It seems the prudent play would be to put Curry on a minutes restriction for Game 2 - whether those minutes come with first or second units doesn't matter - and let him acclimatize to the pace and physicality of the playoffs, then unleash him Friday in Game 3 in New Orleans. New Orleans was expected to give the Warriors some problems, but that wasn't the case in Game 1. The Warriors' big men did a very effective job of slowing down Davis, with the performance by Kevon Looney being the most noteworthy.
Is this sustainable? It is nearly surely is not, as Anthony Davis is simply too talented to be held in check like this consistently.
What is actually possibly sustainable and just as impressive is the defense played on Jrue Holiday in this game.
Will the Pelicans win this thing by playing fast?
He was held to only 11 points on 4-14 shooting in game one. He is one of the best shooters in the league, and he has the benefit of excellent stamina as well.
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The 77-year-old called on ministers to explain how the situation could have been allowed. Gran Trixie Gough, 76, from Norfolk, died in 2015 from breast cancer.
For the Pelicans, it shouldn't necessarily be back to the drawing board, but they will have to execute at a much higher rate and certainly limit those bad turnovers if they want to be successful in game two. The team's best defenders are their two guards, who are too small to stay in front of Durant.
"We've played well in this postseason without Steph, it hasn't been as easy as it looks but we've adjusted to life without him", Thompson said after top scoring in Game 1 against the Pelicans, as quoted on Sporting News.
Kevin Durant didn't even play his best game last night and still walked away with 26 points on almost 50% shooting. 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.
Yes, Curry is important and the Pelicans are a threat, but having the two-time MVP healthy for a potential Western Conference Finals series with the No. 1 seed Rockets is far more important. The other half of the "Splash Brothers" acknowledged that the point guard has saved the day on numerous occasions in the past, but is confident the team can beat the Pelicans even if he does not make his long awaited return from injury.