Pelicans set to tip off against defending champion Warriors on Saturday night

The Warriors were extremely gracious to the Spurs, whom they respect. That said, former teammate and current coach of the Warriors Steve Kerr gave Ginobili a simple reason to stay with the game. They took care of business.

For weeks ahead of the playoffs, the Warriors hardly looked like the super team that dominated through last year's postseason. The undermanned Spurs needed to fight hard to win this game, and their sound team defense allowed them to stick around for a Game 5.

Golden State has endured barely a blip so far, losing only Game 4 of its first-round series against San Antonio before closing out the Spurs with Tuesday night's 99-91 victory.

It's wonderful how times change.

The Warriors assisted on 16 out of their 20 made field goals in the first half, and were also leading the Spurs in fast break points 10-0 at the half. Green finished 17 points, 19 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Both teams were still shooting poorly from downtown, though, as both squads were shooting less than 25% through the third quarter. Fourth-year forward Kyle Anderson, who was third on the team in total minutes this year, is a free agent.

The San Antonio Spurs season came to an end on Tuesday when the Golden State Warriors eliminated them from the National Basketball Association playoffs, winning the series 4-1. Sports Media Watch reported the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs is scheduled to start Monday, April 29, but could be moved up to April 28 or 29 fitting with the speculated timeline for a potential Warriors-Pelicans series.

The Warriors are being understandably cautious with Curry. And this new system that's in place with Curry on the sidelines?

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The Warriors will now shift their focus to the second round of the NBA Playoffs where they'll take on the New Orleans Pelicans, who completed a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Warriors are an 11.5-point favorite on the spread line. And that kind of offensive firepower could well be necessary in the next round.

Perhaps it's all undue concern - the Pelicans want to play the way the Warriors want to play: at a breakneck pace. Overall. the Spurs averaged 96.8 points in the series.

Durant said he wasn't all that concerned about his 3-point shooting woes.

A dark cloud hung over the AT&T Center for Game 3 after the tragic passing of Erin Popovich. The Warriors have more pressing issues.

The five-time All-Star point guard will be evaluated Friday (April 27) for an medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee that has caused him to miss the past 15 games.

The over is 4-0-1 in the last five Warriors home games. "But if I get half of that, I'll be happy".

  • Julie Sanders