Curry out of Game One, but 'very likely' for Game Two

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The two home playoff games against the Trailblazers were a sea of red. As if the Warriors didn't have enough talent already. Klay Thompson maintained his offensive efficiency (27 points on 10-of-22 shooting and 4-of-9 from 3-point range).

The game stayed close in the first quarter, which ended with Golden State up only 35-34, but what some thought would be a shootout into the triple-digits turned into a show of force. It played right into the Warriors' hands, and they looked like a team that had been freed from San Antonio's defensive prison. "So", Pelton concludes, "while there is some predictive value to how well a team performed in the previous series, for the most part surprising success does not carry over". The Warriors beat the Spurs 4-1 in its first-round playoff series. Jrue Holiday chipped in 41 points plus eight assists, E'Twaun Moore added 14 and Nikola Mirotic had 10 points plus 11 rebounds. When he missed a shot, sometimes he drooped his shoulders and trudged back on defense with his head down. They made Portland look bad.

Davis' counterpart, Draymond Green, had a monster game. After all, it seemed like all we ever heard from the national media was how All-Star Anthony Davis was eventually going to leave one way or another, taking his talents to Bean Town or the Windy City. He got his first real taste of an National Basketball Association season when the Green Wave reached the College World Series in 2005.

Curry played 51 games this season and averaged 26.5 points and 6.1 assists while shooting 42.3 percent from three. Following that game seven, the Rockets host the Jazz in game one of the Western Conference semi-finals. The Warriors were far and away better than the Pelicans and it's that simple. The Warriors have no answer for Davis, who is the best big man in the league. The team is playing without Steph Curry, which is becoming less and less impressive by the minute. "It gives you a great gauge as to where your franchise is, and where your team is, and where you need to get to really". "You can't make it up as you go along, because they're going to take advantage of you". "But there's always a balance", Kerr said.

Even without its best player, Golden State rolled New Orleans in the opening game of what could be a very short second-round series. Rondo, meanwhile, leads all players in the playoffs with 13.3 assists per game.

What was Curry's case? Curry had reportedly told Kerr that he felt great, but Kerr still opted to play it safe with his star point guard. I do expect Lob City to return in a big way in this series.

"We have to protect him from himself and his own competitive desire, " Kerr said. The decision came down to the fact that Curry has only played one 5-on-5 contact scrimmage since he sprained his left MCL in a March 23 win over Atlanta.

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