Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Curry leads Warriors romp past Pelicans

Curry leads Warriors romp past Pelicans

"He said you get out of the way".

"They have made it known that their team is built to beat us", said Green, according to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated.

"Every series you play gets harder and harder and harder", Stephen Curry said, referencing Kerr's remarks about how hard it is.

"He had a look in his eyes. If he has that look in his eyes. he's a problem".

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) grabs a rebound in the first quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. And just for good measure, both teams will have five days of rest before the series starts on Monday. The point guard has been panned for failing to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the postseason. He was also sidelined for the first 13 games of the season following core muscle surgery.

Until this breakthrough, he had played in more playoff games than any player in league history without reaching this point (86).

The Warriors weren't playing for anything then, assured of the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. The future is bright for a New Orleans group that registered a first-round series sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers and is buoyed by the reality that, at 25, Davis appears to be entering his prime.

It's the only blip on an otherwise flawless four-year postseason resume for the Warriors: A Game 7 loss to Cleveland in 2016, which soured a potential 3-peat that would have placed Golden State alongside only the Celtics, Bulls and Lakers in the annals of National Basketball Association history.

The Rockets were able to close out the series despite Harden, the front-runner for MVP, being under the weather.

"It's just fun", Paul said.

"Whatever it took to win", Paul said. "We're going to need him to continue to be aggressive and we'll live with anything after that".

The three Warriors-Rockets games were about as anticipated as any in the regular season: Golden State lost two of the three, and the final combined score of those matchups was Warriors 353, Rockets 352. "They're going to be a tough matchup". He played 37 minutes in the clincher and the entire fourth quarter.

After being restricted to a three-point lead at half-time, the Warriors outscored the Pelicans by 36-19 in the third quarter, giving them a 20-point cushion heading into the fourth.

"We just advanced in another series which is an accomplishment, but that's not our main goal", Trevor Ariza said. "We'll see who better".

Harden loves that he has so many players around him that have led to the team's success this season and thinks that will be valuable moving forward. "Zaza Pachulia should go down and complain to Mike and say, 'You ruined my career, Mike.' But honestly, like when Mike chose to go small in Phoenix, whatever that was, 2004, 2005, and make [Amare] Stoudemire his center, it started this chain reaction, and it's one of the reasons the game is just small and fast and open, and the big guys have to be very specialized, and they have to be versatile".

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