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Recap: Chef Curry cooks, Draymond Green leads intense frontcourt battle

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Steph Curry erupted for 28 off the bench while Draymond Green held it down in the frontcourt.

New Orleans Pelicans v Golden State Warriors - Game Two Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

He’s here. He’s back.

After missing 5 12 weeks with a Grade 2 MCL injury, Stephen Curry came off the bench with 4:20 left in the first quarter and splashed a three on his first shot attempt.

Moments later, Curry pulled up from Vallejo and splashed another three and turned the Oracle Arena into Roaracle again.

Back like he’s never left.

In Curry’s first seven minutes, he scored 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and 2-for-3 from deep, and was almost instantly a +10. The ‘Chef would finish the game with 28 points on 8-for-15 from the field, 5-for-10 from deep, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a plus 26.

After getting embarrassed by the Golden State Warriors in Game 1, the Pelicans continued their fast pace to successful results. Whether the Warriors scored or missed shots, the Pelicans wasted no time in starting the break. New Orleans constantly attempted shots within the shot clock’s first three seconds. They rode this strategy to 30 points in the paint during the first half. New Orleans would win the battle in the paint 66-38.

The frontcourt battle

Golden State had the right idea at throwing double teams and help defense at Anthony Davis to contain him, but like Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in his postgame presser, the only way you can limit Davis’ impact is to take away the easy shots.

This game was competitive and chippy, and honestly, one can say that Draymond Green likes this kind of party. Once again, Green caused mayhem on both sides of the floor, nearly recording a triple double. His line? 20 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal and some trash talk at the half to Rondo.

Charles Barkley’s strong words about Draymond Green

After that exchange between Green and Rondo heading into halftime, TNT commentator Charles Barkley had strong words for the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year. AJ Neuharth-Keusch of USA Today Sports transcribed what Barkley said.

“I just want somebody to punch him in the face,” Barkley said.

”Why, you don’t like Draymond?” co-analyst Kenny Smith asked.

”I want to punch him in the face so bad,” the Hall of Famer said. ”I’m just telling you. I want to punch his ass in the face. I do.”

”Why, what makes you upset?” asked Smith.

”You asked me a question, I gave you an answer,” Barkley responded.

So naturally, Green had some parting words to Charles Barkley during his postgame presser.

Other stats that stood out

Kevin Durant struggled with his shot in the first half but came through in the second. He nailed some key shots in the third and fourth quarter and finished the game with 29 points on 11-for-23 shooting, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks.

Two stats that stood out to me were the turnovers and the free throw advantage. The Warriors committed 17 turnovers. Four of those were committed within the opening minutes of the game. They over came those and losing the points in the paint battle by “eating free cheese” at the free throw line. The Warriors went 22-for-27 from the line while the Pelicans went 7-for-9.

FINAL SCORE: Warriors 121- Pelicans 116. Warriors lead series 2-0. The Western Conference Semifinals will head to New Orleans for Game 3 Friday.

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Who was the Warrior Wonder In Game 2 vs the Pelicans?

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  • 79%
    Steph Curry
    (575 votes)
  • 14%
    Draymond Green
    (104 votes)
  • 2%
    Kevin Durant
    (17 votes)
  • 0%
    Andre Iguodala
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Klay Thompson
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Kevon Looney
    (17 votes)
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    Shaun Livinston
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