Stephen Curry Back For Game 2, Thompson Not Focused On Guard's Return

04 May, 2018, 09:22 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Warriors' Steph Curry sitting out Game 1 against Pelicans

It takes 48 minutes to win an National Basketball Association game, but the Golden State Warriors' 123-101 win over the New Orleans Pelicans was decided during a stretch of about half a quarter. But the Warriors said no Steph Curry, no problem, exploding out to a 21-point lead after the 2nd quarter with Klay Thompson leading the way.

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Throughout the course of the regular season, Curry averaged 26.4 points per game to go along with 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Kerr also said Curry asked after Friday's practice to play in Game 1 against the Pelicans on Saturday.

The big question now is what role Curry will have upon his return. As a team, the Pelicans shot just 43 percent from the field and eight of 25 from the three-point line but there was just no coming back as they trailed by as many as 30 points late in the third quarter.

"What happened in the second quarter is inexcusable". His 15 rebounds helped the Warriors out-rebound the Pelicans 65-46, a huge disparity on the glass.

The Warriors' bench outplayed the Pelicans' bench, plain and simple. A major highlight of the game was Kevon Looney's wonderful stretch of minutes; coach Steve Kerr played him for 24 minutes off the bench as the main center, since Kerr started the game super small, with no traditional center (Draymond Green started at the 5).

Is this sustainable? It is nearly surely is not, as Anthony Davis is simply too talented to be held in check like this consistently. Looney finished the game with a ridiculous +34 plus/minus, and it was a result of his disciplined defense on Anthony Davis and on switches to smaller guards like Jrue Holiday.

Thompson scored 27 points in the game, and he'll be a crucial player in this series if the pace stays this way. Kerr called it "very likely" the two-time MVP would play in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

For our three takeaways, we are going to focus on the first half - the competitive portion of this game.