Evan Turner (toe) is questionable to play in Game 4 for Portland

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He averaged 28.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.3 steals through the first three games before dropping a monster line of 47 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks on Saturday.

Elsewhere, the Houston Rockets could put the Minnesota Timberwolves on the brink of elimination with a third straight victory.

That's a full day's worth of hoops, all of it deserving of your attention.

The Pelicans led by 33 points in the fourth quarter of Game 3, but the game was much tighter Saturday (April 21).

"It's hard not be the center of attention when you're 7'0" tall and balling in a black mask that looks like it belongs to a supervillain.

But they got off to a horrific start, losing two straight at the Moda Centre in OR, with free-scoring backcourt duo Lillard and CJ McCollum failing to find their groove against a defensively-astute Pelicans team.

Stotts says Maurice Harkless will play more in Turner's absence Thursday night and that the void will be filled "by committee". Anthony Davis added 22 points and 13 rebounds. In the series, New Orleans is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and a blistering 41.3 percent from three point range.

Not on injury report — Paul George
The rookie standout continued his splurge in the fourth quarter and made a floater to give the Jazz an 81-80 edge with 9:50 left. We threw the first punch, they punched us back tonight and now we have to go on the road and get a win at their place.

"He's not just a rookie-of-the-year candidate", Dwyane Wade said, per Philly.com's Keith Pompey. McCollum has fared better, the team still does not have enough offense. If they don't find something that works, they're going to be able to enjoy their summer at lot earlier than they would like to.

But there's a sizable talent advantage for the Sixers, and it's surfaced throughout this series. Though Damian Lillard added 20 points, they came on 5-of-14 shooting.

In the other contests, Philly has breathed fire from three and enjoyed victory margins of 27 and 20 points.

If you've listened to Alvin Gentry after any of the Pelicans past three games, you'd have no idea that his team won all three of those games. New Orleans has hammered them at every turn and their demolition in Game 3 proved that the Pelicans are motivated and focused. As the stats and TV show, the Blazers are simply being outplayed by the Pelicans. In these playoffs, New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Nikola Mirotic, Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo and E'Twaun Moore have scored a scorching 1.2 points per possession while allowing just 9.3 points per defensive possession in 60 minutes together. However, there needs to be some blame directed at Damian Lillard, the Blazers franchise guard. He's had 15 turnovers in his last two games, and plenty of them are ones that he should be able to avoid with the amount of time he's been in the league.

Looking at effective field goal percentage, this appears to be a matchup of two heavyweights. For reference, he averaged 26.9 points, 6.6 assists, 2.8 turnovers and 43.9% shooting on the season.

Oh, he was also on the wrong end of perhaps this postseason's best poster. He did join the team for two road games in Los Angeles.