Game 4 Preview: Warriors at Pelicans

05 May 2018, 01:29 | Kristine Mills

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It appeared as if the Warriors were primed for their customary 3rd quarter run, down single digits despite getting roundly outplayed in the first half.

Both Jrue Holiday and Kevin Durant had 11 points after the first.

Stephen Curry will never be the most talented or athletic Warrior player but what he will always be, is the catalyst for today's best National Basketball Association team and that, is something more valuable than anything you'll find in a basic box score. If it wasn't for a 20-point second quarter by Klay Thompson the hole would have been a lot deeper than six points for the Warriors at halftime. Davis is also pulling down 12 rebounds each game.

Draymond Green and Rajon Rondo were at it again, pushing and shoving each other after the whistle, but neither of them wanted to take the blame. The Warriors were one of the best teams in the league at defending the rim without fouling during the regular season and they've done an excellent job in this series as well. For the most part, though, New Orleans maintained its intensity without losing control of the game.

Altogether, the Pelicans shot 50 percent from the field, and they will be looking to carry that into Game 4 as they try to even the series up. Thompson hasn't missed a free throw since the playoffs began (Neither has Curry), and has been shooting 46.5% from the field. Davis led the way in terms of scoring with 33 points on 15-for-27 from the floor-but Rondo tallied 21 assists.

Nearly more impressively though for New Orleans, Rajon Rondo starred.

Pelicans: Mirotic finished with 16 points and E'Twaun Moore scored 13. Well, more specifically, the Pelicans figured things out.

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Curry's past has shown a renewed sense of energy and determination on the court upon return from injury. The deciding factor proved to be Golden State's was horrendous shooting. If New Orleans can get that kind of production from its core at home, a win could very likely be in the cards.

First, it was the New Orleans Pelicans, who rebounded in a big way to win their first game of the Western Conference semi-finals in convincing fashion. New Orleans has to develop something from their bench group as the starters can't continue to shoulder 80 plus percent of the scoring if they hope to hang with the Warriors. They at least managed to get it right for Thursday night, with Game 4 in each of those series, in the same cities - Pittsburgh and Winnipeg - starting at 7:00 and 9:30.

"That's his game", Rondo said of Green. When the series shifted to New Orleans for Game 3, the Pelicans' bench outclassed that of the Dubs, and the Pelicans won.

Did anyone, even Vegas oddsmakers, think the Pels would nail a franchise-record 14 3-pointers with four players hitting three 3s each?

They've soundly be at New Orleans household and off today, documenting 123-101 along with 121-116 successes.

The over/under points total is set as high as betting agencies are usually willing to go at 231.5 points, but this one should still go over.

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