OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors could have beaten the New Orleans Pelicans by 21 points on Saturday night, but the pace of the road crew has taken much away from the defending champions.
"Man, it was tiring," said Klay Thompson, having scored a 27-point game in a 123-101 game 1 second-round victory. "The Spurs, they are a bit older, so they play a bit more methodical, they try to beat us in the half and low blocks, this team is just like us, it's like, you make a bucket, you can not You have to fight back, find a shooter and they are driving the pace, it's a whole different ball game. "
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After plying the pelicans in the second round playoff series opener on Saturday, The Warriors seem ready to welcome two-time MVP Steph Curry in Game 2 on Tuesday.
New Orleans ran up the ball in the square. Thompson, who is considered to be the most conditioned athlete in the league, joked during the game with Draymond Green about how tiring it is to play against the pelicans.
"Klay looked at me on the bench and said," Man, Draymond. "I became more tired tonight than any game against the Spurs," Green said laughing. It's a different pace. They really hit the ball, as he said, and yet, as long as we get back into the transition and do not give up on simple things, I think that plays in our hands.
Saturday's game was played at 105.96 per 48 minutes, according to NBA Advanced Stats, and for the context the pelicans led the league in the regular season at 102.73, with the Warriors finishing fifth with 101.85 The Spurs, Golden State's first-round opponent, ranked 29th at 97.16, none of the five Golden State games against San Antonio had a speed higher than 98.12 (Game 1).
Most Teams are not trying to come down with the Warriors, and NBA circles believe it is virtually impossible to defeat them in their own game.
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said he missed the course
"We're still going to play at a fast pace and we'll do a better job of splitting the ground," Gentry said. "We're going to be better defensive, though we have no breakdowns.
"We will not go back and change everything we've done, we're not going to put the ball on the pitch all of a sudden and try to play slowly, you know, what we have to do is we have AD [Anthony Davis] from the standpoint of even the double teams, we need to bring him to the ground and get a place, and we need to improve the shot selection, then we have to do a more defensive job. "
The Warriors broke the game in the second Quarter and produced 41 points, while they held the Pelicans at 21 out of 7 of 23 points.
Davis, who scored 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in a loser, said his team had not lost hope. He also agreed with Gentry's attitude to keep the matchup on track.
"We are very confident, man," he said. "It's a game, you win at 40, you win at one, you win at 90, it's a game, it's still the best of seven, so it's up to us to learn from what we messed up tonight, prepare for Game 2. We know we're a much better team than what we showed defensively tonight. that we last played here, so we have to come out with a different mindset, are proud of our defense and try to come out and run. "
Game 2 is Tuesday and Stephen Curry is expected He will make his debut after the season, having dropped out of 2nd class in the past five weeks due to a left knee sprain. If he is in the lineup, the pace of the warriors could increase significantly.
No matter what staff the warriors have on the ground, they have believed that they will be ready for anything the pelicans throw on their way.
"We know that this team is fast and has many points and there are people who can go and score goals 30, 40 points, so we just have to be prepared for that," said Kevin Durant San Antonio Series has definitely helped us stay in possession of any ball because they let you pay, and the same goes for this team. "
ESPN's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.