Curry ready to return for Warriors vs. Pelicans Game 2

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They did so without the help of two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who missed his 15th game in a row due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee.

"It's not like he's relaxing", fellow guard Klay Thompson said.

"It's been interesting. Obviously when I'm out there I've been playing well, playing at a very high level, we've been winning" Curry said. "He feels great and wants to play and pleaded his case, but we're going to sit him tonight, (but he's) very likely to play in Game 2".

Davis and Holiday went to the free throw line six times and the Pelicans just 11, allowing the Warriors to enjoy a 24-9 advantage in points scored at the foul line.

Game 1 isn't going to determine any series, but bringing Curry back after missing five weeks of action, with only one scrimmage and a few shootarounds under his belt? They now take on a injured Boston Celtics squad that needed seven games to get past the Milwaukee Bucks. He's also a career 41-percent three-point shooter in the postseason.

Davis is one of the five best players in the National Basketball Association, so Looney's Game 1 success won't be sustainable.

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Through 51 games in the 2017-18 season, the All-Star point guard averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from 3-point range.

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry has no plans to change up their pace after the Game 1 loss either. Among the remaining eight playoff teams, only the Warriors boast a better defensive rating (99.4) this postseason than the Jazz (100.7).

The advanced stats tell even further just how far above the other teams in their conference both teams are. You know, what we've got to do is, we've got to get (Daivs) more involved in the game from the standpoint of even the double-teams, we've got to get him out on the floor and get space, and we've got to do a better job of shot selection.

Golden State Warriors fans everywhere can finally let out a collective sigh of relief.

The Warriors went on to win the match 123 points to 101 in game one of the Western Conference semi-finals. The 21-year-old is expected back later in the series against Philadelphia.

The Warriors are known for the abundance of outside shooting that's provided by their top scorers, but what makes them even more risky is the way they leverage that shooting to create looks at the rim.