NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - At just 22-years old, Anthony Davis is the face of the New Orleans Pelicans franchise. Tonight he has the opportunity to lead his team into the NBA playoffs.
The Pelicans play host to the reigning World Champion San Antonio Spurs. With a win or an Oklahoma City loss, New Orleans basketball will return to the post-season for the first time in four years. Yet Davis says there's no added pressure as he will keep a similar mindset to the prior 81 games played this season.
"Nothing's changed," Davis said. "Guys are thinking we get overworked by this playoff thing, it's another game for us and that's how we're taking it. That's how we're looking at it and that's how we're going to approach it tonight."
The Spurs enter tonight's match-up having won 11 straight games and are playing for the two seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was Pelicans' coach Monty Williams' former boss and mentor. The Pelicans have won two of three games against the Spurs this season.
"We played this team three times already, we know what they are going to do," Davis said. "They know what we're going to do. Fortunately, we came out on top twice, so nothing is going to change."
Guard Eric Gordon added, "We just got to see who wants it more at the end of the day. I know they are playing for seeding and yes we're playing for playoff position and you know, thin line, but we got to come out on top."
Davis has averaged 23.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game against the Spurs this season. He expects more of the same production even with a rare playoff appearance on the line.
"It's the same thing, same thing I've been doing all year, same thing coach has been doing all year, my teammates have been doing all year," Davis said. "It's just another game for us."
The Pelicans and Spurs will tip things off at 7:00 p.m. in the Smoothie King Center.