While some predicted that rookie Jordan Bell may be thrust back into the Warriors rotation to lend a hand with Davis, it was actually Kevon Looney who drew that assignment, playing almost 24 minutes in Game 1, more than he had played in all but eight games in the regular season. He grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists. Curry had participated in scrimmages prior to Game 1, but the Warriors staff opted to see him in one more scrimmage before giving Curry the green light to return to action tonight.
They did so without the help of two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who missed his 15th game in a row due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee. Succeeding schedules for Games 5 to 7 will follow pending the results of the upcoming games. Curry has only played in one game since March 9, logging a total of 25 real-game minutes over the past 53 days on the calendar. "I've been going against him last couple of days".
Davis got Iguodala in no man's land, trying to front him, but not quite strong enough to actually get his hips around and in front, a situation that even a defender as stout as Iguodala can't handle.
New Orleans has faced numerous hard circumstances in '17-18, not even a lock to make the playoffs until clinching a berth on the third-to-last day of the regular season.
"It didn't surprise me at all", he said.
However, getting him back in and acclimated should pay dividends down the road. "But I'm more so excited as his brother that he's out there, he gets to play basketball, something that he loves to do".
Despite his absence, the Warriors rolled through their first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs in five games and proved that they might not need him to come out victorious against the Pelicans in this round.
Golden State scored 41 points in the second quarter and 76 in the first half - both new franchise-bests for the postseason. As of Tuesday afternoon, 66 percent of public bets are being placed on host Golden State. Brown was considered "very doubtful" to play, coach Brad Stevens had said.
"I know what the situation is", Curry said. I can't blame it on a week off of rest. "If we can clean that up, I think we'll be fine".
The 76ers began the season at 150-1 to win a championship, per OddsShark, equal to the Utah Jazz, who are also still alive. "He can impact a game and have five points".
In the first round series against the Trail Blazers, Holiday lit it up, averaging 24 points, six assists and just under four rebounds per game.
"We all like to get out in transition, " Warriors guard Shaun Livingston said. Those guys are 33, 31, and 30 respectively with a combined 174 games of playoff experience among them.
The top-seeded Raptors opened the postseason a step behind the Cavs in our pre-playoff rankings, based exclusively on the fact Cleveland employs LeBron James. That said, the Sixers' gentleman's sweep of the Miami Heat was just a step below the dominance shown by the Rockets and Warriors. "Honestly, we can try all we want to".