Rajon Rondo dishes on goals as Pelicans win eight straight
The New Orleans Pelicans have seen their best case scenario thanks to Anthony Davis’ rampant surge in the last couple of weeks, bouncing back from three straight losses to win eight straight games after taking down the Dallas Mavericks on the road at the American Airlines Center on Sunday during the 2017-18 NBA season.
The Pelicans have beaten five teams on the road during their eight-game surge, one which has catapulted them from barely hanging on to eighth place to the middle of the playoff bracket, taking over the fourth spot right under the Portland Trail Blazers.
Rajon Rondo played a major part against the Mavs with a near-triple-double of 14 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds, but he lauded his backcourt mate Jrue Holiday, who led all scorers with 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting.
“It’ll be fun to watch when hopefully we get into the playoffs and then he can really put his talent on display,” said Rondo of Holiday, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Holiday is averaging 25.9 points on 55 percent shooting from the floor, 40.7 percent from deep, along with 7.5 assists, 1.4 steals per game and a whopping plus-91 rating through this recent eight-game stretch.
The Pelicans are smelling the playoffs more and more as each day passed, despite losing a key cog in big man DeMarcus Cousins — though Rondo warns the postseason isn’t the reason why he signed with the team during the summer.
“S**t, my goal was never just to get to the playoffs,” Rondo said. “I didn’t sign up here just to get to the playoffs… I want to continue to grow and get better.”
The playoff race is very narrow in the West with spots 3-to-8 only separated by two games. New Orleans will need to keep the pedal to the metal if they hope to remain as highly-seeded as they are.