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Warriors ground Pelicans in Game 1 sans Curry

01 May 2018, 08:50 | Nina Perez

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Kerr, general manager Bob Myers and athletic trainer Chelsea Lane met with Curry and made a decision to keep him out. The Warriors have played fast for Kerr's entire tenure, they have smart and strong interior defenders to use on Davis and their deep wing rotation has succeeded in limiting MVP-caliber players like LeBron James and James Harden in the postseason. Entering Saturday night, the Warriors ranked 13th out of the 16 playoff teams in 3-point makes per contest and 3-point percentage.

If Curry is anything less than 100 percent, he should be sidelined.

Klay Thompson, meanwhile, has called on the team to have the same mindset they had in the first game on Tuesday night and not focus on whether they will have Curry back in the team.

Through injuries, self-sabotage and a first-round series camouflaged by a slow-down pace, Golden State spent most of the past six months in hibernation. There were just way too many missed defensive assignments allowing Warriors players to get loose for uncontested shots in the paint and I worry that it could only get worse with Curry likely to return to the lineup.

Rajon Rondo had nine points and dished out 11 assists for New Orleans.

Although that didn't pan out, Kerr said it wouldn't be long before Curry is back - even if he plays restricted minutes to begin with. Unfortunately, Golden State has strong counters on all fronts. New Orleans Pelicans. vs Golden State Warriors. live, Chicago Warriors. vs New Orleans Pelicans.

As usual, Curry insisted he "feels great and he's ready to go, " said Kerr, who is encouraged Curry feels so good. "That's what I expected".

The Pelicans fell to the Warriors 123-101 in the opening game of the semifinal series behind a surprisingly subpar performance from Anthony Davis. This year's playoffs have served as Holiday's coming out party, as he played a major role in the Pelican's domination of the Portland Trailblazers.

Of course Jay-Z was sitting courtside at Oracle Arena on Saturday night. "The shots that we usually make and we were making in Round One, we weren't making yesterday".

What is actually possibly sustainable and just as impressive is the defense played on Jrue Holiday in this game.

The Warriors are in wait-and-see mode on that.

But Kerr is looking to take a cautious approach with the three-point sharpshooter and admits he could place him on a minutes restriction and possibly have him come off the bench. "I think everything is a possibility". Same thing happens when Draymond hustles out-of-bounds, get a block and does a great job and get a steal, the crowd enjoys that and I think we feed off our crowd. As if the Warriors didn't have enough talent already.

The style they're most successful with plays right into the hands of the Warriors.

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