If you thought the task was tough before, it only gets harder for Game 2 with Steph Curry now listed as probable and ready to make his playoff debut. But for the Pelicans, it's what they've been planning for all along, so there won't be any huge changes.
"They are who they are, and they're going to play great," says Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry. "It doesn't matter who they have in the lineup. Obviously, adding Steph back to the mix makes them that much more potent offensively and gives them more of a spread situation on the floor. But we've dealt with Steph before. We know exactly what he is. He's a great player that can shoot the ball with unlimited range and a very unselfish player and good play-maker."
Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr said Curry completed a scrimmage on Sunday with no setbacks.
"He came out well and feeling good today," says Kerr. "He went through the whole practice. I'd be very surprised if he didn't play, but we've got to take caution. We'll wait until tomorrow and see how he's feeling."
But make no mistake, despite how easily Golden State won Game 1, they want Steph back as soon as possible as long as he's feeling good enough to go.
"He needs rhythm," says Kerr. "The only factor in terms of allowing him to play is his health. And he's ready to go. He's been cleared. Now it's a matter of rhythm and how much time we give him. And that's important. He needs to get his groove back."
But that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Following stretches of the season where he's missed multiple games, in the games he's returned to action, he averages more than 30 points per outing. And in career 26 career match-ups against New Orleans, Curry averages 25.1 points per game, the fifth-highest for him among all NBA opponents. For the Pelicans.. that means there's even less room for error.
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