Game 4 Tipoff: 12:30 pm Sunday at the Smoothie King Center. TV: ABC. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 "The Game" in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.3 in San Jose, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey
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Game 1: The Warriors have stalled New Orleans after the first quarter on their way to a mild 123-101 victory without Stephen Curry. Curry, who has not played since March 23, was fired shortly before the season. As it turned out, Golden State really did not need him, as he stretched to 76:55 at half-time in the first quarter with a lead of 35:34. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 27 points, Kevin Durant with 26 and 1
Game 2: Curry made his eagerly awaited return and did not disappoint when he led the warriors to a 121-116 win at the Oracle Arena. He played 27:14 from the bench and scored 28 points, including 5 for 10 on 3-pointers. While the Warriors fought 19-11 and fought aggressively, Curry checked in 4:20 in the first quarter and took 11 seconds to start a 3-pointer. Of course it went in. Curry scored eight in the quarter and added four to the action in the second of 7:36. Curry played the final 7:22 of the third quarter and produced 13 points, including 7 for 7 going off the line. Curry ended his night by beating a 3-pointer 1:47 to the left to give the Warriors the biggest lead at 119-106. Durant overcame the slow start and landed 29 points
Game 3: The pelicans took control with a third-third and returned to the series with a 119-100 win in the Smoothie King Center. After a first half flood of 10 threes, New Orleans abused the Golden State in the third period. Anthony Davis had 33 points and 18 rebounds, with 14 points in the third. Jrue Holiday had 21 points and Rajon Rondo had 21 assists.
REMAINING SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 5: Tuesday at Golden State, 7:30 pm, TNT
Game 6: Thursday at New Orleans, TBA, ESPN
Game 7: Monday at Golden State, TBA, TNT
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has set the defensive with his starting lines in the postseason – until Friday. Instead of a variation of the small line-up he denied the New Orleans Perimeter Game – that would have been the combination of Andre Iguodala, Thompson, Green, Durant, and Curry (instead of Nick Young) – Kerr drew a surprise by calling JaVale McGee started center with Iguodala returning to his sixth man role. What is Kerr doing today? The best bet would be Iguodala, Thompson, Green, Durant and Curry. But if Kerr wants another big man out there, how about Kevon Looney? He has done a meritorious work on Davis in this series from the bank.
RETURN TO THE EARTH
A game after a spectacular return from a 5½-week absence, Curry looked extremely human in Game 3. He was only 6 of 19 out of the field and 3 for 9 on 3-pointers in a 19-point performance. Defensively he was a guy that the pelicans abused, either to approach him directly or to free his man with a screen.
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TASTE OF OUR OWN MEDICINE
New Orleans sealed the outcome of Game 3 with an impressive third quarter – a method normally used by warriors. The Pelicans outperformed the Golden State 30-19 and held the Warriors at 25.0 percent and 1 for 7 at 3-pointers.
New Orleans was 10 for 16 in the first half on a 3-pointer. Three of them came from Reserve Solomon Hill on his first three shots of the first quarter. There was really no sign that such a rush was brewing. In the regular season, New Orleans finished 13th in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 36.2 percent and fourth in the postseason at 37.7 percent (the pelicans raised that mark to 38.9 percent after Game 3). The Warriors, however, came into the game with a league-leading 31.0 percent in 3-point defense in the postseason.
AT INSIDE JOB
In the second half, the pelicans were only 2-in-10 from deep, but the mere threat with the 3-pointer helped to open things in. They scored 16 points in the color in the third quarter. Davis, who had 11 points in the first half, was able to post deeper post-ups in the final, scoring 14 points in the third round. For the game, the pelicans scored 54 points in the color. They had 50 in Game 1 and 66 in Game 2. This is all par for the course: During the regular season, New Orleans led the league in color with 52.4 per game.
HIS BEST LINEUP
For the first time in the playoffs, Kerr was able to use his most effective defensive lineup, which started a series of second quarters this season: Iguodala, Green, Thompson, Shaun Livingston and David West. This unit played the first 4:38 of the second quarter, outperforming the Pelicans 14-11, with nine of the points coming from Thompson. This run cut New Orleans 30-21 to 41-35 and kept the Warriors within striking distance.
The Warriors only had 12 turnovers and allowed 10 offensive rebounds to the pelicans in Game 3, which is a pretty good one for them. However, the sales led to 19 points and the jump to 19 points of the second chance. That's a total of 38 "extra points".
Thompson led the Warriors with 26 points, but 20 came in the second quarter. For the rest of the game, Thompson scored six points to shoot 3 for 12 out of the field, 0 for 3 on 3-pointers and not a free-throw in 24:22 of the action. But if Thompson had not been, the Warriors would have been buried at half-time rather than just 62-56.
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MIROTIC FIGHTS BACK
After inconsistent appearances in games 1 and 2, Pelikan striker Nikola Mirotic struck on Friday night. He had 14 points, three 3-pointers and seven rebounds in a spirited first half that looked more like the Mirotic, which helped the pelicans to this great finish in the regular season and the first round of the Portland Trail Blazers. For the night, Mirotic had 16 points and 13 rebounds, more in line with the statistics he has collected since shaving his beard a month ago. Prior to the pelicans' April 4 playoff against Memphis, Mirotic scored an average of 14.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, scoring 43.0 percent off the ground and 36.5 percent on 3-pointers. He appeared at the Shootround in the morning and has been shaved ever since. He averaged 25.8 points and 12.0 rebounds, while 56.3 percent from the field and 46.5 to shoot 3-pointers over the last five games of the regular season. In the playoffs he averaged 16.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 51.2 percent total shootings and 44.2 percent on 3-pointers
THE TO LISTS
Warriors: The familiar win formula for Golden State got out and defended, plus good player movement and ball movement on attack. None of these things happened in Game 3.
Pelicans: The role that players need to stay on the roll. Davis, Holiday and Rondo need the supporting cast of E & # 26; Twaun Moore, Mirotic, Ian Clark and Hill to deliver again.
The winner of this series will be the finalist of the Western Conference against the winner of the series between No. 1 Houston and No. 5 Utah. On Friday night, the Rockets celebrated a home win with a 113-92 win in Game 3 at the Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Utah's Joe Ingles hit a 3-pointer to open the game, then it was downhill for jazz. Houston scored the next 10 points (4-for-4) and 19 of the next 21 (7-for-10) to score 19-5 just before the middle of the first period. Utah injured itself with five turnovers in this stretch. The Rockets led 39-22 after a quarter and 70-40 at halftime. James Harden and Eric Gordon each had 25 points and Harden 12 assists. Utah was again without point guard Ricky Rubio, who suffered a thigh injury on the left thigh in the final round of the preliminary round against Oklahoma City. He was questioned for Game 4, which will be played tonight in Salt Lake City (5pm on TNT).
The Warriors are approaching home field advantage in the NBA Finals – if they get that far. And it's all thanks to their archenemy, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are about to eliminate the Toronto Raptors. Cleveland won the first two games on the road, then on Saturday won Game 3 105-103 on LeBron James driving, floating, one-handed, 12-foot bench shot on the buzzer. The Raptors (59-23) were the only team in the Eastern Conference with a better season record than the Warriors (58-24). Golden State would hold Homecourt via Boston (55-27), Philadelphia (52-30) and Cleveland (50-32). The sold-out Toronto Cleveland Series 4 game will be at the Quicken Loans Arena on Monday (17:30 on TNT).