Warriors close regular-season home slate w/ loss to potential 1st-round opponent

Dubs fell 126-120 to Pelicans on Saturday night in Oracle finale

Bonta Hill
April 07, 2018 - 9:49 pm

Defensively, the Golden State Warriors were picked apart by the New Orleans Pelicans, giving up 126 points in their last home game of the regular season.

The desperate Pelicans needed a win to remain in the Western Conference playoff mix, and their 126-120 victory over the Warriors ensured that they still have life, despite giving up 41 points to Kevin Durant.

By the way, the Warriors are now 0-4 when Durant scores 40 or more. Sometimes, sports doesn’t make any sense.

The Warriors, who will start the NBA playoffs without the two-time Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry, aren’t perturbed about their defensive effort, or the eight turnovers they committed in the fourth quarter alone.

Draymond Green — the heart and soul of the Warriors — likes the where the Warriors mindset is as they head into the NBA playoffs.

Head coach Steve Kerr, who ripped the Warriors for their careless effort in Thursday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, was very pleased with the showing against the Pelicans.

The only issue for Kerr was their slow start, in which the Warriors gave up 40 points in the opening frame.

As for the fourth turnovers? Kerr believes they were due to the Warriors pressing as a team.

There were plenty of positives in a game that doesn’t matter in the win/loss column. Quinn Cook continued to assert himself in the starting lineup, scoring 21 points and dropping 7 assists, but defensively, the Pelicans picked on him.

Rajon Rondo was spectacular, scoring 12 points and dropping 17 assists, including a game-clinching steal off of Durant with 31 seconds left, that set up E’Twaun Moore’s dagger.

The new-look Pelicans also got 28 points and six three’s from Nikola Mirotic, and Anthony Davis showed why he’s an MVP candidate, scoring 34 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking four shots.

Green, who knows that it’s possible to meet the Pelicans in the first round, was happy they got a chance to play against them this late in the season.

Shortly after the game, the club announced that Omri Casspi has been waived clearing the way for Quinn Cook to join the postseason roster.

Alright, the playoffs are near. The talk all season has been about the Warriors remaining healthy during the regular season and peaking at the right time.

Well, they aren’t necessarily playing their best basketball at the moment, but they’re relatively healthy heading into the postseason with the one caveat: Curry’s MCL sprain in his left knee.

The wait is almost over. Next time we see the Warriors play at Oracle, it’ll be the start of what many expect will be an arduous journey to another NBA championship.

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