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Warriors star Curry to start Game 3 against Pelicans

05 Mai 2018

Entering their eighth game of this postseason, however - Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal against the New Orleans Pelicans - those questions have been answered.

There's also the matter of getting to the free throw line- a stat that stands-out from the first two games- with the Warriors shooting a combined 39 more free throws than the Pelicans.

The Warriors get a big boost by having Curry back and he's going to be back in the starting lineup for this one.

New Orleans jumped on the Warriors from the start of the game, leading the game 30-21 at the end of the first quarter.

Green made a free throw, but Davis scored six more points as they Pelicans took an 83-63 lead. Early turnovers put them on the wrong foot and a few unlucky misses robbed them of their ability to bounce back with a patented run.

New Orleans and Golden State now turn the attention to game four, which will be played on Sunday.

2- Can the Pelicans continue to dictate the pace like they did in Game 2?

Davis didn't quite score 50, but his dominance around and above the rim got the Pelicans back in the series.

Stephen Curry never really got going Friday as he finished six-of-19 shooting with 19 points and six rebounds. Instead, as Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry told reporters before Game 3, it was because the Warriors were bored.

New Orleans averages 52.6 points in the paint per game, which ranks first in the National Basketball Association. New Orleans pushed the tempo and forced the Warriors to adapt to their up-tempo style but it didn't pay dividends in the win column.

The Warriors have been known to erase large deficits in a hurry, but each time they tried to do so in Game 3, the Pelicans responded resoundingly. With Game 3 on the horizon, Las Vegas has made a decision to respond to the trend we've seen out of these teams by doing something unprecedented. Andre Iguodala and Nick Young, who started games 1 and 2, opened as reserves.

Even a balanced Pelicans attack — they took 105 shots — with all five starters scoring in double figures wasn't enough to stop the explosive defending champions.

One of the most promising parts of a disappointing loss on Tuesday for the Pelicans was the notable way the controled the pace of play through most of the game. This game won't be decided by the high profile players, and I see New Orleans prevailing in that type of game. 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. Even when he took his guys out, I was like, nah, lets play two more minutes before we take the guys out. The Warriors, who hold a 2-0 lead, dispatched the San Antonio Spurs 4 games to 1 in the past round.

Warriors star Curry to start Game 3 against Pelicans