Steve Kerr made a decision to put the Hamptons Five on the floor as his starting lineup in Game 4, and that resulted in a dominant 26-point victory. "Today we went out there and knocked down some shots".
The Warriors blew out the Pelicans in Game 1, New Orleans was much more competitive in Game 2, and they finally broke through for a win in Game 3.
The Warriors lost by 19 in Game 3 Friday and the Pelicans were looking to even the series.
TOUGH CHALLENGE: The Pelicans never know which Golden State star might be on any given night - or all of them at once. Expect a blowout and a cover. He averaged 12.5 points per game during the regular season and is now averaging 11.5 per in the playoffs due to his recent strong efforts. To play with force no matter if I miss shots or not, just try to keep shooting, keep being aggressive, and you know I just tried to continue to tell myself that over the last day-and-a-half. He added nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one blocked shot.
Chris Haynes of ESPN has a great piece about the message Green sent to Durant as the team was preparing for game 4 after an especially demoralizing loss in game 3.
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But pay close attention to Iguodala in Game 5.
Obviously, it helps to have five players as versatile and skilled as the "Hamptons Five", a moniker given to that five man group after the other four had ramped up their recruitment of Durant during a visit to the Hamptons in the summer of 2016.
The Pelicans rank first in points in the paint per game (52.6) while the Warriors rank 23rd (43.4). With the Warriors trailing 19-11 and struggling offensively, Curry checked in with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter and took 11 seconds to launch a 3-pointer.
"Just find ways to get him in scoring positions", Curry said. But you play against that lineup the majority of the game anyway. "That's the attitude we have to take into Oracle". This team plays so small and fast that it works well for us. I personally, No. 1, don't worry about it and No. 2, don't care that much about it.
That has always been their go-to lineup in critical situations and in Game 4, it looked up for the task as it registered an offensive rating of 130.1 and a defensive rating of 66.5 for a net rating of 63.6 - a great sign for Golden State's bid to repeat as champions. "We originally had a practice scheduled but we do have guys that are playing heavy minutes", Gentry told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.