Will Anthony Davis get the help he needs to slow down the Warriors' fast and furious offense? He showed no signs in Game 2 of being less than 100 percent healthy, shooting 5-for-10 from 3-point range and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line, though he did commit a team-high 7 turnovers.
That shot was the soul crusher for New Orleans.
Warriors star point guard Steph Curry returned from a knee injury that kept him out six weeks, playing 27 minutes off the bench and pouring in 28 points in the 121-116 home win over the Pelicans.
Curry will be back in the starting lineup, giving Golden State a major edge in the backcourt. They were led by three players scoring 20-plus points in Davis (25), Jrue Holiday (24) and Rajon Rondo (22). Curry came off the bench to score 28 points while Draymond Green added 20 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists.
Golden State ranks 14th in three pointers allowed per game (29.2) while New Orleans ranks 26th (30.7). It should not be that hard to figure out that this is the way to maximize both prime-time viewership and actual watchability for anyone who's not just a fan of one team, but - get this - wants to see as much playoff action as possible.
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The Pelicans are hoping that the crowd, which will once again be clad in red t-shirts, can give them the extra push to get past a Warriors team that has been the most dominant squad in the league the past four years.
Meanwhile, New Orleans owns records of 52-36 SU and 50-37-1 ATS. There should never be a game where one team outscores the other in the paint 66-38, yet is outshot at the free throw line 27-9. In the series, the Warriors are assisting on an extraordinary 79.3% of made baskets. But will it even matter? With Game 3 on the horizon, Las Vegas has chose to respond to the trend we've seen out of these teams by doing something unprecedented.
Davis averaged over 30 points during that series. The trend has continued this season as well going 3-1 so far.
The expectation is coming off Alvin Gentry's post-game comments, where he compared the foul shots his team was awarded to the Warriors. Because do you know where three of the four losses have come from? That's right, in games against the Warriors.
Even down 2-0, the Pelicans insist that they can play freely. The first round has just finished with the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Boston Celtics advancing to the semifinals.