There's nearly no incentive for the Warriors to tip their hand to the Pelicans and share when Curry will return until they absolutely have to, so we expect to be kept in the dark on the subject until a few hours before he does return to the court.
Considering the Pelicans' dominant first round sweep against the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers, this series is looking to be quite the wake-up call for the Dubs, who faltered a bit after Game 3.
Look for Golden State to hold serve, but also to work for it in a 129-119 victory. Curry will likely have a minutes limit, allowing Golden State to ease him back into action.
"We've got to play our game, and what our game is is to play fast-paced basketball", says head coach Alvin Gentry. That's why the imminent return of Stephen Curry is so important as the Warriors and Pelicans begin their second-round series on Saturday night.
After missing 16 of the last 17 games of the regular season and the first five games of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, a former back-to-back MVP may finally return to the court for the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Ask All-Star Klay Thompson. Golden State already struggles enough with Anthony Davis; add in a healthy DeMarcus Cousins (along with Nikola Mirotic when either star big hit the bench) and the Warriors would be in trouble.
Can he lead the Pelicans to the Western Conference Finals?
But good first-round stories usually die in the semifinals, and even without Curry, the Warriors have way more depth and far better options than New Orleans. Durant is a stone-cold killer offensively, while Davis, who averaged 1.5 steals and 2.6 blocks during the season, is one of the most versatile defenders in the league, so whenever those two are on each other, it will deserve all of your attention. However, the Pelicans have a great chance of winning this series.
Golden State is obviously formidable with or without Curry, though the offense scuffled to close out the series against San Antonio.