Stephen Curry returns to the starting five lineup after being sidelined due to sprained MCL on his left knee as the Golden State Warriors try to sweep a 3-0 series lead over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Curry made waves in his huge comeback to 2018 NBA Playoffs in the Golden State Warriors’ 121-116 Game 2 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. He managed to put up 28 points and was a plus-26 from the bench, but now the two-time MVP will take his rightful position in the starting five lineup on Friday night’s Game 3 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
Steph Curry is in good shape in their recent game, but he’s only allowed to play not more than 30 minutes — 27 minutes to be exact — as he works to get his 100 percent condition back. It’s indeed reasonable to anticipate that playing time will gradually increase, at least depending on how the matchup is harmonizing.
The New Orleans Pelicans, on the other side of the ball, put forth a courageous effort in battling to steal the Game 2 after getting smoked in the series opener.
The game was still string up in the equilibrium midway through the fourth quarter when Steve Kerr turned to the Warrior’s Hamptons 5, which is when the latter pulled away. Kevin Durant took over after a lethargic first three quarters, accumulating 15 of his game-high 29 points in the final phase.
Draymond Green nearly posted a triple-double with 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. He also played his irritant defense to perfection as he got into it with multiple Pelicans key players and helped fire up the home crowd.
The Pelicans will absolutely be hoping for a more favorable referee call after getting the short end of it in Oakland. The New Orleans only took nine free throws from Game 2, with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday teamed up for zero attempts in spite getting up 48 field goal efforts.
The Warriors are undeniably the heavy favorites to make it win the Game Three to 3-0 and edging closer to advancing to Western Conference Finals and eventually to the 2018 NBA Finals.
Powerhouse duo, Durant and Curry, are all set to lead Warriors into this Game 3, which gets underway at 8:00 P.M. EST on Friday evening.
How you can watch Warriors vs. Pelicans Game 3
Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN