May 2, 2018, 1:22 amNikola MiroticF, New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points in Tuesday's loss, rounding out his line with nine rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers.
The Pelicans got thumped in Game 1 but were within striking distance for most of Game 2 even if the result felt mostly inevitable. Mirotic's output was a big part of the difference between Games 1 and 2, and they'll need him to keep producing like this if they're to have any shot in this series. The Pelicans simply lack the depth to afford an off night from one of their key players. They only played four bench players tonight, and two of those guys combined for just 10 minutes.