Davis, Mirotic lead Pelicans past Rockets

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Davis shines as Pelicans rout Rockets in season opener

There was a bit of a question mark on who would start at small forward in the absence of Ariza, but James Ennis has answered that call. Davis allowed the fifth lowest field goal percentage (54.1 percent) on shots at the rim last season. Being lightyears ahead of the rest of the league, they'll manage to convince the New Orleans Pelicans to swap Durant for star big man Anthony Davis under one condition: the Warriors have to take back coach Alvin Gentry.

The Rockets won the season series 3-1 past year. But he is expected to come off the bench when the team opens the regular season Wednesday against the Pelicans. The Warriors will be the heavy favorites to win their third straight National Basketball Association championship - and fourth in the last five seasons - but that doesn't mean they won't be challenged.

"At the end of the day whatever I have to do to help this team win a championship, then that's what's going to be done", Anthony said. He gets to play with the league MVP, one of his best friends in the game, and a coach who knows more than anyone how to assimilate his style of play into an offense.

Last season, the Rockets allowed 105.6 points per 100 possessions, 7th best in the National Basketball Association, nearly a 3-point improvement on the season before when they were 18th, but this season's team is missing three huge cogs: Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Jeff Bzdelik. Watching intently from the sideline was Anthony Davis.

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"We moved the basketball and we made shots, but we put our hats on and defended", Davis said.

NO. Two pointers made up 40.1 percent of the Rockets' makes last season, and 55.2 percent of New Orleans' makes. Four free throw attempts in one quarter is high, even for Harden.

Everybody thought the Pelicans' 2017-18 season was done when Cousins went down in mid-season with an Achilles injury. Pelicans' opponents averaged 14.5 turnovers per game compared to 14.5 for the Rockets.

Not only that, but behind Davis' superb play, New Orleans swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round before falling in five games to the eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors. I need a better payout to consider saying Yes.

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