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Jrue Holiday credits his ‘inner Anthony Davis’ after 6-block night vs. Rockets

Pelicans

In light of all the Anthony Davis trade rumors, the New Orleans Pelicans remained focused on the court as they took down the Houston Rockets 121-116 behind Jrue Holiday’s monster performance on the defensive end.

Holiday finished with 19 points, 8 assists, six rebounds, and six blocks to lead the Pelicans. He was also tasked to guard Rockets star James Harden, who did score 37 points, but shot 11-32 from the field.

When asked about his motivation for his defensive performance, Holiday had this to say post game.

For the fifth straight game, the Pelicans played without All-NBA forward Anthony Davis, who’s been dealing with an injury.

New Orleans should get used to playing without Davis though, as the 25 year-old forward has officially requested a trade from the franchise, who has been unable to build a competitive team good enough to make the playoffs.

One particular player has benefited from Davis’ absence, and that is Jahlil Okafor, who signed a one-year deal with the team last summer. The five-year veteran has been averaging at least 19 points and five boards over the past five games.

Okafor put up 27 points and 12 rebounds against Houston.

The Pelicans are preparing to rebuild, and they are planning to begin the process by trading Davis. However, the question that remains is whether or not the team is willing to trade him now, or wait until the end of the season.

The most prominent trade partner being linked to the Pels right now is the Los Angeles Lakers, who would like to pair Davis with LeBron James.