Green finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks and just with his hustle and energy helped the defending champions pull away with a superb, decisive second quarter. Thompson lit up the Spurs for 22.6 points and a silly 63.3 true-shooting percentage in the first round.
Even in limited minutes, Curry's presence would be a boost to the Warriors, who will face a far stiffer test against the Pelicans, coming off an impressive first-round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, than they did in their five-game yawn-fest against the San Antonio Spurs. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, however, added, "I fully expect him to play Tuesday night" for Game 2. "If there's a minutes restriction, maybe we'll consider bringing him off the bench just for timing purposes. They are so disciplined in what they do, that if you turn the ball over, they are going to make you pay, and they get out in the open court and that's what makes it tough".
Durant and Thompson combined for 53 points on the night, 36 of which came in a first half that stayed close for a while but came bursting apart as the Warriors went on a 25-2 run toward the end of the second quarter and never looked back. 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.
The New Orleans Pelicans were hotter than any other team in the first round.
For their part, the Pelicans coaches and players said it was only one game. The Warriors will most likely win this series, but it should go six or seven games and be very exciting to watch. Through those 4 games, they averaged the highest points per game and the highest field goal percentage. New Orleans piled up more than 110 points in three of the four games in the series and stifled the prolific backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for most of the series.
Warriors Blow Out the Pelicans in Game 1
Bledsoe's basket cut Boston's lead to 54-51 with 9:33 remaining in the third quarter. We're going to be better defensively from the standpoint of not having breakdowns. He averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds during the regular season playing in 51 games.
The difference was in the number of free throws each team shot.
"Just made the decision based on giving him the extra few days and the fact he only scrimmaged yesterday", Kerr said, per ESPN.
So the Pelicans would like to know: "How come you don't want us man?"
The Pelicans fell to the Warriors 123-101 in the opening game of the semifinal series behind a surprisingly subpar performance from Anthony Davis.
Despite the Warriors shooting worse than the Pelicans, they were out-rebounding them. "We approach the game as if everybody's washed their hands of everything that has happened", Gentry said.
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