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Much respect between these two future NBA MVPs.
Despite the sweep by the Golden State Warriors, there are bright days ahead for Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis scored 36 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots in the 109-98 loss.
However, Davis left his mark on his first NBA playoffs by becoming the first player in 40 years to average more than 30 points and 10 rebounds a game in his first playoff series. The only other players to average to do this in their first four playoff games were Wilt Chamberlain with the 76ers in 1960, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the Bucks in 1970 and Bob McAdoo with Buffalo in 1974.
Golden State head coach, Steve Kerr, had nothing but praise for the future MVP.
"I said I am really glad not to have to against you anymore (this season)," Kerr said. "He is an amazing player and he causes problems at both ends, all over the floor. Defensively, he was fantastic jumping out on Step (Curry). Not many big guys can do that, really jump out on Steph and bother him on the screen-and-rolls, so we dealt with that the whole series. The guy will be the MVP within the next few years, I think."
Warriors guard and potential MVP, Stephen Curry, simply describes Davis:
"He's a bad boy," Stephen Curry said.
Davis, in his third year in the NBA, needed this playoff experience to improve his game in the off-season. Now that Davis has played in his first playoff series, he will return as fourth-year veteran knowing exactly what to expect. Even though the Pelicans got swept, these games will prove very important to the Pelicans team next season.
"In the NBA playoffs you've got to beat a team four times, and that's very tough to do," Davis said. "You're going against guys that know you inside and out, and you've got to try to produce every night."
In conclusion, the Pelicans are going to be just fine as long as Anthony Davis is on their team.