From the opening tip back in the comfort of their home, New Orleans was knocking down threes, being far more physical and aggressive on defense, and consistently exploiting a Warriors team that was sloppy with their defensive switches and communication.
The Warriors will be 2-0 through to the seven-game sequence.
The first five minutes or so of Game 3 looked like everyone on both teams spent pre-game touring Bourbon Street in New Orleans rather than going through warm-ups, but eventually everyone figured things out. When the Pelicans hit their outside shots, they have the offensive firepower to hang with the Warriors. "Guys made shots in shootaround this morning and it carried over to the game". As the three-point barrage continued for New Orleans, the Warriors quickly found themselves down by as much as 15.
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had an off-night with 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting. Stephen Curry, in his first start in almost six weeks since injuring his MCL, shot 6-for-19 and scored only 19 points.
The Pels took control early and took a six-point lead into halftime.
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Thompson, Kevin Durant and Curry led Golden State with 26, 22 and 19 points, but none of the trio shot 50 percent or better and were a combined 7-of-24 in 3-pointers.
Everyone knew that Davis would be nearly impossible to guard, and that shooting guard Jrue Holiday and forward Nikola Mirotic were red hot coming into the series. The Pelicans did a good job of giving whoever Curry was guarding the ball then using Davis to set picks, so there could be no switch. In the middle of the first quarter on Friday, the Pelicans called a timeout and Rondo tried to attempt a 3-pointer, a routine most players partake in to get in a shooting rhythm without it counting as an official field goal attempt. "Of course we didn't want to go down 0-3 but we got our big one tonight and now we'll try to get ready for Sunday".
After struggling in the first quarter the Warriors started to heat up, specifically Klay Thompson as he recorded 20 points in the quarter.
"Just being more aggressive", Davis said of his second-half explosion. If the Raptors are planning on competing in this series they better start now. "We have to be physical and match that physicality". Well, that changed in Game 3 at home.
The Pelicans came out in the second half and opened the game up, building an enormous lead they'd never relinquish.
Which is going to make Sunday very interesting.