Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Pelicans Will Still Play Up-Tempo Against Warriors Despite Huge Game 1 Loss

Pelicans Will Still Play Up-Tempo Against Warriors Despite Huge Game 1 Loss

Kerr, general manager Bob Myers and athletic trainer Chelsea Lane met with Curry and made a decision to keep him out. Just trying to work my way up, do what I need to do, do whatever Chelsea (Lane) and the rest of the athletic training staff and coach needs to see to get me back out there.

No matter what personnel the Warriors will have on the floor, they believe they'll be ready for whatever the Pelicans throw their way.

The Golden State Warriors dominated in all aspects in their convincing game one win on Saturday night.

"Obviously when the score is running up and running up, the first thing you want to do is come back and try to score quickly rather than moving the ball and getting into something offensively", Ian Clark said.

The people who have a lot of money riding on this think the Warriors will be fine - that's a good sign that Golden State should be cautious with Curry and confident in their ability to win without him.

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

Curry has acknowledged that despite his desire to get back on court, the Warriors must manage his return given that he has missed their last 14 games. He could have helped Golden State establish an offensive tone for the series.

While the Warriors were not able to beat out the Houston Rockets for first place in the conference during the regular season, they are looking strong in the playoffs. "That's what I expected".

Klay Thompson admitted as much after Saturday's 123-101 victory to open the Western Conference semifinals.

Curry wore compression leggings Friday to protect his sprained knee, which has sidelined him since the injury March 23. The Pelicans averaged 111.7 points in the regular season, good for third in the National Basketball Association. "The shots that we usually make and we were making in Round One, we weren't making yesterday".

"That was probably the loudest I've heard Oracle all year", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Stephen Curry is on the brink of returning to the court.

I also can't remember the last time that an officiating crew completely eliminated a star player in the playoffs with awful call after bad call.

The Warriors are in wait-and-see mode on that. Kerr said that Curry could have a minutes restriction Tuesday and, if so, he'd consider bringing him in off the bench for timing purposes - but that's all too early to determine now. "I think everything is a possibility".

But if there's any notion of him having any issues in any area, he wouldn't go on Saturday. As if the Warriors didn't have enough talent already.

Golden State may have a lot more competition than they have had in recent years, but it is still hard to bet against them, especially with a healthy Curry.

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