See Why Alvin Gentry Thanked Kobe For Saving Jrue Holiday From Stepping Out Of Bounds on Crucial Play in Series-Clinching Win Over Trailblazers (Video)

The Pelicans are moving on to the semi-finals for the first time in years, and though it was really never in doubt much of this series against the Blazers; it still feels like they have reason to exhale.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Pelicans were trying to fight off a tough Trailblazers flurry when guard Jrue Holiday appeared to step out of bounds which would be a critical turnover at the worst time possible.

Upon review, it was determined that not only did Holiday not step out of bounds, his heel appeared to levitate about the baseline:

Holiday was wearing Kobe’s kicks while accomplishing the feat & with it being such an important play, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry wanted to make sure the right person got the credit.

Flip the page to see Gentry shout Kobe out for making the moment possible to kick off his post-game press conference: