Game Preview: Pelicans vs. Warriors - November 26, 2013
In the second game of one of the most challenging back-to-back sets an NBA team can face, the New Orleans Pelicans host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday evening. On Monday, the Pelicans lost against the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs in Texas.
Arguably the NBA’s most entertaining team, the Warriors were a tough out for the Spurs during last season’s playoffs, but San Antonio eventually eliminated Golden State in six games en route to its NBA Finals date with Miami. Early in 2013-14, the Warriors were off to an excellent start, but recent injuries have contributed to them slipping a bit to 8-6. The so-called “Splash Brothers” backcourt combination of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry has been red hot, with both guards shooting over 40 percent from three-point range.
If New Orleans is to remain in playoff contention throughout the regular season, the Pelicans will need to continue to post wins on their home floor, particularly against fellow Western Conference teams. After a Nov. 5 home loss vs. West counterpart Phoenix, the Pelicans have won four straight games at home.
Tuesday’s Warriors-Pelicans game features the NBA’s three most prolific three-point shooters from 2012-13. Curry set an all-time league record last season by draining 272 shots from beyond the arc; New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson connected on 213 to finish second among all players last season. Meanwhile, Thompson was third, at 211.
Anthony Davis vs. David Lee