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New Orleans would love to have Cousins back with Anthony Davis in the front-court next season. New Orleans continued playing well even without him with Davis leading the way and ended up sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The passcode provided to full season ticket holders was shared with the general public, which resulted in the sale of around 2,500 tickets per game that should have been made available to Insider members or those with full season plans accounts before being made available to the public.

Alvin Gentry earned his way to at least one more season on the New Orleans Pelicans' bench. But Davis averaged an NBA-high 30.2 points during the last 34 regular season games, with the Pelicans going 21-13. The Pelicans have said they'll try to re-sign Cousins, who technically is now part of his first playoff team in eight National Basketball Association seasons, but who still has yet to play in the postseason because of his Achilles tear in January. However, it is quite obvious that Golden State will be large favorites over the surging Pelicans.

This season, not only have New Orleans managed to qualify for the playoffs, but they have also managed to advance to the second round of the postseason for the first time since their rebranding to the Pelicans from the Hornets.

Mirotic's ability to spread the floor and knock down threes was also huge in the Pelicans' win over the Warriors earlier this month. Holiday's star stock has risen with each New Orleans victory, and Game 4 against the Trail Blazers - when he scored 41 points and added eight assists - was his finest performance yet.

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With that in mind, it makes the fact that Holiday was able to maintain a true shooting percentage of 63 percent even more impressive. This is the same New Orleans team that lost one of their stars, DeMarcus Cousins, to injury for the year. The team took fliers on former first-rounders Wade Baldwin and Georgios Papagiannis, too, and will hope for some level of return from either. He overwhelmed Lillard and C.J. McCollum, forcing them to turn the ball over and take hard shots. Join the Pelican Debrief team!

The guard battle of Curry and Klay Thompson versus Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo will be fantastic to watch.

Davis is under contract for three more seasons. I've seen plenty of highlights of what he's doing this postseason and it's incredible.

Sharp-shooting forward Nikola Mirotic, a Montenegro native acquired by the Pelicans in a mid-season trade, said Davis already has enhanced New Orleans' worldwide profile because of the NBA's global appeal.

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