The Pelicans went 1-3 against the Warriors this season, but the lone win came in their most recent matchup in April.
If he still isn't back by Game 2, that lengthy hiatus between Games 2 and 3 would nearly definitely give Curry the extra time he needs to get into game shape and go through more contact practices.
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After missing 16 of the last 17 games of the regular season and the first five games of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, a former back-to-back MVP may finally return to the court for the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. While Dejounte Murray and Danny Green both did admirable jobs in trying to guard Thompson, no guard in the National Basketball Association has been more locked in on the defensive end in these playoffs than Jrue Holiday. Facing Lillard and McCollum is like a warm-up act before trying to deal with Curry and Thompson, and while Clark can spell him, Holiday's defense will impact this series more than his offense.
The Golden State Warriors arguably underperformed in their opening round series.
Golden State looked every bit the champions they are in disposing of San Antonio, the only reason that series was extended to five games is the championship-caliber pride of the Spurs franchise. If Curry plays, the Warriors should shoot far better than their poor 33.6% mark from long range against the Spurs. New Orleans pushed the pace and won a 126-120 shootout against a slumping Warriors side that was without Curry at the time. But, given their dominance in the first round, they're playing freely and are extremely risky at the moment.
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While Davis hasn't stacked up playoff wins early during his early 20s the way stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant have in the past, he owns the most important trait all superstars must possess: a lack of fear when adversity presents itself. Both of them were almost unstoppable in the first round, and both are also major factors on the defensive end. But that's not enough for big man Anthony Davis.
The Warriors are limited in their options in terms of keeping Davis in check. David West is too slow, and Draymond Green is too small.
New Orleans also has the benefit of Rajon Rondo's presence. That could prove hard against the red-hot backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday. But, Curry participated fully in Golden State's practice Friday, according to multiple reports. The Warriors will have a hard task on their hands in trying to lock down Davis, but the Pelicans will be hard-pressed to keep up their hot streak from their series against Portland after almost a week off.
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Final Prediction: The Golden State Warriors defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 4-1 to advance to the second round.
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