Game Four Tipoff: 12:30 p.m. Sunday on the Smoothie King Center. TV: ABC. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 “The Game” in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.Three in San Jose, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey.
Game 1: The Warriors shut down New Orleans after the primary quarter on their approach to a straightforward 123-101 victory with out Stephen Curry. Curry, who hasn’t performed since March 23, was declared out shortly earlier than gametime. As it turned out, Golden State actually didn’t want him because it stretched a 35-34 first-quarter result in 76-55 by halftime. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 27 factors, Kevin Durant had 26 and 12 rebounds and Draymond Green had 16 factors, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.
Game 2: Curry made his much-anticipated return and didn’t disappoint as he led the Warriors to a 121-116 victory at Oracle Arena. He performed 27:14 off the bench and scored 28 factors, together with going 5 for 10 on Three-pointers. With the Warriors trailing 19-11 and struggling offensively, Curry checked in with Four:20 remaining in the primary quarter and took 11 seconds to launch a Three-pointer. Of course, it went in. Curry scored eight in the quarter and added 4 in the second in 7:36 of motion. Curry performed the ultimate 7:22 of the third quarter and produced 13 factors, together with going 7 for 7 from the road. Curry capped his evening by hitting a Three-pointer with 1:47 left to present the Warriors their largest lead at 119-106. Durant overcame gradual begin and wound up with 29 factors.
Game Three: The Pelicans took management with a 30-19 third quarter and acquired themselves again in the collection with a 119-100 victory on the Smoothie King Center. After a first-half barrage of 10 Three-pointers, New Orleans abused Golden State inside in the third interval. Anthony Davis had 33 factors and 18 rebounds, with 14 factors coming in the third. Jrue Holiday had 21 factors and Rajon Rondo had 21 assists.
REMAINING SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 5: Tuesday at Golden State, 7:30 p.m., TNT
Game 6: Thursday at New Orleans, TBA, ESPN
Game 7: Monday at Golden State, TBA, TNT
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has put the emphasis on protection along with his beginning lineups throughout the postseason — till Friday evening. Instead of a variation of the small lineup he used to negate New Orleans’ perimeter recreation — that might have been the mixture of Andre Iguodala, Thompson, Green, Durant and Curry (changing Nick Young) — Kerr pulled a shock by beginning JaVale McGee at heart with Iguodala returning to his sixth man function. So what does Kerr do right this moment? The greatest guess can be Iguodala, Thompson, Green, Durant and Curry. But if Kerr desires one other big man on the market, how about Kevon Looney? He has carried out a commendable job on Davis in this collection coming off the bench.
BACK TO EARTH
One recreation after a spectacular return from a 5½-week absence, Curry seemed extraordinarily human in Game Three. He was solely 6 of 19 from the sector and three for 9 on Three-pointers in a 19-point efficiency. Defensively, he was a man the Pelicans abused, both going proper at him or simply liberating his man with a display screen.
TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE
New Orleans sealed the end result of Game Three with a powerful in third quarter — a technique normally utilized by the Warriors. The Pelicans outscored the Golden State 30-19 and held the Warriors to 25.zero % capturing and 1 for 7 on Three-pointers.
New Orleans was 10 for 16 in the primary half on Three-pointers. Three of these got here from reserve Solomon Hill on his first three photographs of the primary quarter. There had been actually no indications that such an onslaught was brewing. In the common season New Orleans was 13th in the NBA in Three-point capturing at 36.2 % and fourth in the postseason at 37.7 % (the Pelicans raised that mark to 38.9 % after Game Three). The Warriors, however, got here into the sport with a league-leading 31.zero % in Three-point protection in the postseason.
AN INSIDE JOB
In the second half, the Pelicans had been solely 2 for 10 from deep, however the mere risk of the Three-pointer helped open issues up inside. They scored 16 factors in the paint in the third quarter. Davis, who had 11 factors in the primary half, was capable of set up deeper postups in the important thing and scored 14 factors in the third. For the sport, the Pelicans scored 54 factors in the paint. They had 50 in Game 1 and 66 in Game 2. This is all par for the course: During the common season New Orleans led the league in factors in the paint with 52.Four per recreation.
