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Stephen Curry, Warriors as good as advertised

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a shot with Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Man, those guys are good. As good as advertised. The Golden State Warriors stand on the brink of sweeping the Pelicans in their first-round series thanks to Thursday’s historic fourth-quarter rally — on the road, mind you — that left the sports world buzzing about either: A. The epic fail of the Pels. B.… Continue reading →

3-pointer

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans fans cheer against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 23, 2015.

1 PELICAN PRIDE With no team ever recovering from a 3-0 deficit, pride is pretty much what the Pelicans are playing for Saturday. Getting at least one win in the series would say a lot about this team, especially after Game 3. Hopefully the white T-shirts fans will wear tonight… Continue reading →

Report: Stephen Curry would have been shooting three free throws if he had missed his game-tying 3-pointer against the Pelicans in game three

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after their overtime victory in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The Warriors won in overtime 123-119, t

The game-tying 3-pointer Golden State guard Stephen Curry hit with two seconds remaining in regulation, which forced overtime in the Warriors' 123-119 overtime victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday was arguably the biggest shot of the young NBA postseason. Curry was surrounded by red-jerseyed Pelicans, including New Orleans All-Star forward Anthony Davis who was charging… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis finishes fourth NBA Defensive Player voting

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton and Brandin Cooks applaud at the start of the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis finished fourth in the voting for NBA Defensive Player of the Year that was revealed on Thursday, earning 11 first-place votes. Davis finished eighth last season. “I’m like any other coach, a little sore about it that he didn’t win it,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. “I’m sure (Clippers coach) Doc (Rivers) and (Golden State… Continue reading →

Lewis: The Pelicans’ historic meltdown against the Warriors was tough to watch, and tough to take

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoot against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Crushed. Rack this up there with Big Ben, Game Seven against the Spurs and any other dark days in New Orleans sports history you can think of. For 47 minutes and 57 seconds the Pelicans were better on this night than the best team in basketball. To be sure, even if they’d won,… Continue reading →

Norris Cole brings valuable experience to Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans' Norris Cole (30) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) ORG XMIT: NYAH118

At age 26, Norris Cole found himself an elder statesman as the New Orleans Pelicans entered the NBA playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. Cole, who is in his fourth season, came to the Pelicans on Feb. 19 having been in three NBA Finals with the Miami Heat, winning championships his first two years in the… Continue reading →

Not again! Pelicans' heart-breaking loss to Warriors another gut punch for Louisiana sports fans in past year

Golden State rallies from a 20-point deficit to beat the Pelicans in overtime at the Smoothie King Center to take a 3-0 series lead in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (Matthew Hinton/Advocate staff photo)

. The Pelicans had it. They led the Golden State Warriors by 20 points in game three of the first-round playoff series. The Smoothie King center was rocking. There was hope. Then, Golden State guard Stephen Curry hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to force overtime. The Warriors then defeated the Pelicans 123-119 to take… Continue reading →

Heartbreak at the Smoothie King Center: Golden State defeats Pelicans 123-119 in overtime to take 3-0 series lead

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a three pointer to send the game into overtime against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 23, 2015.

. New Orleans couldn’t hold on to a 15-point fourth quarter lead, and suffered a heartbreaking 123-119 overtime loss to Golden State on Thursday night at Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans now trail the series 3-0 with Game 4 set for Saturday at home at 7 p.m. No team in NBA history… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Ryan Anderson keeps ‘working’ through his shooting struggles

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) shoots over Houston Rockets forward Joey Dorsey (8) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

The New Orleans Pelicans’ troubles scoring against the Golden State Warriors in the teams’ first two playoff games have put some of the spotlight on forward Ryan Anderson. Anderson, a key player off the bench as the team’s 3-point shooter, averaged 13.7 points in 61 games this season. But in two playoff games, he has scored a total… Continue reading →

So you’re telling me there’s a chance ... NBA teams to erase a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, right, and Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Allen scrap for a loose ball during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

In NBA history, 16 teams have come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. The Pelicans will try to become the 17th: 1969 Western Division semifinals: Los Angeles Lakers 4, San Francisco Warriors 2 1969 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics 4, Los Angeles Lakers 3 1971 Eastern Conference finals: Baltimore Bullets 4,… Continue reading →

The NBA playoffs’ return to New Orleans is what the Pelicans and their fans have been waiting for

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Pelicans fans cheer on their team during the fourth quarter of the Pelicans vs. Spurs game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The Pelicans won 108-103.

It’s a buildup four years in the making. And a lot has changed since the NBA playoffs last visited New Orleans. “It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago we were in the playoffs,” season-ticket holder Rod Jackson said last week. “I guess when you think about it, though, it really was.” Nearly everything about the New… Continue reading →

Bigger video boards, other improvements coming to the Superdome and the Smoothie King Center

Rendering provided by the New Orleans Saints -- An artist rendering of renovations to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New, larger video boards for both the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center are the most notable features of a joint $39.5 million investment in upgrades for the facilities coming over the next two years. Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is providing the bulk of the funding — $25 million — with $6 million coming… Continue reading →

Pelicans making an impression even in losses

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson shoots over Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala in the Pelicans' 103-100 win April 7 in the Smoothie King Center. Anderson scored 12 points and had nine rebounds in on of the biggest home wins of the season for the Pelicans, who host Golden State on Thursday and Saturday in the Games 3 and 4 of their NBA playoffs first-round series.

The Golden State Warriors simply appear to have held court by winning their first two NBA playoffs first-round home games against the New Orleans Pelicans. However, the odds say more, with 93.9 percent of teams who go up 2-0 advancing to the next round. The Pelicans and Warriors play Games 3 and 4 on… Continue reading →

Draymond Green growing into role as Warriors’ vocal leader

Associated Press photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez -- Golden State power forward Draymond Green celebrates after scoring against the Pelicans during the Warriors' 97-87 win Monday in Oakland, Calif.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Anybody watching the Golden State Warriors during the playoffs will see — and certainly hear — Draymond Green getting into it with opponents, teammates and even his own coaches. In Game 2 against the New Orleans Pelicans, Green got a lot of attention from fans in the arena and… Continue reading →

Pelicans coach Monty Williams questions noise level at Warriors games

SAN FRANCISCO — Pelicans coach Monty Williams suggested there might be something illegal about the crowd noise at Golden State Warriors games. The statement came during Williams’ press conference at his team’s shoot-around Monday morning at the University of San Francisco before Game 2 on Monday night. “I’m not so sure that the decibel… Continue reading →

Jrue, Justin Holiday reviving childhood rivalry

Associated Press photoby Marcio Jose Sanchez -- Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday shoots over Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut on Saturday in Oakland, Calif.

OAKLAND — Jrue and Justin Holiday didn’t always finish their one-on-one games as children. To the point that it was a lot more fun for the brothers to team up against other players. “For the most part, we tried to play on each others teams,” Jrue Holiday said. “We played with friends. But one-on-one, we… Continue reading →