Stephen Curry is probable for Game 2 against the Pelicans

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The 2x NBA MVP has not played since suffering an MCL injury on March 23 and the Warriors have gone 9-7 during that stretch. His playoff averages across the board are better than his regular-season numbers, and perhaps the most impressive offensive number he has through six postseason games is his average of 8.5 assists while compiling a 3.19 assists-to-turnover ratio.

"Very few players are capable of sitting out that long and coming back and being themselves", Warriors backup point guard Shaun Livingston said Monday. Brown was considered "very doubtful" to play, coach Brad Stevens had said.

Curry, who had hoped to be cleared for Game 1, worked out with the club Monday. Kevin Durant netted 26 points and 13 rebounds with two assists and two blocks, tallying his 32 playoff double-double.

"It didn't go as planned I guess", said an exasperated Alvin Gentry after watching the Warriors silence his team 123-101.

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"When great players leave like this with an injury and come back, I expect him to be who he is". If the Warriors prevail over the Pelicans and the victor of the Utah Jazz-Houston Rockets series, they will be headed to their fourth consecutive appearance in the title round. After all, he was Kerr's lead assistant until he headed for the Big Easy in the summer of 2015.

Game 2 of Warriors-Pelicans will take place Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET and air on TNT. Davis had eight early points in the first quarter before Looney entered the game. "The Spurs [whom the Warriors beat in five games in the first round], they are a little older, so they play a little more methodical. It's like, you make a bucket, you can't relax". Durant was assigned to Holiday for much of the night and was able to stop his drives and bother his jumper.

So now that Thompson and Green have found their games in the playoffs, it puts all sorts of pressure on the Pelicans to find an answer. He continued his efficient shooting ways, knocking down 49.5 percent of his shots overall, including 42.3 percent from beyond the three-point line.

His awe-inspiring play helped carry the squad back to the postseason and into the second round after a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.