The New Orleans Pelicans advanced to the second round of the 2018 NBA playoffs on Saturday night by sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round. By doing so, they likely earned a matchup with the reigning champs.
Also known as Alvin Gentry's former team.
Gentry served as an associate coach with the Golden State Warriors during the 2014-15 season. He was hired by New Orleans during the 2015 postseason but stayed with the Dubs for the remainder of the playoffs, which resulted in the Dubs' first championship since 1975. It also marked the first of three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals for Stephen Curry and Co., leading to two titles.
Golden State currently holds a 3-0 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs. Knowing that a showdown with his former team is looming, Gentry wants to have fun with the situation. The 63-year-old Pelicans coach joked after the Game 4 victory over the Trail Blazers that all he cares about is outcoaching his former boss, via NBA TV:
This is the first time the Pelicans have ever made it out of the first round. The New Orleans franchise last advanced in the postseason back in 2007-08, when Chris Paul led the Hornets to the second round.