Warriors star Curry questionable for Game 1 against Pelicans in National Basketball Association playoffs

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant looks to pass the ball under pressure from Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Jan. 20 2018 in Houston

New Orleans" third-year head coach joked Saturday after wrapping up a Round 1 sweep over Portland that his only focus in facing Golden State is "I just want to outcoach Steve Kerr.

Kerr said Curry will be monitored over the next two days to see how the knee handles the workload.

Curry has been sidelined since March 23 after sustaining a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee.

NBA's two-time Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry is on his way to Hollywood. Curry is still out with an injury. I think that's the beauty of our team, that all of us can go off and score 30 or get eight, nine assists or grab 11 rebounds. The injury caused him to miss the team's past 14 games, including their winning playoffs first round series against the San Antonio Spurs. Pelicans power forward Nikola Mirotic averaged 18 points and 9.2 boards per game to help the cause. "Why not us? Why not be able to take down the defending champions and keep moving?" And he appears fine, " he said. Golden State was without its golden boy Steph Curry, but it made little difference as Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green proved to be a big enough Big Three to put the game-but-overmatched Spurs to sleep.

Kerr always has a way to play things close to the vest.

Clark's familiarity with the Warriors' system will likely lead to him getting additional playing time in the second round, and New Orleans will need as many reliable perimeter defenders as it can find against Golden State's explosive attack.

It was hard for Clark to get consistent playing time in Golden State sitting behind All-Star guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but he's become an essential bench piece for the Pelicans in recent months.

'I would say turnovers, ' Holiday said of the most critical category for the Pelicans while facing the Warriors. "He's a competitor, so sitting out I know kills him".

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