Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from Game 4 vs. Pelicans

Tonya Becker
May 9, 2018

While NBA media and professional oddsmakers have already penciled the Golden State Warriors into the Western Conference Finals, New Orleans believes it can avoid a coronation on Tuesday night.

The Warriors lost by 19 in Game 3 Friday and the Pelicans were looking to even the series. Not only did the Warriors cruise to a blowout 118-92 victory in that game 4, but Durant scored 38 points in 36 minutes.

When the nickname was used by a reporter during his post-game press conference, it prompted a brilliant response from coach Kerr. "Whether it's as the starting group or extra minutes, and obviously the lineup worked".

All due respect to Kerr, he might be overstating that one.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Each time, the Pelicans bounced back and found a way to rediscover their winning ways, despite improbable circumstances.

"It's another game where we get to play", Jrue Holiday said.

"The versatility of that lineup, everybody is a playmaker", Curry said. "And so we have multiple options and just look for the best shot on every possession". LeBron James is just so good though they may not have any chance to pull out a win. Our message is we have won there and it's going to be a hard, hard thing to do, but we've got to go there with the understanding that we're going to play and give everything that we have. "We've been in situations before". The Pelicans surely won't lay over and die, though, so the defending champs can't take them lightly and expect a cakewalk.

Toronto could use some of that comfort. "We didn't bring the necessary force in Game 3, we were threatened on the road, and our guys brought it and set a tone early". "After five weeks, the adrenaline rush is insane the first game". Ojeleye's role: Find a way to slow down Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Golden State has seen the under go 6-1 in their last seven on Tuesday and 12-5 in their last 17 on one day of rest. By unleashing Durant in Game 4, however, Golden State sharpened a weapon they may have to break out later on when their preferred offensive approach isn't working.

Golden State have averaged 117.6 points during their 14-game run and outscored opponents by 15.9 points per game.

"He did a great job", Antetokounmpo said, tipping his cap to Ojeleye.

"Our defense was so bad in IN and in Utah", Kerr said. It's not about the names, he insists.

Iguodala is a master of things like preemptive defensive positioning, pace setting, and energy control - he's a coach on the floor whose presence is particularly necessary when the Warriors play Green at center.

But this time, after the results on Sunday, Kerr isn't holding his cards to his chest.

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