"We got a lot of open looks and really good opportunities (in the first two games) - we just need to capitalize on them tonight". Steve Kerr has even more pointed expectations as the tilt approaches.
In their last five games, Golden State is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
Anthony Davis says he doesn't remember the shot, which can be translated to "I don't want to talk about it". Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous energy and anticipation.
The New Orleans Pelicans star showed up to the Smoothie King Center on Friday (May 4) with a black t-shirt from Gucci, black jeans and a pair of red Jordan sneakers.
But one player who proved to be able to slow down Harden at times was Dante Exum-a matchup we all saw coming, right?
With a 2-0 lead over the Pelicans in this best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals series, the Warriors are halfway to winning the series.
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The Warriors were focused on keeping their edge after a blowout Game 1 win.
Despite the loss, there was some reason for encouragement in the New Orleans camp as it only lost by five points as opposed to 22 points in Game 1. Can Alvin Gentry get the Pelicans back on track and pick up a victory in order to make it a 2-1 series or will they be staring at elimination?
The Pelicans did well to put up a fight in Game 2, and being back on their home court should be a plus.
Over the past three years, a home team down 0-2 has covered the first half point spread at an awesome 28-3 clip. So when Curry went off for 28 points in just 27 minutes, shooting 5 for 10 from three, the one hope his health would be a factor in the 2018 playoffs seemed to go out the window, along with the remaining team's chances of hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy in June.
INJURY UPDATE: Smart said Wednesday that his thumb remained "a little sore" after Game 1 but added "I'm good to go" for Game 2. Don't be surprised if New Orleans benefits from a friendlier whistle at home, and the discrepancy dissipates or even reverses itself. As for the New Orleans Pelicans, this too has to be their mindset. They were the league's fastest pace of play team this season, something that's come to define them in the post-Boogie Cousins part of the season. Golden State won Game 1 in a rout despite still being without Steph Curry, remained sidelined with a knee injury that had kept him out since late March.
Curry is back in the mix but one has to wonder if Kerr will watch his minutes to make sure he's back into game form.