May 26, 2018

Warriors ground Pelicans in Game 1 sans Curry

30 April 2018, 03:21 | Kristopher Drake

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"Just made the decision based on giving him the extra few days and the fact he only scrimmaged yesterday, " Kerr said before Saturday's game. The Warriors had enough firepower to knock off the creaky Spurs, who were offensively challenged all season without their superstar Kawhi Leonard.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will not play in Saturday night's second-round playoff opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. With Al Horford (26 points) owning the paint and Terry Rozier (26 points, 5-of-8 from 3-point range) ripping the nets from outside, Celtics built a 19-point lead with five minutes remaining before coasting home. Kerr rekindled his team's explosive identity by meeting fire with fire, downsizing his starting lineup by playing Green at center to match up with the Pelicans, who have thrived since the All-Star break by playing small lineups around Anthony Davis. Technically underdogs, #new orleans came into the playoffs on a hot streak, winning their last five games.

But they fell apart fast Saturday night. Golden State is shooting 47.8 percent from the floor and knocks down 33.6 percent of their three point attempts so far. When he missed a shot, sometimes he drooped his shoulders and trudged back on defense with his head down. Parker remains relatively dirt cheap, which makes him a high-value play at the power forward spot. On the other end, I'm not sure that JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, or even the freakish Draymond Green can slow down Davis right now. "He will incorporate himself back into the offense". Keep a keen eye on who Davis, Holiday, and Rondo match up on. My knee feels pretty good, I don't have any pain doing the things that I've been doing. And we started to figure it out before he got hurt.

While New Orleans couldn't stop any Golden State starter, it's Draymond Green that would lead the way with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. It is a common belief within National Basketball Association circles that it is virtually impossible to beat them at their own game. Durant had 12 points for the Warriors after the first quarter, and Green hauled in 7 rebounds. That's a big problem. As great as Holiday was in the first round, he's hardly the toughest test the Warriors have faced. We know we're a much better team than what we showed tonight defensively. This team is kind of like playing ourselves.

"That was probably the loudest I've heard Oracle all year", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

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"I wanted to cover Southern and start my sports broadcasting career, so I would write and produce the sports for the mornings before I got off the air at 6 a.m., and that allowed me to get credentialed for SIU athletics", he said.

"I try to think about what it means to get back in not just game shape - my normal minutes I usually play - but on top of that, we're talking about the playoffs and the second round".

Curry is expected to scrimmage Sunday and practice Monday before returning for Game 2 on Tuesday.

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