Warriors star Curry set to play game two against Pelicans

Warriors star Curry set to play game two against Pelicans

Warriors star Curry set to play game two against Pelicans

But New Orleans ended the second on a 7-0 run and Darius Miller's 73-foot heave at the halftime buzzer counted, getting the Pelicans within 76-55 at the break.

Holiday was a big reason the sixth-seeded Pelicans swept third-seeded Portland in the first round of the postseason.

While the Warriors are obviously the favorites in this series, it seems like a reasonable question to wonder why no one wants to take a chance on New Orleans.

Kerr knew he wanted Gentry on Golden State's staff when hired to coach the Warriors before the 2014-15 season - and it's among the first calls he made.

It's going to be interesting to see if the Pelicans can have the same kind of success as they have thus far in the playoffs.

The Warriors began the second quarter on a 13-5 run to create some space between them and the Pelicans. 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. However, the feeling is the Warriors don't think this series will be anything close to a breeze with the way the Pelicans are playing. Anthony Davis led New Orleans with a franchise playoff record 47 points plus 10 boards, 33 of which came in the second half. Much like the opening series, that depends on Playoff Rondo speeding through the lane and dishing out assists to cutting players for layups or out to spot up shooters for 3's.

Golden State made it through round 1 without the services of Stephen Curry, who continues his road back from a knee injury sustained in his first game back after an ankle injury. As if the Warriors didn't have enough talent already.

Outlook: New Orleans' quick work of the Trail Blazers almost gave it a crack at Stephen Curry-less Golden State, but Curry scrimmaged Friday and is questionable for Saturday.

By the fourth quarter started the starters were out for both teams and the rout was on for the Warriors.

The Warriors were barely slowed by San Antonio's defense in the series before Game 4. It also leads to a full quarter of garbage time in a 123-101 Golden State blowout.

After the win, Thompson explained the advantage that Oracle Arena's raucous environment brings the Warriors. Do they use Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney or JaVale McGee? Kevon Looney stepped into the rotation for Jordan Bell and contributed eight points and three boards in 23 minutes. He averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds during the regular season playing in 51 games. They had one of the most insane sequences ever go there way that had to have everybody in New Orleans throw their hands up in disgust. Rare for a big man. That will be another dynamic for the Pelicans to contend with on the defensive end.

The 30-year-old insisted he "felt great" and was "ready to go" last night but Kerr took the decision to give him a few more days.

If Steph Curry is in fact healthy for Game 1, the scouting report for the Warriors changes dramatically.

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