Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Durant scores 38, Warriors down Pelicans for 3-1 lead

Durant scores 38, Warriors down Pelicans for 3-1 lead

Kerr believes his decision to insert Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup paid off for Golden State.

Ray Brewer won back-to-back titles in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-15.

Durant scored Golden State's first two baskets on pull-up jumpers to set the tone for the night as the Warriors put the ball in his hands often.

That's been the dilemma for Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry as New Orleans has slid into a 3-1 hole in its Western Conference semifinal playoff series against defending champion Golden State.

Golden State ranks first in blocks allowed per game (3.6) while New Orleans ranks fourth (4.3). Expect a blowout and a cover.

Kevin Durant made his approach to taking over a pivotal National Basketball Association playoff game sound so simple - and look that way, too. "To win one game is not an impossible task, and that's what we have to do". But when you lose by 26 points, I guess it's hard to direct even the tiniest bit of blame toward the three guys blowing the whistles. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 38 points and nine rebounds in the win. Anthony Davis is averaging 29.6 points and 12.8 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 23.3 points and 5.8 assists. The Warriors are in search of their third title in four years, but will likely have to go through a powerful Houston Rockets team to do so.

In what is described as a "long-a** text message" by ESPN, Green urged Durant to be more aggressive and pull himself out of his funk. The Pelicans managed to fight back in the second quarter, but their effort was not enough to grab the lead or even tie the game at the end of the first half. But you play against that lineup the majority of the game anyway. "I thought it would be a good idea today to let their minds rest, their bodies rest".

"We don't have the ability to all of a sudden change that and become a walk-it-up-the-court team", Gentry continued.

That has always been their go-to lineup in critical situations and in Game 4, it looked up for the task as it registered an offensive rating of 130.1 and a defensive rating of 66.5 for a net rating of 63.6 - a great sign for Golden State's bid to repeat as champions. And if they happen to come back to California for Game 7, they'll address it then.

If Cousins remained healthy, slowing the pace somewhat, and punishing the smaller lineups the Warriors use to greatest effect, would be a more realistic option for New Orleans. Moore stepped up in Game 4 despite the loss as he scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, his highest-scoring output of the postseason and fifth straight game in double figures.

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