Warriors' Death Lineup sets tone in Game 4 win over Pelicans

Marcus Newton
May 9, 2018

So much that Green called the tactic "a great adjustment" and expected the switch after openly vouching to start at center after Kerr started JaVale McGee in a Game 3 loss.

"Honestly", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, "the only time I was really anxious was the last week of the season".

These include one secret weapon that is now not-so secret, a player that no team is equipped to contain, and a formula for winning that when accomplished, nearly always results in a Golden State Warriors win. Being that we're in it every day, we're literally blood, sweat and tears in this every day - and it don't mean that much to me, it shouldn't mean that much to him either. "There was absolutely a part of me that thought, 'I don't know if we can get our defense together.' I knew we'd get our offense together, but defense requires a mentality and a spirit and a unity and a sense of objective from the five guys on the floor, and we were just a shell of ourselves that last week". "I don't think you can look at it (as an impossible task), because when you look at it that way against the world champs it is an nearly impossible task". There were no hard feelings.

"And then, get yourself ready because obviously we've got a monumental task ahead of us to win on Golden State's court, but that's exactly what we're planning on doing". He got so upset that he sent an extremely impassioned text message to his friend and teammate Durant to get some things off his chest. Golden State has a ton of weapons and Durant had a big game in Game 4: can the Warriors get Thompson back on track in this one?

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"In short, [Draymond] said don't worry about s-t else but playing with force and being aggressive", Durant said. "I just thought it would be a good idea today to kind of let their minds rest, their bodies rest".

In Utah, it was the Rockets' defense that controlled the game once again as Houston took down the Jazz 100-87 to go up 3-1 in the series.

Green said over the past two days he consistently reminded Durant that he was brought here to be himself.

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The Pelicans shot 36.4 percent from the floor - their second-worst shooting night of the season - and went only 4-of-26 from 3-point range. "He was engaged and scoring all over the place".

The game plan doesn't seem to have changed for Golden State.

"We have to play better than we did in Game 4", Gentry said matter-of-factly. "That's what I love seeing".

The gambit worked: Durant exploded for 38 points, and the Dubs took a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 118-92 victory Sunday night. It has since been deleted.

"The guy has a triple-double nearly every night against us", Gentry said.

Green, who has a reputation for feistiness and psychological gamesmanship, had eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a lopsided Warriors victory.

Gentry believes his team is capable of reclaiming its rhythm on the offensive end, Once it does, it can successfully execute some of the tactics used to almost pull off the upset when the Pelicans lost at Golden State, 121-116, in Game 2.

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