Mavs have a plan for Chandler Parsons' mins
Chandler Parsons | DAL
(April 18, 2015 8:10 PM EDT)
Coach Rick Carlisle said "there's a plan in place" for Chandler Parsons' playing time on Saturday.
Parsons said his conditioning isn't up to par, so we're not expecting him to play more than 30 minutes in his first game back. He's going to start and should still be able to put up a decent line against his former team.
Source:
Earl Sneed on Twitter
Dwight Howard expected to play more
Dwight Howard | HOU
(April 18, 2015 7:49 PM EDT)
Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.
Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey.
Source:
Earl Sneed on Twitter
Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
Stephen Curry | GS
(April 18, 2015 7:17 PM EDT)
Stephen Curry scored 34 points during a 106-99 Game 1 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
He had 13 attempts from deep and snapped a six-game streak of making at least 45 percent from that range heading into today. The Warriors looked like they were going to have one of their patented blowouts with a fast start in the third quarter, but credit the Pelicans for not going away. Now that Curry will be logging big minutes more often, expect him to have plenty of 30-point games.
Draymond Green flirts with a 5x5 in win
Draymond Green | GS
(April 18, 2015 7:11 PM EDT)
Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet against the Pelicans on Saturday with 15 points, 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.
Up until the last five minutes of the game, Green did a great job on Anthony Davis. Green only played 30.3 minutes per game in March and April, so he's clearly set for a major bump in playing time. He had his coming out party in the postseason last year and he could take yet another big step forward this time around.
Klay Thompson scores 21 points in Game 1
Klay Thompson | GS
(April 18, 2015 7:08 PM EDT)
Klay Thompson scored 21 points against the Pelicans on Saturday with one rebound, three assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.
He missed two clutch free throws late, which statistically only has a 1.4 percent chance of happening based on his season free throw percentage of 87.9. The Warriors only made 61.8 percent from the line today, which is well below their season average of 76.8 percent. Thompson didn't have a great game, but his teammates picked him up. It'll be the other way around at some point in this postseason.
Shaun Livingston gets in the rotation
Shaun Livingston | GS
(April 18, 2015 7:03 PM EDT)
Shaun Livingston played 13 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday with two points and one turnover.
Most of the talk heading into this game was that Livingston wasn't going to be in the rotation while Marreese Speights would be, but coach Steve Kerr gave the versatile perimeter guy some minutes. We'll see if that continues, but he obviously won't play more than 20 minutes unless there is a lot of garbage time.
Andrew Bogut double-doubles in 30 minutes
Andrew Bogut | GS
(April 18, 2015 6:57 PM EDT)
Andrew Bogut played 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday with 12 points, 14 boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks.
His help defense was great at times and his presence in the paint on both ends is huge for the Warriors. Bogut only played 23.6 minutes per game in the regular season, but he'll see his minutes rise to 30 now. Subsequently, Marreese Speights could play less and was essentially out of the rotation today.
Playoff Brow Engaged: Anthony Davis scores 35
Anthony Davis | NO
(April 18, 2015 6:53 PM EDT)
Anthony Davis' terrific game wasn't enough against the Warriors during a 106-99 loss on Saturday, scoring 35 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks.
He scored 20 points in 12 fourth-quarter minutes and his advanced stats were truly awesome. In that frame, he had a true shooting percentage of 79.1, a usage rate of 42.8 and a net rating of 44.0, which made this game fairly close after it looked to be over in the third. The Pelicans need to give him the ball more or else they'll be out of the playoffs in four games. That's even more true with Tyreke Evans (knee) suffering a knee injury.
Tyreke Evans 'felt a little pop' in his knee
Tyreke Evans | NO
(April 18, 2015 6:42 PM EDT)
Tyreke Evans (knee) said he "felt a little pop" in his left knee on Saturday and will have an MRI Saturday night.
Coach Monty Williams said this is a new injury for Evans. The Pelicans were just starting to get healthy, but now they might be without their top scoring guard. If he's out, Norris Cole would likely draw the start unless the team wants to lift Jrue Holiday's minutes limit. We'll look for the results on the MRI later today.
Source:
Marc Stein on Twitter
Eric Gordon scores 16 points vs. Warriors
Eric Gordon | NO
(April 18, 2015 6:39 PM EDT)
Eric Gordon scored 16 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and five turnovers in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.
Gordon was coming in red hot from deep, making 48.0 percent from beyond the arc in April to get him to averages of 15.2 points, 2.0 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.7 treys. Anthony Davis will be commanding a ton of double teams, so EJ will have plenty of chances for open looks in this series. Plus, if Tyreke Evans (knee) is out, Gordon will have a higher usage rate with more off-the-dribble stuff, too.

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