OAKLAND, CA (WVUE) - When the Pelicans and Warriors tip off their NBA playoff series Saturday afternoon, the Pels will key up defensively on dynamic shooting guard Klay Thompson, who along with his running mate and partner in crime Steph Curry, have formed one of the more prolific scoring duos in NBA history.
Curry and Thompson have combined for a league record 525 made three pointers this season. In Golden State's final four regular season games, Thompson averaged 29 points on 55.1 percent shooting.
However, in four matchups against the Pelicans, Thompson's scoring was limited to 19.7 per game, while Curry averaged 23.5 points. New Orleans knows that to get the job done, they must contain the dynamic Splash Brothers.
"Steph Curry ... You got to be up on him, especially on his shots," Anthony Davis said. "He can shoot the ball from anywhere, so when he's coming off screens our bigs have to get the ball out of his hands, make somebody else beat us."
Guard Eric Gordon added the Pelicans back court will have to be in attack mode on both sides of the court. "We just got to stick with them," Gordon said. "They're the Splash Brothers for a reason. They make a lot of shots, a lot of perimeter shots, and they've seen it all. So we just got to stick with them."
There's plenty for the Pels to learn from when while looking back at their previous games according to Davis. "Games that we lost, we were kind of back and he came off screens ready to shoot," Davis said. "We got to make sure we get the ball out of his hands. I think our guards did a great job on clay and Harrison, but it's all about containing Steph. We know he's going to make some crazy shots, but we go to have mental toughness."
While the Golden State Warriors can really fill it up with Curry and Thompson draining those threes, they really don't have an answer defensively down low for Pelicans star Anthony Davis. AD should be aggressive and the Pelicans should feed Davis early and often.
He won't quite match what the Splash Brothers can do, but if Davis can carry this team to a big victory in game one or game two, the Pelicans will have a realistic chance to pull the upset in this series.
Game one tips off at 2:30 CST from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.