As if the Warriors didn't have enough talent already. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry could use Rondo to defend a hobbled Curry and move Jrue over to Thompson, but that gives Kevin Durant a favorable matchup against Anthony Davis.
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. It played right into the Warriors' hands, and they looked like a team that had been freed from San Antonio's defensive prison. The Warriors will have a hard task on their hands in trying to lock down Davis, but the Pelicans will be hard-pressed to keep up their hot streak from their series against Portland after almost a week off. If Golden State didn't consider the Pelicans a threat, they likely would be fine resting Curry for a few more games. They adapted seamlessly to a new playoff opponent that boasts more depth and plays at a faster pace.
Rondo couldn't make the Warriors pay as he went just 4-of-10 from the field and 0-of-2 from deep, and was egged on by the Oracle crowd to shoot it anytime he touched the ball. 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. Curry has averaged 26.2 points per game, 6.6 assists per game, and 5.1 rebounds per game over 75 career playoff contests. Even with Curry not at full strength, the Pelicans will still have to guard him out to the halfcourt line, opening up space for the rest of the Warriors' offense. The Warriors were far and away better than the Pelicans and it's that simple. That's a big problem. "So.conceivable-I don't want to put a percentage on it because I don't know-but I'm not saying inconceivable. we'll know more pretty soon here".
Now's your chance to get DFSR PRO, which will give you access to our National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball optimizer and our new player lab! In Game 4, the Pelicans scorched the Portland defense as they shot 57.7 percent overall, despite going nine of 25 from long range.
Curry, for his part, said he feels great, with Kerr adding it is "very likely" he plays in Game 2. "But there's always a balance", Kerr said.
Horford is basically the only legitimate play at center with the likes of Thon Maker and JaVale McGee nowhere close to being reliable.
What was Curry's case?
As usual, Curry insisted he "feels great and he's ready to go, " said Kerr, who is encouraged Curry feels so good.