The Golden State Warriors have a huge chance to wrap up the series and secure a ticket to the Western Conference Finals when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans in the Game 5 of action-packed 2018 NBA Playoffs.
The end of playoffs campaign is getting close for the Pelicans, but the organization will perform their best in Game 5 to attempt to stay alive in postseason. On the other side of the ball, the Warriors will be seeking to conclude their series to earn as much rest as possible for the Western Conference Finals.
After being defeated in the Game 3, head coach Steve Kerr opted to turn to his five best key players — Hamptons Five — to start the Warriors’ Game 4 contest against the Pelicans and the Warriors responded with legitimately dominant performance. The Hamptons 5 — Andre Iguodala with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — delivered in convincing passion dropping New Orleans by a 118-92 deficit, setting up Golden State with an opportunity to move on to the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.
The Warriors never dragged and ran out to a 14-point lead within six minutes left on the clock in their 118-92 win against the Pelicans in Game 4. Durant and the rest of the Hamptons 5 set the timbre with their early lead, and coach Kerr will again turn to the Hamptons Five to start Game 5.
KD posted 38 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the way in Game 4. Steph Curry rebounded from a slothful Game 3 to scored 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Green and Iguodala, on the other hand, didn’t have abundant scoring figures, but both players filled the stat sheet and sloped up the defense to immobilize the New Orleans offense that had just burned them the game prior.
The Pelicans, on the other side of the arena, shot only 36.4 percent overall and a woeful 4-of-26 on beyond the arc, to go along with 19 turnovers that steered to 21 Warriors points.
Anthony Davis posted 26 points to lead the New Orleans, but he shot 8-of-22 from the floor. Ian Clark followed up his revenge on Game 3 by missing all seven of his 3-point efforts in the most recent matchup of the series.
The Town can easily win in Game 5 and advance to their fourth-consecutive Western Conference Finals. That said, it would also make it 15 straight home postseason victories, an NBA Playoffs record set by the Chicago Bulls dating way back in 1990-91.
Concluding the regular season with a 58-24 winning streak, the Warriors bagged the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Golden State move on to the conference semis by winning the first round series 4-1, despite playing without superstar Stephen Curry. As for New Orleans — who clinched the No. 6 seed, thanks to a 48-34 winning record — the Pelicans were the first franchise to make it to the second round, sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round.
Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans Info:
- Date: Tuesday, May 8
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: Oracle Arena
- Location: Oakland, California
- TV Channel: TNT
- Live Stream: TNTDrama.com or Watch TNT
Warriors-Pelicans Series Schedule
- Game 1 in Oakland: Warriors 123, Pelicans 101
- Game 2 in Oakland: Warriors 121, Pelicans 116
- Game 3 in New Orleans: Pelicans 119, Warriors 100
- Game 4 in New Orleans: Warriors 118, Pelicans 92
- Game 5 in Oakland: Tuesday, May 8, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
- Game 6 in New Orleans: Thursday, May 10, TBA, ESPN*
- Game 7 in Oakland: Monday, May 14, TBA, TNT*