Steve Kerr expands on fitness for Pelicans playoff series

Steve Kerr expands on fitness for Pelicans playoff series

Season series: Warriors, 3-1.

Key Matchup: Warriors forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green vs. the Pelicans' Davis and guard Rajon Rondo.

Fresh off a 99-91 win over the San Antonio Spurs to end the previous round, the Warriors will attempt to hold it down for Oakland at Oracle Arena against the likes of The Brow.

"We're excited. I know he's very eager to play", said Klay Thompson. Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, started in the first round in his place while Quinn Cook handled point guard duties late in the regular season with Curry out. "And we've been in every game that we lost, so we know that we're a good matchup against these guys and we've got a lot of confidence in ourselves", Davis told Nick Friedell of ESPN.

Phase II of the Warriors' attempt to repeat as National Basketball Association champions gets under way Saturday night, when they face the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals at Oracle Arena.

Their optimism is largely based upon just how dominant Davis was in that series. Thompson put up 22.3 points per game and shot 52.9 percent from the field, while Green almost averaged a triple-double with 11.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and eight assists per game.




"What happened last series", Holiday said.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry sees the big picture and is just happy to be in the second round. Like Davis, he believes that the young group is ready for prime time. While Cousins' injury sadly diminishes the ceiling outcome for this Pelicans team, their play in the first round shows that they can still be quite unsafe even without DeMarcus. An opportunity to win two championships and lose another that everyone thought that they may have an opportunity to win. "In the second round against a team like New Orleans, you've got to be into all of that".

But for Davis, this is more than an opportunity. "To come in and try to beat them in a seven-game series is going to be fun".

If Steph Curry is in fact healthy for Game 1, the scouting report for the Warriors changes dramatically. "But it's a great opportunity for everybody to add to their resume, to try to go out here and beat the world champs".

Golden State opened as a 7.5-point favorite and is now laying 9.

With Holiday, the question is can he keep this elite level play of going on what is now the biggest stage of his career. Each was remarkable in the first round and now they get to duel each other. "What we have to do is see how his body responds the rest of the day, put him through another practice tomorrow".

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