Friday, 16 November, 2018

Anthony Davis and the Pelicans confident about matching up with the Warriors

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When asked what he expected to see from Davis in this series, teammate Jrue Holiday responded with a confident answer. He's made a case this season to be considered the best player in the league, reinforced with an dominant performance against the Trail Blazers that saw him average 33 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 2.8 blocks and shoot 57.6 percent from the field across the four games.

Now the floor opens up for them this round with both teams ranked in the top five for tempo, and it is New Orleans who are the higher team as they lead the National Basketball Association in possessions per game. If the Warriors make short work of the Pelicans, it may tarnish their takedown of the Blazers and what Davis did to make that happen.

"It was tough. We were still learning when he was here", Davis said. "As I try to think about getting back not just into game shape, my normal minutes I usually play, but on top of that we're talking about the playoffs, the second round. We can't wait for him to get back whenever that is". "Then when he went down, we had to change everything again". His return would be a huge welcome for Golden State, which showed some vulnerabilities in his absence. While Cousins' injury sadly diminishes the ceiling outcome for this Pelicans team, their play in the first round shows that they can still be quite unsafe even without DeMarcus.

But, Davis was going up against three players who had above average game scores, including Curry, who had a Game Score of 24.0 to counter Davis' 25.1. With a highly-anticipated series such as this one, there isn't just a regular "five keys" to write about. Even Draymond Green, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, isn't a good match-up to guard Davis. They should at least push the Warriors to a competitive six or seven games.

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Curry resumed full practice with contact Thursday and his status was still unclear, though it certainly appears he will play soon. While the Pelicans have a coaching staff intimately familiar with the Warriors style in both Hornets head coach Alvin Gentry and associate head coach Darren Erman, who both served as assistants at Golden State, there is a difference in knowing how to stop the Warriors and executing that gameplan.

A day after he participated in his first contact practice since sustaining a Grade 2 sprained left MCL March 23 in a win over Atlanta, Curry went through a 5-on-5 scrimmage behind a big, blue curtain at Golden State's practice facility.

"He was a great guy to be around".

With Holiday, the question is can he keep this elite level play of going on what is now the biggest stage of his career. I've been doing the things that I've been doing. They play with great pace now.

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