Golden State has Draymond Green, the guy likely to win (and my pick for) Defensive Player of the Year. His versatility and strength allows him to guard effectively positions one through four.
He’s done a good job on Anthony Davis through two games — Davis has 18 points on 18 shots when Green is on him. Anyone else and Davis eats their lunch.
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The Pelicans have been game in their first round series against heavily favorited Golden State, and the Warriors had to work for their wins. In this PBT Extra I suggest to Jenna Corrado if the Pelicans are going to steal a game at home in this series, they are going to need to get Davis some help — someone else to put up efficient points. Eric Gordon has put up more than 19 points a game this series, and he’s hit his threes, but he’s been turnover prone and inefficient.
With Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday banged up, I’m not sure who it will be. The Warriors have done a good job limiting Ryan Anderson. But the Pelicans need someone else to step up. Because we know at some point Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will.
There are two Game 2s in the NBA Playoffs first round Monday night, and we have some guard updates for both of them.
For the Bulls, guard Kirk Hinrich is out again, reports PBT’s own Sean Highkin. Hinrich is battling an ongoing knee issue and missed game one.
From the Bulls’ perspective, what’s the rush to bring him back? Chicago should be able to beat Milwaukee handily without him. When the Bulls will need him is the second round, very likely against Cleveland. Rest him now, get him as healthy as he can be for when he is needed.
For the Pelicans, Jrue Holiday expects to play but we may not see Tyreke Evans, reports John Reid at the Times-Picayune. Officially, they are both listed as questionable.
”Tyreke and Jrue are pretty much in the same situation,” Williams said before Monday’s shootaround at the University of San Francisco. ”Tyreke is going to be a game-time decision and we’ll wait to see how they feel after this morning and probably before the game.”
”I’m all right, I’m going to make it,” Holiday said before Monday’s shootaround.
The Pelicans need more out of their guards to have a shot in this series. Too often in Game 1 — particularly early on — the New Orleans guards lost Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson off the ball and paid a serious price.
The Pelicans were gamers on Saturday in their first ever playoff series. They were getting blown out, down 25 in the third but fought back to make it interesting in the end, falling to Golden State 106-99.
They did all that without Tyreke Evans — and he may be out for a while.
With just more than five minutes left in the second quarter, Evans collided with Andre Iguodala and the Pelicans’ guard injured his knee. He did not return to the game with what was officially called a bruised left knee.
However, to hear Evans talk after the game it sounds like more than that. From John Reid at the Times-Picayune.
“We were coming down and banged knees real hard,” Evans said. ”I felt like a little pop or snap. I don’t know what it is, but I will get an MRI (Saturday night) and I’ll see.”
That’s not good. Evans is set to have an MRI on Sunday.
Evans averaged 16.6 points and 6.6 assists this year for the Pelicans, becoming the primary ball handler with Jrue Holiday out injured. If Evans has to miss time, the Pelicans have Holiday back to lean on again, plus we likely would see more Norris Cole.
Not that this would change the ultimate outcome of the series, but the Pelicans are less dangerous without him — this season the Pelican’s offense drops 6.8 points per 100 possessions when Evans is on the bench.