Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors: Lineups, preview & prediction 5/1/18

New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors: Lineups, preview & prediction 5/1/18

Stephen Curry is expected to make his 2018 playoff debut in Game 2 against the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night, and the two-time MVP is trying not to set his expectations too high. Although Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have carried the team through their first six playoff games, the Warriors will undoubtedly become a lot more unsafe upon Curry's return.

Curry has not played since March 23 due to a knee injury but could make his long-awaited comeback at the Oracle Arena (3.30am United Kingdom time) as the Warriors look to move 2-0 in the Western Conference semi-finals.

"I'd be very surprised if he didn't play (Game 2)", Kerr said following Monday's practice.

Kerr underscored that he'd be "very surprised" if Curry didn't play. "The only factor in terms of allowing him to play is health, and he's ready to go".

"When great players like that leave the game from an injury and come back, I expect him to be who he is". He added that it's important for Steph Curry to regain his in-game rhythm.

He has to come back eventually, but it seems a bit drastic to bring him back after such a serious injury for a game that they can probably win without him. How Curry performs when this happens will give us a good idea of where he is at in his recovery, as a fully healthy Curry should have no problem dealing with them. "Feeling good today. Went through the whole practice". "The Spurs [whom the Warriors beat in five games in the first round], they are a little older, so they play a little more methodical". In Game 1 against the Warriors, he had 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting.

And he wasn't rusty when he returned from a 15-day layoff on March 23. That was the night he injured his knee. On Monday, Kerr listed his star guard as probable.

Kevin Durant and Draymond Green ignited a brilliant second quarter with their defense and all-out hustle plays, then Golden State got rolling in transition and Oracle Arena started rocking the way it does this time of year. The Warriors thrived when they made things hard on Davis to take shots, got stops and pushed the ball in transition. Steph has that ability, but we can't necessarily rely on that.

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