Three years later, barreling toward the same situation - a 2-0 hole against Golden State with the series flipping to New Orleans for Game 3 - Davis said he has washed the previous Game 3 from his memory.
Only two of the Round 1 matchups ended up going all the way to Game 7.
Already leading 1-0 in the series against the Pelicans, the Warriors were seeking to add yet another victory to their record. Golden State is favored in this game at -4.5.
The Pelicans looked unbeatable against Portland.
For all the impressive work the Pelicans did in disposing of the Trail Blazers in four games, they have rapidly been handed a reality check by the Warriors. In an example of how vital that category has become in today's National Basketball Association, among the 12 teams that ranked ahead of New Orleans, eight of them made the playoffs. Another big performer for New Orleans has, unsurprisingly, been Jrue Holiday. "We're playing the world champs and you have to play a damn-near ideal game to be able to win". The teams have gone over the total in each of their last four meetings overall and in four of the last five in New Orleans. However, to beat the Warriors, it will also be essential to maintain these numbers by facilitating Anthony Davis. I believe that the X factor for New Orleans will be is Nikola Mirotic.
The Warriors rank first in assists per game (29.3) while the Pelicans rank 21st in assists allowed per game (23.8). The Warriors effortlessly move on to the second round, winning the opening round series to 4-1, despite playing without their franchise superstar.
The usual suspects have had huge performance after huge performance ever since the playoffs began. He has even been pulling down 7 rebounds each contest. That's quite the disparity in a game that was decided by five points. Klay Thompson will nearly certainly improve on the four-of-20 shooting performance he had in Game 2. Well for one thing, the Pelicans will need to do better at the free throw line.
But despite two days or rest and treatment, coach Brad Stevens said Brown is "very doubtful" for Game 2 on Thursday night.
The momentum had completely swung in Golden State's favor and Curry delivered more haymakers in the extra session, helping the Warriors defeat the Pelicans 123-119. However, New Orleans can match up at every position defensively.
Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo expressed the frustration his teammates are feeling about the foul-shooting imbalance.
One of the most promising parts of a disappointing loss on Tuesday for the Pelicans was the notable way the controled the pace of play through most of the game. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.