Time to tweak Blazers

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After suffering a sweep for the second straight year in the playoffs, Terry Stotts' future as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers is in question. Obviously, the blowout in Game 3, we were just totally outplayed. While it's one thing to look great against the Blazers - it's quite another to compete with the two-time champion Warriors. And the Blazers simply got beat for too many loose or 50-50 balls, especially in the end-game situations at Moda Center.

Simmons scored 17 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and passed off 10 assists while J.J. Redick had 24 points to lead seven double-digit scorers for the Sixers, who seized a 3-1 edge over the Heat in their Eastern Conference best-of-seven opening-round series.

MIAMI - Ben Simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in almost 40 years, JJ Redick scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat to move within a victory of the second round.

Gentry has leaned on his top players even more during the playoffs, with his top four accounting for 361 of the 458 points (78.9 percent) the team scored in its four-game sweep. They've found the winning formula between the incredible one-on-one ability of Davis and Holiday, the pace-pushing, distributing talents of Rajon Rondo, and a spread-the-floor shooting attack led by Nikola Mirotic. He averaged 18.5 points during the series, after scoring 26.9 per game during the regular season. "Different guys are playing with different confidence levels". "It's not something you should be proud of, because all you do through the year, fight for playoff and to be in position to have a good postseason".

And it's not just the offense.

Perhaps even the Pelicans next-round opponents will be happy for Davis.

Portland never gave up, trimming a 15-point second-half deficit to a single point on Al-Farouq Aminu's layup with 5:08 to go, but Davis responded with 12 points over the final 4:56, starting with a layup as he was fouled and a three-pointer.

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"It's tough to evaluate after a playoff loss", Stotts said. If everything goes right with his rehab, he's expected to play in at least some - if not all - of the second round series. Together, Davis and Holiday joined LeBron James and Kyrie Irving as the only pair of players to score 40 points in the same playoff game since 2001.

Golden State at San Antonio, 2:30 p.m. As we've seen, that technique doesn't work against the Warriors.

"I mean, the way I finish the season, I feel shame".

"I know in my country, for example - or Spain, or Serbia - they all talk about him". Golden State has a bevy of large bodies to throw at Davis, including JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, Kevon Looney and David West - a revolving door of physical defenders that will take its toll on Davis as the series goes on.

The New Orleans Pelicans are off to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Portland appears to have an edge on the offensive glass in this meeting.

The latter part of that is going to lead to some real soul searching and changes coming to the Trail Blazers.