Curry returns with more than a modest performance

Heather Diaz
May 5, 2018

If Brown can't go for Game 2, it will again put stress on a Celtics rotation that just recently got back Marcus Smart from a right thumb surgery.

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.

"Oh yeah, yeah, yeah". Of course, that's not all.

It's understandable that with Curry back in the starting lineup, Kerr would want to send Andre Iguodala back to his normal bench role, but if you're going to go bigger, why not start Kevon Looney, who's already been effective in two games against Davis and New Orleans? Davis, Jrue Holiday and E'Tuan Moore combined for zero free-throw attempts in Game 2, and New Orleans has gotten to the line only 20 times in the first two games combined. Green is definitely a huge factor for the Warriors in these playoffs in which he is averaging a near triple-double of 13.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game. New Orleans did that extremely well in Game 2, and that must continue tonight.

Kerr spoke with the media on Friday ahead of Game 3 between his Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans. Mirotic scored 25 and 21 points in key late-season victories over Memphis and San Antonio, then poured in 30 points in Game 3 of the sweep vs. Portland (he had a rare quiet 10-point day in Game 4, but only took eight shots from the field).

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Evans, who still had time to get a potential game-winner up, weaved his way through a couple of defenders and heaved a half-court shot that missed off the back rim.

That pretty much sums up what happened if you missed round one of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

With that being said, let the games begin!

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. On a weekend, figure out how not to do what the National Hockey League did on April 14, with starts at 3:00, 3:00, 8:00, and 10:30 Eastern... or the following day, when the games were 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, and 10:30. Friday's game is a must win for the homestanding Pelicans. The teams have gone over the total in each of their last four meetings overall and in four of the last five in New Orleans.

"Practicing where you play, there is something to that", Holiday said. "They're not a team that's going to beat themselves". Point guard Rajon Rondo added 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and five steals.

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