Per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is considered questionable to play in Saturday's Game 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans. No matter what happens in the series with the Warriors, this team has brought back hope to the fans for a bright future for the New Orleans Pelicans and reignited a passion for basketball in this city.
My general take on this series is that I'd like to play as few players as possible, and prioritize the next series instead.
Not that the Warriors were ever expected to lose this game or this series - or this championship. The two home playoff games against the Trailblazers were a sea of red.
The Pelicans are obviously considered massive underdogs in the series. The Warriors played with heart and pride while the Pelicans played like a G-League team.
In the unsung heroes department, Kevon Looney scored only 3 points, but finished +34 thanks to some effective defense against Anthony Davis.
After some ups and downs during the regular season, he shot 52.9 percent - 46 for 87 - in the first round including 16 of 31 on 3s for 51.6 percent. The Pelicans don't seem as big or as tough as the Warriors. 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. "Davis is 6'10" compared to Green's 6'7" and Davis is 20 pounds heavier than Green.
Without Steph Curry in game one, it was supposed to be much more hard for the Warriors to defeat the Pelicans. "New Orleans has nobody with the size or quickness to guard Durant, who's listed at 6'9" but says he is actually a seven-footer. Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore both entered halftime with three fouls and each picked up a fourth early in the third quarter. The battle between Davis and Durant should be a Titanic clash, especially when the Pelcians are defending. The Pelicans earned their first playoff win in general and their first series win in the Anthony Davis era: they'll look to build off that here. It's easy to forget after what we saw in round one, but the Pelicans are the worst defensive team left in the playoffs this side of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thompson led all scorers with 27 points. Thompson lit up the Spurs for 22.6 points and a silly 63.3 true-shooting percentage in the first round.
Both teams shot well in the first half, and the Warriors only had 1 more field goal attempt than the Pelicans despite a 21 point lead.