HIS BEST LINEUP
For the primary time in the playoffs, Kerr was capable of make use of his simplest defensive lineup, the one which began lots of second quarters this season: Iguodala, Green, Thompson, Shaun Livingston and David West. That unit performed the primary Four:38 of the second quarter and outscored the Pelicans 14-11, with 9 of the factors coming from Thompson. That run minimize New Orleans’ 30-21 result in 41-35 and saved the Warriors inside placing distance.
The Warriors had solely 12 turnovers and allowed 10 offensive rebounds to the Pelicans in Game Three, which is a fairly good for them. However, the turnovers led to 19 factors, and the rebounds to 19 second-chance factors. That’s a complete of 38 “extra points.”
Thompson led the Warriors with 26 factors, however 20 got here in the second quarter. For the remainder of the sport, Thompson scored six factors on Three-for-12 capturing from the sector, zero for Three on Three-pointers and didn’t shoot a free throw in 24:22 of motion. But had it not been for Thompson, the Warriors would have been buried by halftime as a substitute of trailing solely 62-56.
MIROTIC FIGHTS BACK
After inconsequential performances in Games 1 and a couple of, Pelicans ahead Nikola Mirotic made an influence Friday evening. He had 14 factors, three Three-pointers and 7 rebounds in a spirited first-half efficiency that seemed extra just like the Mirotic who helped the Pelicans to that nice end in the common season and first-round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. For the evening, Mirotic had 16 factors and 13 rebounds, extra in line with the statistics he has amassed since shaving his beard a month in the past. Before the Pelicans’ April Four recreation in opposition to Memphis, Mirotic averaged 14.6 factors, 6.9 rebounds and was capturing 43.zero % from the ground and 36.5 % on Three-pointers. He confirmed up on the morning shootaround that day clean-shaven and has been on a tear ever since. He averaged 25.eight factors and 12.zero rebounds whereas capturing 56.Three % from the sector and 46.5 on Three-pointers over the ultimate 5 video games of the common season. In the playoffs, he’s averaging 16.6 factors, 9.7 rebounds and capturing 51.2 % general and 44.2 % on Three-pointers.
THE TO DO LISTS
Warriors: The acquainted successful components for Golden State has been to get out and defend, plus good participant motion and ball motion on offense. None of these items occurred in Game Three.
Pelicans: The function gamers have to stay on a roll. Davis, Holiday and Rondo want the supporting forged of E’Twaun Moore, Mirotic, Ian Clark and Hill to ship once more.
The winner of this collection will advance to the Western Conference finals in opposition to the winner of the collection between No. 1 Houston and No. 5 Utah. On Friday evening, the Rockets regained homecourt benefit with a 113-92 victory in Game Three at Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Utah’s Joe Ingles hit a Three-pointer to open the sport, then it was downhill from there for the Jazz. Houston scored the subsequent 10 factors (Four-for-Four capturing) and 19 of the subsequent 21 (7-for-10 capturing) to guide 19-5 simply earlier than halfway by the primary interval. Utah harm itself with 5 turnovers in that stretch. The Rockets led 39-22 after one quarter and 70-40 at halftime. James Harden and Eric Gordon every had 25 factors and Harden added 12 assists. Utah was once more with out level guard Ricky Rubio, who suffered a left hamstring harm in the finale of the first-round collection in opposition to Oklahoma City. He has been upgraded to questionable for Game Four, which is tonight in Salt Lake City (5 p.m. on TNT).
LOOKING WAY AHEAD
The Warriors are closing in on homecourt benefit in the NBA Finals — in the event that they get that far. And it’s all due to their nemesis, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who’re about to eradicate the Toronto Raptors. Cleveland received the primary two video games on the highway, then on Saturday received Game Three 105-103 on LeBron James’ driving, floating, one-handed, 12-foot financial institution shot on the buzzer. The Raptors (59-23) had been the one workforce in the Eastern Conference with a greater regular-season report than the Warriors (58-24). Golden State would maintain homecourt over Boston (55-27), Philadelphia (52-30) and Cleveland (50-32). The closeout Game Four of the Toronto-Cleveland collection will likely be Monday at Quicken Loans Arena (5:30 p.m. on TNT).