Can the Pelicans exhaust the Warriors?

Can the Pelicans exhaust the Warriors?

"We have to protect him from himself", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Luckily, being smart has never been much of an issue for this Warriors regime, and the Saturday morning (announced Saturday evening) decision to make Curry inactive for Game 1 is no exception.

"I was honestly still frustrated with how the game was going so I didn't really enjoy it", Miller said. And, of course, the load that is Davis. While it allowed time for rest, travel acclimation and system installation, it might have cost the Pelicans' their rhythm, partially leading to a 123-101 loss on Saturday. "If we can clean that up, we'll be fine", said Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo.

Green was a spark in every facet of the game, finishing the opening half just two assists short of a triple double, a feat he accomplished in the early minutes of the third quarter while playing a total of only 30 minutes for the game. "But if we can push the tempo and start to get stuff in transition, that's big for us". "Then when he went down, we had to change everything again". There was a stretch last month the four All-Stars were out and the Warriors lost seven of 10. The Pelicans were perhaps the surprise of the first round, not for just beating Portland but sweeping that series behind center Anthony Davis and guard Jrue Holiday (who averaged a combined 61 points per game). He suffered a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee in the Warriors' victory over the Atlanta Hawks on March 23, a problem that typically takes six weeks to recover from.

That leads to a higher-paced, more entertaining game for the fans.

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Greenwalt's pay shot up $66,000, to $164,200; Hupp's went up $48,000, to $114,590. Dave Joyce had extended to visit Lake Erie. "We'll just see", McConnell said.

Kerr knows the importance of having his most important player as healthy as possible going into the conference finals and possibly the finals. Young, who played 21 minutes, made a 3 on his first shot and another late in the game on his second attempt.

The Spurs deserve credit for that, but the Warriors' offense certainly contributed to its own poor performances with turnovers, poor ball movement, and a general lack of verve. Now, he's likely coming back and adds another dimension to a team already clicking as it chases a repeat championship. He returned to full practice with contact Thursday and scrimmaged 5-on-5 for the first time Friday.

Full strength immediately or not, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry realizes the tall task. "I think the bench is a big story in this series".

No matter what personnel the Warriors will have on the floor, they believe they'll be ready for whatever the Pelicans throw their way. "What we'll do is Plan B, I guess, Plan A, whatever you want to call it".

The Golden State Warriors didn't let up in Game 1 against the Pelicans. "That immediately than translated into the National Basketball Association schedule in my first season as the play-by-play then with the New Orleans Hornets. It just goes to show when we're locked in and we're focused, what we're capable of".