Golden State Warriors Aim to Close Out Pelicans in Game 5

Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with Golden State bench

In 8:37 of playing time in the first half, Cook had eight points on 4-for-5 shooting. The rhythm of the series suggests that Game 5 will be a tight matchup after an uncompetitive loss in Game 4, but it looks like the Pelicans simply don't have the firepower to match up with a focused Golden State team.

New Orleans: Davis (26 + 12 rebounds), Moore (20), Holliday (19 + 7 rebounds).Golden state: Kevin Durant (38 + 9 rebounds + 5 assists), Curry (23), Thompson (13 + 7 rebounds).

The gambit worked: Durant exploded for 38 points, and the Dubs took a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 118-92 victory Sunday night.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who was Gentry's boss back in 2015, doesn't see the Pelicans' refusal to slow the pace as stubborn.

"Obviously, the lineup worked, but it's not about the lineup", Kerr asserted.

All due respect to Kerr, he might be overstating that one.

Although there'd be logic to slowing the game down to limit shooting opportunities for Golden State's prolific perimeter players, Gentry never saw that option as practical enough to pull off in the playoffs.

The Pelicans are used to having their backs against the wall.

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Curry said the key was getting the ball to their hottest player, Durant.

"The versatility of that lineup, everybody is a playmaker", Curry said. "We just can't afford to shoot that poorly".

But these National Basketball Association playoffs have seen some of those as well.

New Orleans put together a solid performance in Game 3 to get back in the series and it looked like they had some momentum. LeBron James is just so good though they may not have any chance to pull out a win. They haven't lost since.

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. "We've been in situations before. They took it to us, and the game was hard".

Toronto could use some of that comfort. If we're ascribing that status to Game 4 - as well you should - then he actually had a great game, which after an up-and-down (see: disengaged) regular season has become the norm this postseason. Ojeleye's role: Find a way to slow down Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He scored 10 points in those games, though none of that mattered much to the Celtics.

However, they could be without reserve point guard Dante Exum in Game 6 after he left Sunday's game in the third quarter with soreness in his left hamstring. The change of scenery didn't change things in Game 3, when the Warriors' advantage was 26-12.

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