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Warriors ground Pelicans in Game 1 sans Curry

Western Conference Semifinals: Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans, Preview, SWOT Analysis & Prediction

With all due respect to the storied San Antonio Spurs organization, this year's version had less star power than a PBS documentary.

Davis, Holiday, Mirotic and Rondo are all averaging over 35 minutes per game in the playoffs. Golden State will be hardpressed to contain Davis, who was a force to be reckoned with in the series and that came with Portland having a solid big man in Nurkic to try and slow him down.

On Friday, Curry participated in his first 5-on-5 scrimmage since the injury and said he was making significant progress toward a return. And they certainly did.

Klay Thompson did make New Orleans pay, leading the Warriors with 27 on four 3-pointers and was unconscious in the second quarter when they outscored the Pelicans 41-21 and essentially ended the game. It was like watching the dinosaurs take over Jurassic Park after escaping from their enclosures. This series could pose some issues for Golden State if Curry misses time, but if he plays the entire series the Pelicans do not have much of a chance. Conversely, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, associate head coach with the Warriors for their 2014-15 championship season, made a decision to stick with his strategy of relentlessly pushing the pace. While Cousins' injury sadly diminishes the ceiling outcome for this Pelicans team, their play in the first round shows that they can still be quite unsafe even without DeMarcus. Also, this is the same Anthony Davis that didn't score fewer than 22 in averaging 33 per game helping the Pels sweep the Trailblazers in round one. The teams have gone over the total in four of the last five meetings at Golden State and eight of their last 10 overall.

"I wanted to cover Southern and start my sports broadcasting career, so I would write and produce the sports for the mornings before I got off the air at 6 a.m., and that allowed me to get credentialed for SIU athletics", he said.

Actually beating the Warriors will be easier said than done.

The Pelicans will look to run their offense through their two remaining stars: Davis and Jrue Holiday. From there it was a brisk walk down the Green Mile for New Orleans on its way to a 123-101 opening game loss.

Game two is Tuesday night at Golden State.

Their second-round opponent, on the other hand, dramatically exceeded expectations in their first-round matchup.

"A big part of this is how he turns up tomorrow after a night's rest, " Kerr said.

"He wants to play and he pleaded his case".

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"I don't think the Pelicans have to play ideal basketball against the defending champs, but they certanly can't hurt themselves by forcing a high number of turnovers and not having scoring droughts", Kelley said. It's who they are, and there's no way they can change now. "We don't want to play dumb". "We're not gonna go back and change everything that we did". The team has yet to decide whether to put Curry on a minutes restriction in his first game back.