before being activated…. OF Ben Gamel (right oblique) will play at least one more minor league game Tuesday with Triple-A Tacoma…. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (strained lat) is also scheduled to make a rehab start Tuesday in Tacoma…. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder), who signed a minor-league deal with Seattle last November, will likely throw one more bullpen session Tuesday before being sent off on a minor league assignment.
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Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1, 7.71 ERA) is coming off one of his worst career Authentic Jorge Posada Jersey starts in Minnesota on Wednesday (career-worst eight earned runs in three-plus innings), but is 5-2 with a 2.96 ERA lifetime against Seattle.
Mariners: The Mariners will likely tab LHP Ariel Miranda to make his season debut against the Astros. This will be his seventh career start against Houston, and he is 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA against the World Series champions.
The defending champs won only seven of their final 17 regular-season contests. Some players attributed the poor finish to the Warriors’ having nothing to play for in the final weeks because they had the No. 2 seed locked up. Others admitted to playing timid, with an emphasis on avoiding injuries.
Green, who had 12 points, 8 rebounds and a game-high 11 assists Saturday, cautioned onlookers to not be fooled by how the Warriors finished the regular season.
We know what we’re capable of, he said. You know, there has been games that we’ve won without Steph — a series. Same as Kevin, myself. We’ve won games without myself. We’ve won games without Klay. We’ve won games without our head coach. So we’re primed for this. I think a lot of people have tend to forgot what we’re capable of. We know. We’re going to show that.
Kevin Durant played the basketball equivalent of quarterback Saturday, running the offense while contributing 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points.