The Real Warriors Showed Up Against the Pelicans

May JohnsonMay 01, 2018

Over the last month of the regular season, the Warriors searched to find the energy necessary to contend for a second straight title. Saturday's game at Oracle Arena was played at a pace of 105.96, while the pace of Warriors-Spurs peaked at 98.12.

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If you would have been told at the start of the year that the Warriors, considered one of the best collections of talent in National Basketball Association history, and the Pelicans, playing without All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, were going to meet in the National Basketball Association playoffs, you likely would have waved it off as a boring matchup and likely sweep.

But they fell apart fast Saturday night. However, Pelicans' coach Alvin Gentry, once the one of the brains that cultivated the Warriors' championship level offense and defense, is shrewd and will make adjustments.

It's conceivable. He's gonna try and practice ... if he can get in tomorrow's practice and Friday and doesn't have any setbacks and feels physically ready, then there's a chance he can go. The Warriors are good enough to manage without him against the Pelicans - while the Las Vegas line on Saturday's game shifted one point with the news that Curry was out for Game 1, that shift was from the Warriors being nine-point favorites to only being eight-point favorites. He played great tonight.

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No matter what, this team is unbelievable , and I wouldn't trade them for all the sad franchises that litter the upper seeds. But as the Cavs lead got smaller and smaller before ultimately disappearing, James' teammates seemingly disappeared with it.

Kevin Durant didn't even play his best game last night and still walked away with 26 points on almost 50% shooting. Furthermore, Anthony Davis can't do it all himself, and he did not receive a whole lot of support in game one. The former Defensive Player of the Year churned out the worst defensive years of his career, posting career lows in steal percentage (2.0) and defensive rating (103.7).

But he won't be available for Game 1. Pelicans' star Anthony Davis wasn't quite at his best for his standards in the defeat, however he was still productive, netting 21 points along with 10 boards. "That was an fantastic run, 12 minutes, combination of offense and defense, I think we had one turnover in the whole quarter and 10 assists, and the ball was moving and it all started with our defense, and Draymond is always in the center of our defensive effort".

"We're very confident, man", he said. (Laughter) it's very contagious. You know, what we've got to do is, we've got to get AD [Anthony Davis] more involved in the game from the standpoint of even the double-teams, we've got to get him out on the floor and get space, and we've got to do a better job of shot selection.

A major highlight of the game was Kevon Looney's incredible stretch of minutes; coach Steve Kerr played him for 24 minutes off the bench as the main center, since Kerr started the game super small, with no traditional center (Draymond Green started at the 5).

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