Golden State Warriors Aim to Close Out Pelicans in Game 5

Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with Golden State bench

Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with Golden State bench

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However, after dropping Game 4 on their home court, the Pelicans have no more room for error. "I didn't see him attacking or being aggressive enough on both ends of the floor like we need him to be". Boston's young standout was brilliant in Game 3 with 24 points, and the Celtics were plus-24 when he was on the floor.

The New Orleans Pelicans are the latest team to find themselves down 3-1 in a series against the defending champs. Golden State is heavily favored to win this game: at -11.5.

Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, but the Pelicans hit only 36 percent (32 of 88) of their shots, missing 22 of 26 3-point attempts. "He wouldn't leave (Jrue Holiday's) body".

Chris Paul had 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

Green has been pretty reliable in this series, because he doesn't need points to have a strong fantasy night. "I think the biggest thing offensively is that we're all playmakers, try to look for the best shot, stay within ourselves and just make the right play". Still, head coach Steve Kerr's group looks like the overwhelming favorite in the series.

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Those concerns disappeared during the first round of the playoffs when the Warriors shut down the San Antonio Spurs, a slow, methodical team that operates its offense through the post.

That has always been their go-to lineup in critical situations and in Game 4, it looked up for the task as it registered an offensive rating of 130.1 and a defensive rating of 66.5 for a net rating of 63.6 - a great sign for Golden State's bid to repeat as champions.

The Utah Jazz don't have their starting point guard Ricky Rubio due to a hamstring injury, and Donovan Mitchell hasn't been efficient scoring from the field. The Pelicans also committed 19 turnovers, which led to 21 Warriors points.

Golden State's starting five on Sunday - some call it "The Death Lineup" because of how opponents tend to succumb against it, others prefer "Hamptons Five" because Curry, Thompson, Iguodala and Green were the players who went to the Hamptons two summers ago in an effort to lure Durant to the Warriors - was absolutely dominant. It might sound weird given their talent and experience, but Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green all started together for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

Rubio, who will miss Game 5, averaged 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the first round against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After getting blown out in Game 3, the Jazz needed to come out firing to level the series on Sunday but they were slow out of the gates and it cost them.

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