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Preview: Warriors vs Pelicans, let's run it back! New Orleans gets another shot at the champs.

Golden State and New Orleans square off for the second time in five days. What should Golden State expect from Alvin Gentry in his second shot of the week at his former team?

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Golden State Warriors
2-0 (1-0 ROAD)
New Orleans Pelicans
0-2 (0-0 HOME)
October 31, 2015
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
4:30pm PDT
CSN Bay Area, NBA TV | KNBR 680 AM
Blog Buddy: The Bird Writes
Projected Starters
Stephen Curry G Jrue Holiday
Klay Thompson G Eric Gordon
Harrison Barnes F Dante Cunningham
Draymond Green F Anthony Davis
Festus Ezeli C Kendrick Perkins
Key Injuries
Andrew Bogut - Concussion
Kevon Looney - Hip
Omer Asik - Calf; Luke Babbitt - Hamstring
Norris Cole - Ankle
Tyreke Evans - Knee


The Warriors seek to maintain perfection as they head to New Orleans to battle Anthony Davis and the Pelicans for the second time in the young season. The Pellies are undoubtedly grateful to be home after losing their first two games on the road. In addition to the loss to Golden State on opening night, New Orleans came out flat in a disappointing defeat at the hands of Portland on Wednesday as the Blazers jumped out to a 43 to 18 lead in the first quarter. Tonight it's the Warriors who will be playing for a second consecutive night, fresh off of a victory in Houston on Friday night, while the Pelicans have enjoyed two consecutive nights off.

The Warriors are obviously hoping for a repeat of Tuesday's result, but will be forced to do so without Andrew Bogut as a result of a concussion suffered during the opener. Expect the Pelicans' guards to put greater pressure on Curry tonight to prevent him from repeating his 40 point performance on Tuesday, particularly while Bogut is unavailable to help facilitate the offense. The Warriors could respond by getting Klay Thompson more involved in the offense than he was on Tuesday, scoring just nine points.

As for the Pelicans' offense, Davis struggled on Tuesday, shooting just 4-for-20 from the floor while failing to establish a presence in the post, and didn't make an impact on offense until the 4th quarter on Wednesday in Portland. Look for Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry to move Davis closer to the rim tonight as the Warriors play without Andrew Bogut, who suffered a concussion during Tuesday's game. Festus Ezeli defended Davis well on Tuesday and with a strong performance tonight could further impress upon the Warriors the importance of getting a contract extension completed by the deadline on November 2.

One of the few bright spots for the Pelicans on Tuesday was the post play of Kendrick Perkins (yes, you read that correctly), who shot 5-for-5 from the floor with a variety of spin moves (seriously). The Warriors should make it a matter of pride to prevent that from happening again tonight. It will be interesting to see whether Ezeli or Draymond Green starts the game defending Perkins. Note that Perkins and Mo Speights have a history of trash talk, and with Speights likely to play extra minutes in Bogut's absence we should expect to see Speights and Perkins barking at one another once again.

One player we won't see again for the Pelicans is Nate Robinson, who was waived on Friday after going scoreless in 23 minutes in two games. Warriors fans will recognize the man the Pelicans signed to replace Robinson, the one and only Toney Douglas. Let's wish the Pelicans well with that.

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