In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Golden State is 19-5 and New Orleans is 13-2. We've got to win one game and then we can reassess the situation and our goals, and then we'll go from there. It was the most he scored in a game since a 30-point effort in a 123-95 home win over the Grizzlies on April 4. "The plan was to get that, so we wouldn't be a one-dimensional team". "We just can't afford to shoot that poorly".
The Warriors messed around a bit in Game 3 with a starting lineup that didn't make much sense.
It's the group that needed every bit of what Durant provided in The Finals a year ago, when he outshined Cleveland's LeBron James to help the Warriors win that series in five games, collecting his first title and Finals MVP hardware.
It seems especially evident when one of them is coming off a relatively lackluster performance, as Kevin Durant was after game 3.
Pelicans star Anthony Davis put up 26 points and 12 rebounds and was a flawless 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. NBA.com charted them as being on the floor together for 18 minutes, during which they outscored the Pelicans 52-26.
"He can go 1-for-12 from three in the next game".
But Cousins is not expected back on the court until after next season begins. Even in the blowout on Sunday, we saw Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis each play 40 minutes. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 110.8 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. They also have a point guard in Rajon Rondo who thrives when pushing the pace and quickly identifying favorable matchups in transition, or early in possessions.
"He has an understanding that not many people have about the game of basketball", Green said of Iguodala Sunday. "For us to change with all the chips on the table would basically be defeating the goal". "I don't care how good your defence is".
"If we had Boogie out there, it would be different".
"We all think stupid thoughts", Kerr added. "The way we feel like we can compete at the highest level is to continue to be who we are". The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last 10 road games.
It might be a surprise, though, that the Warriors did not succeed with the lineup this season.
But because of this off night, coach Steve Kerr made some necessary adjustments, and the team returned to form in game four. "He's a team-first guy and you can't do nothing but respect that".