Ever since leaving the University of Kentucky for N’awlins, Anthony Davis has been tearing up the league as the face of the New Orleans Pelicans. When you consider what he’s already done to establish himself as on of the NBA’s best and add to that how young he still is with the crazy potential that he can still reach, the title of best player in the game could definitely be his sooner than later.
One thing that helps cement a player’s reputation is leading his squad to the playoffs. That has eluded Davis to this point in his brief career. This year is his best chance to experience postseason play as a pro to date.
It has all come down to one game, a battle for the No. 8 seed.
The Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder (no doubt Enes Kanter is eager for a shot at the playoffs too) enter their respective regular season finales with identical 44-37 records. New Orleans hosts the red-hot San Antonio Spurs while the Thunder finish up in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
If both teams lose New Orleans is in. If both teams win New Orleans is in. A loss and a Thunder win would mean Davis and New Orleans would be on the outside looking in.
The Pelicans currently hold the head to head tiebreaker over the Thunder. Here’s one reason why.
The regular season does matter.
Obviously the Thunder have the easier road because Minnesota is much worse than San Antonio. However Spurs coach Greg Popovich has been known to rest his players any time he feels like it. San Antonio is fighting for the No. 2 seed out west with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers so they may play all of their starters.
It doesn’t matter who they trot out there, the Pelicans need to protect their home floor and punch their ticket for the playoffs. Then they won’t have to worry about what the Thunder do or don’t do.
If New Orleans wins they face the top seeded Golden State Warriors who are no easy task to say the least. But we have seen top seeds bow out in the first round in the NBA Playoffs in recent years. One of the most memorable was when those very Warriors were doing the slaying back in 2007.
The playoffs are right there for A.D. Once you win and get in anything can happen.