April 15, 2018, 2:01 amJrue HolidayPG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday finished Saturday's Game 1 victory with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one triple, one steal and two blocks but made his biggest mark with a pair of clutch defensive plays.
Holiday managed to knock the ball free in transition, playing perfect defense on a hard-charging C.J. McCollum with New Orleans clinging to a tight lead. He would also deliver a game-saving swat from behind (his second of the night) in the final 10 seconds that moved this chess match into the endgame. While those are the two plays that will get all the pub, Holiday made a number of small, savvy plays all night long as the Pelicans snatched home court away. If the Blazers didn't know the stats about Holiday being one of the league's preeminent backcourt shot-blockers, they do now.