Kevin Durant will miss another game tonight as Kerr publicly regretted his decision to play him in Oklahoma City.
Warriors now ruling Kevin Durant out vs Pelicans tonight. Initially hurt left ankle vs Sixers, sat vs Nets, played vs OKC ("We shouldn't have," Kerr said), out the past two nights.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 25, 2017
Andre Iguodala, who is also nursing an injury, will play, especially since Durant now is out. The Warriors are coming off a huge, severe beatdown of the Chicago Bulls, but cannot risk complacency against a New Orleans Pelicans team that — although perpetually underachieving — has the potential, given their personnel, to dominate on any given night.
The Pelicans are 11-8, while the Warriors are 14-5. The Dubs cannot afford to become complacent, even after such a huge victory last night.
Remember, the Warriors need to focus on tonight’s match instead of reliving the magic of things like this:
Jordan Bell w/ the cash considerations gesture during intros pic.twitter.com/Ajm9SC4ZKp— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) November 25, 2017
Or ... this:
Even with Durant out, the Warriors will need to keep their minds clear of obstacles and really buckle down and play their game. The Pelicans — though underachieving for the entirety of Alvin Gentry’s reign — are still dangerous. They just beat the Suns 115-91, and feature two of the premier big men in the game in Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. Sure, it’s not the outcome we all expected when former Warriors’ coach Gentry left to take the helm in New Orleans, famously proclaiming this:
But, regardless of results, the Pelicans are still dangerous. Can the Warriors avoid a let-down game coming off the heels of a lopsided beatdown? We’ll see tonight. Action begins at 5:30pm PST at Oracle.
In addition, tonight’s hometown court at Oracle looks like utter hottness: