Golden State vs New Orleans Live Draymond Green does not need to worry about Charles Barkley punching him in the face. Barkley apologized for saying such a thing, and Green said he did not take such a threat seriously anyway.
Green might need to worry about something else, though. The Warriors enter Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday with Green likely hearing many noises far more offensive and antagonistic than Barkley’s commentary.
The sixth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans are hoping to get back into their Western Conference second-round playoff series with the second-seeded Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Friday when they host them as home underdogs at the sportsbooks.
New Orleans lost the first two games at Golden State and will aim to play much better defense at home after surrendering an average of 122 points on the road.
Get live scoring updates and the complete box score from Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans:
What: Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans, Game 3
Series: Warriors lead 2-0
When: 5 p.m. PT, Friday, May 4
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
Live stream: Watch ESPN and the ESPN app
Line: GSW -5.0
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Why has Rondo seemingly gone out of his way to single out Green? The answer is two-fold. Not only does Draymond embody the toughness and persona better than any of his teammates — which makes for a natural target, but he’s the most crucial piece in Golden State’s blitzkrieg attack and strangling defensive effort.
Golden State vs New Orleans Live Online: During these 2018 playoffs, Green has been the biggest net positive on the court for the Warriors. Through seven games, they’ve been 85 points better with him on the floor than off, and his significant value has clearly been evident through the first two games of the series against the Pelicans. In Green’s 71 minutes on the court, New Orleans has averaged a mere 91.8 points per 100 possessions. During the 25 minutes, he’s spent on the bench, New Orleans offense has resembled an erupting volcano, averaging 119.7 points per 100 possessions.
If the Pelicans go down 0-3 to the Warriors, the possibility of a sweep is just on the horizon. On the bright side, the Pelicans are back on their home court and away from the deafening playoff atmosphere of the Oracle Arena.
In Game 2, four Pelicans scored at least 18 points with three players scoring at least 22 points. The offense isn’t the problem for this team. In order to have a chance in Game 3, the Pelicans have to hold the Warriors below the 47.2 shooting percentage they surrendered in Game 2 and get to the foul line more often.