Stephen Curry out for Game 1, Kerr expects him back Game 2

Arnold Nichols
April 30, 2018

But they rose to the occasion during a record-breaking second quarter on Saturday, and their crowd did the same.

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. This series could pose some issues for Golden State if Curry misses time, but if he plays the entire series the Pelicans do not have much of a chance.

That is now in the past though, and if guys like head coach Alvin Gentry and his squad want to keep New Orleans' season going, they will have to make some noise against this Golden State Warriors team, regardless of how fresh Stephen Curry looks upon return.

Meanwhile in the West, the Warriors and Pelicans tipped off the second round with a massively one-sided contest. "That second quarter reflected what's at stake and what we're trying to accomplish".

The Pelicans will play the Warriors again on Tuesday in Game 2, and New Orleans could face the return of Stephen Curry. On Saturday night, he hounded Pelicans big man Anthony Davis to just 21 points on 9/20 shooting. Golden State took Game 5 of their series with the Spurs 99-91 at home Tuesday to win their series 4-1. "If there's a minutes restriction, maybe we'll consider bringing him off the bench just for timing purposes". You have to sprint back, find a shooter and they are pushing the tempo.

"The most I'd ever done of any team was when I was doing college baseball in 2005, and in 2005, Tulane went all the way to the College World Series, so we did more than 60 baseball games in over five months or more", Kelley said.

Through the first quarter, the Pelicans were playing the Warriors" game - running up and down the court at breakneck speed - matching basket for basket - matching every KD three or Klay Thompson pull up jumper with a lob to AD, a "did-that-really-happen?' Rondo assist, a Jrue pull up jumper or a key bucket from E'Twuan Moore. The Portland Trail Blazers were the heavy favorites going into the series; however, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans won the series 4-0 in the only sweep of the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs. They hit another buzzer-beater to end the third but by then it was way too late.

Anthony Davis is ready for the Pelicans' Western Conference semifinal showdown with the Warriors. The Warriors will most likely win this series, but it should go six or seven games and be very exciting to watch. I've learned a lot about what those words mean this year. Davis is averaging 33 points and 12 rebounds per game through this post-season. "He was a huge part of why our offense opened up and was a huge part of our pace of play and our ball movement", Thompson said.

Green finished with his fourth career postseason triple double. "That's not a good situation for us", Gentry said.

Curry, who won the MVP in 2015 and 2016, appeared in 51 games for the Warriors this season. With that, they were able to hang with Golden State trailing only 35-34 after the first quarter.

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