"Right from that window up there I had one eye on the game tape and one eye on Steph".
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors walks onto the court during the warm up before Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals at ORACLE Arena on April 28, 2018 in Oakland, California. What can we expect from Curry?
So while the Pelicans' breakneck style mostly worked during the regular season, when they played the league's fastest pace - 102.73 possessions per game, compared to the Warriors' fifth-best mark of 101.5 - Game 1 was a clear sign that it isn't likely to work now. It's not the point scoring, it's just the rebounding, the assists, his knowledge.
The sharpshooting Curry has been out of action since March 23 with an injury to his left knee. The two-time MVP is expected to play and will have no minute restriction, according to Steve Kerr.
"We've adjusted to life without him". Deep down inside, Thompson has to know that if he had the opportunity to go elsewhere and lead his own team the way that James Harden has, that he'd have the opportunity to leave a legacy much most lasting and impactful than the one he's now working on as the third fiddle behind Durant and Curry. "He's done it plenty of times but we have a very deep team, playmakers all around".
Golden State shot 48% from the field, including 41% from three, as they returned to playing the handsome game after a knock-down drag-out first round series against the Spurs. New Orleans lacked disclipine and the Warriors capitalized on their turnovers.
Rajon Rondo had nine points and dished out 11 assists for New Orleans.
Head coach Alvin Gentry for the Pelicans is going to need to make an adjustment to the starting lineup if he wants to be able to match-up defensively with what Golden State does. The Warriors breezed through the first round easily and have come out even stronger in the conference semifinals against the Pelicans.
Golden State also is pushing the pace, a far different game than in the first round against the Spurs. The 76 points topped 73 against Phoenix on May 4, 1994, while 41 in the second bested 40 scored against Utah on May 11, 2007. Feeling good today, went through the whole practice, so I'd be very surprised if he didn't play. Meaning the lack of difficulty in game one of the current series does not mean the team would not feel the absence of Curry deeply if he were not to return.
Curry resumed full-contact practice Thursday and scrimmaged 5-on-5 for the first time Friday. The Warriors have won a franchise-record 13 straight home playoff games. "We forget about what happened in the first game and put all of our focus into the next game".
After sweeping the Portland Trailblazers and a week off to prepare for the Golden State Warriors, the New Orleans Pelicans played like they'd just been awakened from a long sleep.
Warriors: Green topped Tom Gola's three playoff triple-doubles for most in franchise history. "If he does, we'll take him out, and we'll figure out when to play him, with whom and what the rotation would look like".