Warriors, Pelicans face off in consecutive crucials By Reuters

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The Golden State Warriors have a cushion. The New Orleans Pelicans don’t. The Warriors (32-32) are in position to qualify for the Western Conference entry tournament. The Pelicans (29-35) are three games behind the Warriors. But these teams will meet in the first game of a back-to-back on Monday night in New Orleans. They will also meet on May 14 in San Francisco, with the winner of two or more of these games claiming the tiebreaker advantage. “It helps a lot that our fate is in our hands,” said Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (NYSE :), who scored a career-best 33 points and matched his career-best eight 3-pointers on a 140-136 overtime victory at Minnesota on Saturday. “We really don’t have to worry about anyone else. It’s all up to us.” We have three games against (Golden State). It will not be easy at all. We know that it is a difficult task. But it is possible. And that’s all we can ask for: an opportunity. ”The Pelicans were in danger of losing control of their destiny when they trailed the Timberwolves by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter. But Zion Williamson led a final wave of 16 -6 to force overtime, then scored seven of his 27 points in overtime. “This team has never given up on anything,” Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said. We have almost no margin for error with eight. games remaining. After back-to-back games against the Warriors conclude Tuesday, New Orleans embarks on a five-game road trip before returning home for the regular season finale against the Lakers. be in the hands of no one else, “said Williamson.” It is up to us to go out and get the victory. You can’t ask for better than that, in the situation we are in right now. ”Golden State is competing with the Spurs for the bottom two playing spots and taking down the Pelicans would allow the Warriors to focus on seeding rather than El Saturday, Steph Curry scored 15 points during a 24-0 third-quarter streak that sent Golden State on its way to an easy 113-87 victory. ” We just couldn’t do anything, “Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.” Obviously we like Steph so when he couldn’t get shots at first we got stuck in the mud. But in the second half, once he made a couple of shots, our energy recovered, our body language improved and we were able to take control. “Curry, who shot 2 of 12 in the first half, had 23 of his 30 points in the third quarter when the Warriors outscored Houston 39-12. “One of the most remarkable things about Steph is that he can be in the middle of what appears to be his worst game of the entire season, and then explode,” said Kerr. Curry he has scored more than 30 points in 15 of his last 17 games. ” There was a little cloud over us (after the first half), “Curry said.” We didn’t play terrible in the first one. half, but we just didn’t take any shots. We needed some joy, some energy, good vibes and smiles. “Field Level Media