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Warriors' Steph Curry sitting out Game 1 against Pelicans

Warriors' Steph Curry sitting out Game 1 against Pelicans

After averaging 27.8 points per game in the Pelicans' surprising sweep of Trail Blazers in the first round, he needs to do more if New Orleans wants any chance in this series.

Curry's Golden State Warriors face the Pelicans in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals at the Oracle Arena today (3.30am United Kingdom time tip-off) with the All-Star guard in the frame for a first appearance since March 23. New Orleans has a razor thin margin for error in this series, and they can not afford to scuttle through Game 1 fighting off rust form the extended time off. They wait for the shot, feed the man (often necessary), and make it.

Pelicans Offense. The Warriors' defense, while good, is not tops in the National Basketball Association, and they are not built to deal with a pair like Davis and Mirotic. New Orleans piled up more than 110 points in three of the four games in the series and stifled the prolific backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for most of the series. If he looks anything like the mutant we saw against Portland then Golden State is going to have a real hard time beating the Pelicans, especially without a fully healthy Steph Curry. While Golden State did come out playing at an extremely high level, the Pelicans made it easier for them with some of the boneheaded mistakes that were made on both ends of the court. After Davis went off in the Pels opening round series against Portland, Shea Serrano quipped that he hoped this was a bear-tastes-human-blood situation; After the first game against Golden State, it's a deer-in-headlights-life-flashing-before-eyes situation.

Golden State shot 13 for 20 in the second, making four 3s and 11 of 14 free throws.

Meanwhile in the West, the Warriors and Pelicans tipped off the second round with a massively one-sided contest.

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Just don't tell that to Anthony Davis. Rajon Rondo had a typical postseason game with seven points, seven rebounds and 16 assists in the win.

Through the first quarter, the Pelicans were playing the Warriors" game - running up and down the court at breakneck speed - matching basket for basket - matching every KD three or Klay Thompson pull up jumper with a lob to AD, a "did-that-really-happen?' Rondo assist, a Jrue pull up jumper or a key bucket from E'Twuan Moore. The Warriors' chase of a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance gets a stiffer test beginning here. That's when he sprained his right ankle during the Warriors' 110-107 win against the San Antonio Spurs. Anthony Davis, their best player and a legitimate MVP candidate, scored just 21 points and shot 45 percent from the field.

Davis' daunting playoff averages: 33 points, 12 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Golden State manipulated the Pelicans defense and outscored them 41-21.

This story has been updated with quotes and post-game material from the Warriors' locker room at Oracle Arena.

Nick Young was inserted into the starting lineup to join Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green. "What we have to do is see how his body responds the rest of the day, put him through another practice tomorrow".


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