Stephen Curry is out for Game 1 of the Warriors' second-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans, Warriors' coach Steve Kerr announced before tipoff Saturday.
While Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo pointed to the defensive lapses as the culprit for allowing a 41-point quarter, Gentry pinned numerous issues on the offensive end, claiming there's no amount of defense capable of truly stopping the Warriors' attack. Durant also enjoyed success against the Pelicans in the regular season, posting 27.3 points on a 50% field goal percentage in four games. He was listed as questionable heading into Saturday's game.
Now, they likely get Curry back for Game 2 on Tuesday night and all that he brings - even if in a limited role initially. He should be back soon.
The New Orleans Pelicans played great basketball to sweep the Trailblazers in the first round of the playoffs, but they fell back to earth with a 123-101 loss to the Warriors in Game 1 on Saturday.
Draymond Green registered a triple double in a mere 24 minutes, marking the fourth time he's logged a triple double in the playoffs. Green posted a triple double (16 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists) in 30 minutes. "That second quarter reflected what's at stake and what we're trying to accomplish". Davis is an unstoppable force on both ends when healthy and focused, Holiday is playing like an All-Star, Mirotic is on fire (averaging 25.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.6 threes on a 46.4 percent clip during the nine-game winning streak) and the role players have been solid.
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The Warriors found out one very important fact: the Pelicans are not the Spurs. "Hopefully he comes back Tuesday but we still have to have the same mindset if he isn't", Klay Thompson said. Durant had 26 points and 13 rebounds in less than three quarters. But the Pelicans' chances of taking down the Warriors at Oracle Arena will be slim to none without a major improvement on the offensive end.
A major highlight of the game was Kevon Looney's fantastic stretch of minutes; coach Steve Kerr played him for 24 minutes off the bench as the main center, since Kerr started the game super small, with no traditional center (Draymond Green started at the 5).
The last time the two-time MVP started a game on the bench was in the 2011-12 season and has only been a reserve six times in his entire career.
"A lot of things that happened in the game were self-inflicted", coach Alvin Gentry said.
He recorded 21 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in Game 1, but he is the type of player who could drop 40 or 50 points when his team plays super fast. The Pelicans offense relies so heavily on Davis playing like the superstar he is that when he has a performance that is poor by his standards, such as last night's. the team has nearly no shot of contending with this Warriors team.