Blazers' McCollum: Being swept by Pelicans was 'demoralizing'

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C.J. McCollum of the Trail Blazers admits being swept in the first round of the playoffs last season but the Pelicans was "demoralizing" and left a "foul taste" in his mouth.

The four-game sweep, however, showed how much Portland "must improve individually and collectively" as preparation begins for the 2018-19 season, coming off a 49-33 regular season and earning the third seed in the playoffs, the flameout against New Orleans notwithstanding.