My former Sixers Iguodala and Holiday didn't play all that well during the series. When All-Star DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn Achilles tendon it just seemed like another lost year. Kerr said Thursday that Curry went through the entirety of the day's practice and had no issues with his sprained MCL. Humbling wouldn't be the right word to use for what happened to Davis in Game 1, because he hasn't done anything to require a humbling. JaVale McGee started every game of the opening series, but he came off the bench this game.
After a neck-and-neck first quarter, the Warriors caught fire in the second frame on their way to their highest scoring playoff half in franchise history, and rode that all the way to victory.
Just don't tell that to Anthony Davis.
Thirteen years later, Kelley is used to the physical, and mental, grind of an National Basketball Association season that goes beyond the 82-game regular season. He had to take on a bigger load within the Warriors offense, and he responded well. Draymond Green chipped in 17 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists while no one else put up more than eight points.
Conversely, how much of Davis will Durant see on the other end?
But, Davis was going up against three players who had above average game scores, including Curry, who had a Game Score of 24.0 to counter Davis' 25.1. As of Saturday morning, 55 percent of public bets have sided with visiting New Orleans. But with the Pelicans, Patty Mills was replaced with the superior playoff version of Rajon Rondo.
With two essentially unstoppable forces on both teams in Davis and Durant, this series will come down to backcourt play. Thompson and Curry are the best backcourt in the league and maybe of all time. With Andre Iguodala starting at point guard to run the offense and Nick Young started at small forward to space the floor, Thompson had even more room to make shots easily.
Klay Thompson led the night's shooting barrage with 27-points, but the story will be the insurmountable lead Golden State amassed in the first half. New Orleans hung tight with Golden State and eventually took a 21-16 lead on E'Twaun Moore's three-pointer at the 4:41 mark.
Guard Jrue Holiday shot 4-of-14 from the field, picked up five fouls and scored 11 points in the Pelicans' loss.
The over is 5-1 in the Pelicans' last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 7-2 in their last nine against the Pacific Division and 7-2 in their last nine against teams with a winning record.