Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Warriors, Rockets on course for West Finals

Warriors, Rockets on course for West Finals

The Golden State Warriors cruised to a 3-1 lead in their second-round series with the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday afternoon.

The Pelicans will want to play as they did in Game 3 where they showed that they can stand toe-to-toe against the Warriors using their brand of basketball.

The Warriors gave up 119 points in Game 3 and lost. To extend the series, they should look to slow the game down and dominate the paint once more. They've overcome more adversity than any team remaining in the playoffs. It's good to know that teammates got your back.

However, after dropping Game 4 on their home court, the Pelicans have no more room for error.

"Just keep the game simple at that point because he's such a great scorer, you don't have to really overthink things".

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The Warriors messed around a bit in Game 3 with a starting lineup that didn't make much sense. The Pelicans are hitting 78.5 percent at the line as a team so far. The Pelicans won the rebounding battle but turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 21 Golden State points.

Pelicans star Anthony Davis put up 26 points and 12 rebounds and was a flawless 10 for 10 from the free-throw line.

While the Pelicans were still very much in the game when they fell behind 14-4 on Sunday, you could tell from the intensity that Golden State brought that this would be no walk in the park for New Orleans. To counter New Orleans' fast pace and copious amounts of Davis, Kerr saw little alternative than to go smaller and start with his best lineup. If Kerr sticks with this talented lineup to start, expect the Warriors to try and put New Orleans away early in Game 5. Guests do not have the usual effectiveness on the three-point arc (10 of 38), but even that was enough, so no problem for the third time to deal with "jazz".

It might be a surprise, though, that the Warriors did not succeed with the lineup this season. But it's Durant who shined brightest, dropping 38 points on 15-of-27 shooting.

Conference semifinals, 2010, Boston vs. Philadelphia: Boston wins the first two games at home, then goes into Philadelphia to capture Game 3 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Whether Moore can follow up on that showing is important, but the Pelicans' chances depend on Davis and Jrue Holiday's ability to outplay all of the Warriors' stars. He has shot 50 percent or better in all three games of this series, averaging 22.0 points and 8.3 assists while making ten of 20 from beyond the arc. Take New Orleans at + 11.5.

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