Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 5-4-2018 - Expert Prediction

"It was tough", Davis said. "We didn't stick to the game plan", he said.

With Stephen Curry making his long-awaited return, the Golden State Warriors had all their stars in action Tuesday for the first time this postseason. However, the game doesn't begin until Curry hits his first three-point shot. This one will be in the balance until the final minutes, with New Orleans ultimately running out 123-120 winners.

New Orleans will certainly be hoping for a more favorable whistle after getting the short end of it at Oracle Arena. After Tuesday night's win, the Warriors have now beaten the Pelicans in 26 of their past 28 games.

Just the energy Curry brings helped that cause. "Of course, we wanted to get one up there, but I think the thing that we took out of it was: Game 1, we got punched in the mouth and Game 2 we came back and responded", Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis said.

Although Curry for his career only averages 6.8 assists per game his playmaking ability for his teammates with the ball in his hands can't be overstated.

He already had a history of brilliant returns from injuries.

"I live for playoff basketball".

Anthony Davis says he doesn't remember the shot, which can be translated to "I don't want to talk about it". He had a triple double, but his.400 shooting percentage was a playoff low this season, and he was 1 for 8 on 3-point attempts.

Green drove coast to coast for a three-point play 2:08 before halftime, then Thompson banked in a 3 at the halftime buzzer for a 58-55 Warriors edge at intermission. Unfortunately for Holiday, there isn't a human in the world who can stop Curry once he gets his shot going, and all he can do is make it as hard as possible. Nikola Mirotic added 18 points plus nine rebounds before fouling out while E'Twaun Moore had 14. The Pelicans scored 38 points in the paint the first two quarters. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. "We're playing the world champs and you have to play a damn-near flawless game to be able to win". Those games started at 7:00 Eastern, 7:00 Eastern, and 10:00 Eastern. Even at home, this doesn't seem like an ideal situation for the Pelicans as Golden State appears focused and with sights set on big goals. Home run king Barry Bonds sat courtside and congratulated Curry afterward. After coming into the playoffs huge underdogs (in terms of winning it all), second round projections show that their chances are now just below those of the favored Houston Rockets.

"His knee is fine", Kerr said.

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