Stephen Curry may return for Game 2 vs Pelicans

by Abel Hampton May 2, 2018, 3:06
Stephen Curry may return for Game 2 vs Pelicans

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is likely to return for Game 2 of the second round Tuesday night after being ruled out for Game 1 on Saturday.

Curry, who has missed the team's past 15 games, including all five games of the first-round series with the San Antonio Spurs, would be a welcome addition, but Klay Thompson warned that his teammates couldn't get complacent against the risky Pelicans.

The Warriors rolled to a 123-101 victory with their star on the bench. The Pelicans only converted on 43.8% of their field goals, and they were also out-rebounded by a wide 57-42 margin. It's doubtful. But Anthony Davis might be the best player on the court in this series, and Rajon Rondo is a different animal in the playoffs than during the regular season. Does that mean the Pelicans can win the series balling like that? Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry has claimed that his team will continue to play with intense speed, because that is the way they've done it all season. They will need a complete team effort to have a chance in game two. He is one of the best shooters in the league, and he has the benefit of excellent stamina as well. None of Golden State's five games against San Antonio had a pace higher than 98.12 (Game 1). Thompson had similar shooting stats, finishing with 27 points on 10-22 shots and 4-9 from three point land, but the shots he made were all in succession, and each three he made got Oracle Arena and his teammates electrified and fired up. The 28-year old shooting guard is shooting a dazzling 50% from beyond the arc in six playoff games, and he is averaging 23.3 points in these playoffs. The Pelicans are more equipped for an up-tempo game than to slow the ball down and operate in a plodding half-court setting. The Warriors led by 29 points entering the fourth quarter, which was merely a formality. They conceded an average of 107.5 points in regular season action, placing them 18th in the National Basketball Association.

In seven dominating minutes, the Warriors essentially ended the game. While the Warriors looked like they could have a tough matchup against New Orleans, they have gotten off to a very fast start ( Golden State thrived at the stripe, getting 11 points there in the second quarter alone. The Warriors allowed 60 percent shooting but led the Pelicans 35-34 entering the second quarter.

Gentry will have the very hard task of making adjustments going forward while not taking away too much of what makes his team unsafe.

The New Orleans Pelicans may have been on the wrong end of a blowout in Game 1, but at least they're wearing out the Golden State Warriors.

"Klay looked at me on the bench and said, 'Man, Draymond, I got more exhausted tonight than I did in any game against the Spurs, '" Green said with a laugh.

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