Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Warriors Ready To Close Out Series With New Orleans Pelicans

Warriors Ready To Close Out Series With New Orleans Pelicans

After getting blown out in Game 3, the Jazz needed to come out firing to level the series on Sunday but they were slow out of the gates and it cost them.

Holiday has been one of the best players for New Orleans in this series.

Houston took two wins from the lair of Utah and was one step away from the predictable duel with the "Golden State" for the National Basketball Association finals.

According to statistics gathered by The Athletic's Anthony Slater, the starters (AKA The Death Lineup) had an offensive rating of 130.1, a defensive rating of 66.5, a net rating of +63.6, and a plus-minus of +26 in 18 minutes together in Game 4. They're hoping Game 5 at Oracle Arena on Tuesday (May 8) will be the first step in overcoming yet another insurmountable obstacle. "But you have to believe in yourself".

Sometimes insomnia leads to good things as Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green showed team-mate Kevin Durant prior to Sunday's win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

When Kevin Durant decides to take over a game, there is no stopping him.

Game 4: The Warriors rolled out their best small starting lineup and jumped on the Pelicans from the get-go in a 118-92 triumph at the Smoothie King Center.

"We're not thinking about three games, we're thinking about winning one game", Gentry said. This is a simple game and I was making an inflammatory joke from a side of frustration and exaggeration.

From April 5 to April 10 - the final stretch of the regular season - the Warriors gave up 126 points to the Indiana Pacers, 126 points to the Pelicans and 119 points to the Utah Jazz, and lost all three games. Considering the Warriors have won 14 straight postseason games, Cook could see extended minutes if this game gets out of hand.

Warriors players and coaches, meanwhile, were nearly universally unaware that the unit Kerr so often turns to when it comes to closing games had never actually started one together.

He is coming off a big game in which he totaled 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in Houston's Game 4 victory and has this opportunity to get this huge albatross off his career reputation and is not taking anything for granted after his Los Angeles Clippers blew a 3-1 lead to the Rockets in 2015.

The Rockets have two veteran ball-handlers who can score and facilitate while Mitchell looks to find a shooting rhythm and scorers to help him put up points.

But it all starts with playing with that same type of belief once again.

"The guy has a triple-double nearly every night against us", Gentry said. The Warriors began the second half with a 19-10 run that pushed their lead to 16, and they never looked back. This fact makes each game a "win or go home" scenario for New Orleans.

Kawakami - the editor-in-chief of The Athletic - is the man who's been credited with creating the nickname and with the Oakland-based outfit set to roll this five out a lot more during the playoffs, we're likely to be hearing it quite often.

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