(WVUE) - Trailing the Warriors two games to none, the Pelicans have confidence that playing in front of their home court and making a few improvements can lead to success in game three of the Western Conference series.
Anthony Davis logged 45 minutes, including the entire second half, in Monday night's 97-87 loss and his fatigue was visible in the fourth quarter when he went 0-for-5 from the field. Davis admits that he was feeling the effects of the long night as he tried to close out the contest.
"I did but you know, I mean, I didn't want to come out the game," Davis said. "I want to be on the floor as much as possible, give my team a chance to win and we talked about it, try to figure something out so I can get a minute or two here and there but for the majority of the game, I want to be on the floor."
His fellow power forward, Ryan Anderson, played decreased minutes, but not so much because of Davis' increased time.
"It's been tough for me to find a rhythm coming back from a knee injury, that's no excuse," Anderson said. "I want to go out and contribute defensively. I think there have been some moments where I've really helped the team out, I've helped the team spread the court."
Anderson's coach, Monty Williams, has faith his sharpshooter will turn his game around
"Ryan will get his opportunities," Williams said. "We certainly need to do a better job of getting him open more and that's on me but I think the numbers say he's going to shoot the ball well from here on out because he hasn't shot it as well but he hasn't had those clear looks at the basket like he's accustomed to."
Point guard Jrue Holiday is day-to-day, according to Williams, as he works his way back from a lower right leg stress reaction. He sat out Game 2 after playing in the series opener. Game 3 tips off at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday 23.
Pels fans will be decked out in red to support their team.