How the Warriors contained Anthony Davis in Game 1

Posted May 02, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry will likely make his much-anticipated postseason debut Tuesday for Game 2 of the Golden State Warriors' second-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans. No, the Warriors deserve praise because a lesser team might have given into Curry's pleas to play in Game 1.

The good news for Warriors fans is that Curry's return is imminent. While Curry played, Kerr looked on from a perch inside the team's downtown Oakland facility as he prepared for Game 2 with his staff.

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The defending National Basketball Association champion Warriors have nonetheless been thriving in his absence, however, including having defeated the Pelicans in Game 1 by a score of 123-101 on Saturday, after previously eliminating the San Antonio Spurs. "If there's a minutes restriction, maybe we would consider bringing him off the bench for timing purposes, but at this point it's hard to say".

Regardless of if he is at 100% or not, his return should spell doom for the Pelican's chances at an upset in the series. "He needs to get his rhythm back". Draymond Green leads the team with 11.8 rebounds per game and is almost averaging a triple-double.

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"I would be very surprised if he didn't", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after Monday's practice. Golden State dominated Game 1 after a 35-34 quarter, en route to a 22-point victory. "If he does, we'll take him out, and we'll figure out when to play him, with whom and what the rotation would look like". Fortunately, they may not have to proceed without him any longer with his probable return for Game 2 of their series with the New Orleans Pelicans. It is more than him contesting Davis one-on-one defensively, it is Green's ability to help and recover on that side of the court that has Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry trying to formulate wrinkles within their re-jiggered offense. Klay Thompson scored a game-best 27 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Kevin Durant contributed 26 points and 15 boards. Now, it's a question of how much time we give him, and that's important.

And at the end of the day, just like it has to this point this offseason, the Dubs' championship hopes rest, in large part, on Thompson's ability to stay ready and contribute at a high level. The Warriors star might be listed at 6-9, but he's widely considered a 7-footer.

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