National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Warriors' Stephen Curry will start Game 3 vs. Pelicans

National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Warriors' Stephen Curry will start Game 3 vs. Pelicans

Quin Snyder walked into his news conference after Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals with a stoic look, slowly rubbing his forehead, barely if ever cracking anything that would resemble a smile.

The Curry effect - Though there are plenty of candidates, there is a very reasonable case to be made that Curry is the Warriors' most important player.

The Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in game three of the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs at the Smoothie King Center.

In Game 2 on Tuesday night, the Warriors didn't dispatch of the Pelicans easily.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr revealed in an interview on The Damon Bruce Show that not only was Curry returning, but it was Curry's decision to come off the bench to begin with.

The C's have enough to put up an epic fight, but ultimately, the Sixers will "raise the cat" as they win the series.

Over the past three years, a home team down 0-2 has covered the first half point spread at an unbelievable 28-3 clip.

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Somehow, Curry's shot over the outstretched arms found the bottom of the net, flipping the series as the Pelicans were trying to hold serve at home after losing the first two games in Oakland. With so many talented offensive players on the floor, the box score will inevitably make for great reading, with Curry, Durant, Thompson and Davis all capable of putting up huge points numbers, Rondo and Green dishing out double figure assists every night, and Holiday doing a little bit of everything. But Curry's return would be the difference, with him dropping 28 points in just 27 minutes of action. "It's the way they play anyway, but especially being down 2-0 and coming back to their fans".

In the first round in 2015, New Orleans had apparently emerged triumphant in Game 3.

"It's a familiar place, and we really feed off the crowd, especially last series", forward Darius Miller said of facing Portland in Round 1. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 112.5 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 46.2 percent shooting. As for the New Orleans Pelicans, this too has to be their mindset. Golden State, by contrast, attempted 29 free throws in Game 2 alone, hitting 22 of them.

Pelicans: Nikola Mirotic fouled out with 2:43 left after scoring 18 points.

The Warriors get a big boost by having Curry back and he's going to be back in the starting lineup for this one.

The over is 4-1 in the last five Warriors games following a straight up win. With the Pelicans on their home court, they will take the Warriors right down to the wire, and will be able to sneak home with a win to keep the series alive. Davis is going to have to carry the team on his back but playing at home, that should work in the Pelicans' favor. Take the points and New Orleans as they come up with a way to stay close once again.

"Oh yeah, yeah, yeah", Kerr said when asked if Curry will start. Just over half of the Warriors' games have finished over the projected point total. Some of that can be attributed to New Orleans missing more shots than Golden State - it's easier to grab defensive rebounds than offensive caroms - but the Pelicans might also benefit from extending more focus on tracking down long rebounds. Holiday played 47 minutes in Game 2 and that workload at the frenetic pace that the Pelicans like to play can burn guys out in a hurry. Unfortunately for the latter team, it ended with the same upshot.

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