Spurs vs. Pelicans recap, reactions: Sliding down the playoff ladder

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GOING FORWARD: Game 2 is set for Tuesday before swinging to New Orleans for games on Thursday and the following Saturday.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray each scored 11 points for the Spurs, who were already playoff bound but went to the locker room after their loss in New Orleans knowing they'd be at best a seventh seed, and that's where they ended up.

Spurs veterans also downplayed their late-season stumbles, which included an eight-game road losing streak.

Rajon Rondon was the player of the game, he continued his extremely strong play as he lead the offense with 14 assists and added 19 points to go along with it. Not to mention Houston's NBA-best 66-16 record and likely Most Valuable Player James Harden were waiting on deck if the Spurs left New Orleans as winners. "Of course it feels good to be back here, but we don't want to be one of those teams that say they got in just to get in".

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It would come down to the final game of the regular season, New Orleans Pelicans vs. San Antonio Spurs.

Spurs: Kyle Anderson and Bryn Forbes each scored 10 points.

Cousins, now 27 years of age, averaged 25.2 points on 47.0 percent shooting from the field (2.2 made three-pointers per game at 35.4 percent), 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks in 36.2 minutes for the Pelicans during their 2017-18 regular-season campaign. But late this season, he shaved his beard, joined the starting lineup and he's been thriving ever since, scoring no fewer than 21 points in a game during the Pelicans' season-ending five-game winning streak. New Orleans' 48 victories is the third most in franchise history, which officially dates back to the NBA's return to the city in 2002-03.

"We want to play fast".

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New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry doesn't believe in coasting into the playoffs.

Now with a more front-and-center position within the organization after the passing of her husband Tom in March, the team owner has plans to attend all games in the best-of-seven National Basketball Association playoff series.

Pelicans: Start their postseason in Portland.

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