A 40-point game by Stephen Curry on Thursday has head coach Steve Kerr all smiles going into Saturday’s Game 4 against the Pelicans.
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The Golden State Warriors take their 3-0 record the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 4 of the First Round of the NBA Playoffs with a chance to sweep the series.
The Warriors are riding high on the stellar playoff play of G Stephen Curry, who recorded an incredible 40-point performance against the Pelicans in Game 3 en route to a 123-119 overtime victory. Fellow G Klay Thompson got his money’s worth in the game as well, putting up 28 points. But it was F Draymond Green who team in the game with an other-worldly 17 rebounds – 10 of which were on defense – along with 12 more points to keep Golden State undefeated in the series.
The Pelicans played arguably their best first three quarters of a game this series, outscoring the Warriors in each of the first three quarters: 26-25 in the first, 37-27 in the second and 26-17 in the third. But despite a Herculean effort by the Pelicans, including a 29-point double-double by star F Anthony Davis and another 26 by Ryan Anderson, the Pelicans ultimately were forced into ovetime by Golden State after being outscored 39-19 points in the 4th quarter. In OT the Pelicans continued to struggle with their three-point shots and were outscored 15-11 to lose the game.
The Achilles heel of the Pelicans in Game 3 was their inability to record offensive rebounds, getting back just 13 versus Golden State’s 22. The Pelicans were much more accurate on their FG shots, making 51% of their shots to Golden State’s 40%, but it was not enough for them to overcome the great day that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were apparently destined to share.
Prediction: Golden State Warriors win Game 4, sweep series – Originally it looked like the Pelicans would find at least one opportunity to steal a win from the Warriors and avoid the sweep, but after squandering their chance to win in Game 3, it looks like the Warriors will finally put the Pelicans out of their misery and out of the playoffs for good.