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Spurs are favored by five points tonight at the Smoothie King Center. They are also fighting for the two seed in the Western Conference. They are also the reigning champs of the basketball world. They have also won 11 games in a row.

But they aren’t fighting for their lives and aren’t one win away from making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The complexity of the Western Conference Playoff standings is so difficult that I had to run to Reddit to gather all the scenarios. Simplified, Pels advance with a victory against the Spurs, which is possible, or an OKC loss to the Timberwolves, which is incredibly unlikely.

The Pelicans won Monday night in Minnesota 100-88. Anthony Davis went for 24 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in the victory. With that win the Pelicans were one step closer to paradise, yet the Thunder managed to beat Portland causing the fate of the playoff dream to come down to one final game.

With a win, the Spurs will finish as the No. 2 seed. With a loss, the Spurs could drop as far as the No. 6 seed. This isn’t necessarily a “must-win” scenario for the Spurs, but this game definitely garners significant weight.

The New Orleans Pelicans have won two out of three meetings with the Spurs this year and the lone loss was when Omer Asik inadvertently tipped in the winning basket in his own basket. In these three meetings, Anthony Davis has averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game.

This could very well be a “make-or-break” game for perennial hot seat head coach Monty Williams. In an interview with ESPN, Williams said, “We get to play the champs on our home floor, our crowd should be crazy and our guys should have a good time with it.”

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Keys to the Game:

Out rebound and out hustle the Spurs. Pelicans front court of Davis and Asik need to grab both offensive and defensive boards and limit the Spurs to one and done possessions in order to win this game. Limit Duncan’s touches and keep San Antonio big men off of the offensive glass.

Keep Tony Parker out of the lane. Tony Parker will get the likes of Quincy Pondexter, Tyreke Evans, Norris Cole and hopefully Jrue Holiday tonight. Monty Williams does a good job of rotating able defenders to neutralize opposing stars. Pels must create physical match-ups with Tony Parker and keep him from getting our bigs in foul trouble or slicing through the lane for easy layups.

Ryan Anderson needs to hit shots early. The Flamethrower has been in somewhat of a shooting slump since his return. He has all the right offensive moves and footwork but needs to cash in with big buckets early to gain confidence. Also, Ryno, if you’re reading this, take a step closer and toe the three point line. There has been way too many opportunities wasted when a wide open three pointer comes up short simply because it is shot from four feet beyond the arc.

The crowd must be in every possession and supporting the Pelicans for the entirety of the game. Don’t get too low, don’t get too high. Know that the Spurs are one of the best teams in basketball. The crowd must have a playoff like atmosphere and will hopefully be close to full capacity.

Come support the Pelicans for their final game of the regular season. They will take on the San Antonio Spurs at 7pm.

 

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Basketball phenom Anthony Davis trademarks his unibrow

by Elizabeth Glauser on June 27, 2012

The Hornets are sure to pick up young Anthony Davis when they get first pick in the NBA draft tomorrow. With that comes his infamous furry brow, which the young basketball phenomenon has trademarked.

Phrases like “Fear the brow” and “Raise the brow” took over this college basketball season, a trend that the young baller can now capitalize on since he is no longer restricted by NCAA rules. During Davis’ freshman season at Kentucky he led the team to win a National Championship, a feat that will hopefully be repeated with the New Orleans Hornets.

His formidable brow was the center of a merchandising explosion for Kentucky sports stores, some of which garnered cease and desist letters from the university. Davis has signed with Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, a move that may have prompted the trademark of the phrases and gotten him his first endorsement deal with Sprint all before being officially part of an NBA team.Check out coverage of the NBA draft tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN to see Davis and his brow as they become part of the New Orleans sports family.

Source: CNBC

 

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Editor’s Pick: Tigers vs.The Tide Part Two

by Brittney Franklin on January 9, 2012

LSU and Alabama will rematch tonight in the 2012 BCS National Championship. The Tigers and the Crimson Tide faced off in 2011 with the Tigers edging out a win after three field goals. Hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Superbowl, a venue kicker Drew Alleman is familiar with. He kicked the winning field goal at the 2006 Class 5A State Championship in the Dome. Said Alleman to The Advocate: “It’s been awhile, but you kind of know your surroundings. I went to (this year’s) state championship game, and the field is still the same. Having played there, you know your targets are still the same. It’s like being at home again.” The BCS National Championship kicks off tonight at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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