Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

New Orelans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors: Lineups, preview & prediction 5/8/18

New Orelans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors: Lineups, preview & prediction 5/8/18

"They'd all kind of look at me".

New Orleans put together a solid performance in Game 3 to get back in the series and it looked like they had some momentum.

The Warriors have always had a keen understanding of just how unsafe their small lineup can be. Sometimes Kerr's hands are tied based on the matchups. "They came up with some good early stops, which allowed them an opportunity to run". They got blown out in Game 5, wasted a 19-point second-half lead in a loss in Los Angeles in Game 6, then fell in Game 7 at Houston. As it turned out, Golden State really didn't need him as it stretched a 35-34 first-quarter lead to 76-55 by halftime. I just pray that he gets the help that he needs.

It didn't require much in the way of pep talks or reminders of what he needed from his stars.

It's become a bit of a running joke around the Warriors that Kerr won't reveal his starting lineups until he absolutely has to, no matter how many times he is asked.

"Our defense was so bad in IN and in Utah", Kerr said. "They already know. They're superstars".

The Boston Celtics have a chance to close the series out on Monday, but the Philadelphia 76ers have been in each of the last two games, they were just unable to close it out late.

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Kerr didn't want to acknowledge the nickname. He's missed the entire series with a strained left hamstring, but was listed as questionable before Sunday's game and could be well enough to play on Tuesday.

The Warriors are now just one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals, and Green's text to Durant seems to be a huge reason why. He also played his usual stellar defense and made good decisions when he had the basketball.

"I know it sounds insane because you think everybody's going to bring the force every playoff game", says Kerr. Kerr even went as far comparing the group to a certain lineup he witnessed firsthand as a player on the Chicago Bulls in the late-90s.

The same mentality will be required Tuesday night.

The Pelicans are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games. Curry, Thompson and Durant rounded out the starting five. Because they know what's on the horizon. The Pelicans surely won't lay over and die, though, so the defending champs can't take them lightly and expect a cakewalk. Guys have been there before.

"It's the process man", he said. But this should show that A. death threats over sports aren't appropriate or amusing, B. attempts to reference cities' gun violence rates probably aren't amusing, and C. some comedians should be a little more careful with what they're cracking jokes about.

"After we lost Boogie, we became the No. 1 team in pace and we're going to continue to be that same team", Pelicans veteran small forward Solomon Hill said.

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