The Warriors (57-22) play their final home game during the regular season when they take on the Pelicans (45-34), who are in a crazy battle for a playoff spot in the final week of the season. New Orleans is in a three-way tie with San Antonio and Oklahoma City for the fifth playoff spot. The Pelicans are one of six teams battling for five postseason spots — Minnesota and Denver are just a half-game behind the three teams jammed in the No. 5 spot.
New Orleans, which finishes the season against the Clippers and Spurs, is coming off a 122-103 win Friday night in Phoenix. Anthony Davis poured in 33 points for the Pelicans.
The Warriors, who were dealt an embarrassing 126-106 loss by the Pacers on Thursday, have the second-seed locked up and finish the regular season with road games at Phoenix (Monday) and Utah (Tuesday).
The Warriors could conceivably face New Orleans in the first round, which may be a desirable matchup considering Golden State has beaten the Pels 10 straight times and 20 of the last 21 times they’ve met.
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Here are the projected starting lineups:
C JaVale McGee
PF Draymond Green
SF Kevin Durant
SG Klay Thompson
PG Quinn Cook
C Anthony Davis
PF Nikola Mirotic
SF E’Twaun Moore
SG Jrue Holiday
PG Rajon Rondo
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Shop: ShopWarriorsworld.net https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaIQDX0VAAA17AU.jpgMcCutchen stuns Dodgers, caps off career day at the plate with walkoff home run bayareane.ws/2qk1OHx https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaPDvcRW0AA-1K7.jpgA’s offense backs up Andrew Triggs’ solid outing in win over Angels bayareane.ws/2GGcHOJ https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaPH5QPWAAApYYm.jpgDarnell Hillman, Dr Dunk https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaPM-AOX0AALIvR.jpg😂 twitter.com/tweezaintshitt…Chris Paul looks back, sees Westbrook, sticks his *** out to initiate the contact. The Rockets are a terrible team… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…Here are the NBA playoff probabilities. twitter.com/jacobegoldstei…Warriors waive Omri Casspi to make room for Quinn Cook bayareane.ws/2JshgddDraymond Green says Warriors are comfortable with Quinn Cook as their starting point guard bayareane.ws/2H4aL1G via @mercnews Draymond Green says Warriors are comfortable with Quinn Cook as their starting point guard bayareane.ws/2H4aL1G via @mercnews Warriors fall short in a possible first-round preview to New Orleans in what marked the team’s second consecutive loss. Afterwards, the Warriors still expressed optimism heading into the postseason bayareane.ws/2GFtHEEStory on Johnny Manziel’s first game in 832 days, updated with his quotes. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id…“There is a certain spirituality he brings to the basketball team. He makes everyone better” – @uograd66 talking ab… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…@KleinschmidtJD This guy has three open tweets. Two of them are being angry at Bill Russell. He’s beyond help.None of this is surprising. Warriors waived Omri Casspi eventually to make a roster move for Quinn Cook, which will… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…Casspi attempted 22 3ptrs in 53 games this season. YIKESSeen an email. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaPAEAwVMAI2K3I.jpgNone of this is surprising. Warriors waived Omri Casspi eventually to make a roster move for Quinn Cook, which will likely be done on Tuesday. Casspi was the casualty because of his injuries & Kerr’s want to have various options in frontcourt for matchup purposes in playoffs.Get a closer look at tonight’s game as the Dubs head to Phoenix for their final matchup with the Suns.
Guy just stopped shooting 3s… weird weird yr for him twitter.com/anthonyvslater…Warriors waive Omri Casspi https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaO8h73UwAAp3un.jpgWarriors waive Omri Casspi https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaO8h73UwAAp3un.jpgOmri Casspi has just been waived, the Warriors announced.Warriors just announced that they’ve waived Omri Casspi.Warriors waived Omri Casspi tonightWarriors waive Omri Casspi https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaO8h73UwAAp3un.jpgThe Warriors have lost all five of Kevin Durant’s highest scoring games this season:
– Jan. 10 vs Clippers = 40 po… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…Despite some big performances, the Dubs couldn’t get it done against a red-hot Pelicans offense. on.nba.com/2qdwBFKThere’s a whole lot of possibilities remain for the #Pelicans entering the final two games. A rundown:
theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sp…One lucky member of #DubNation took home $50k thanks to @HornitosTequila 👀🏀 #AShotWorthTaking
Updated Western Conference standings after wins by New Orleans, Denver, San Antonio and Oklahoma City; losses by Portland and LA Clippers.
Pels hold on to No. 5 spot in a wild day out West, only a half-game behind the Utah Jazz for the No. 4 seed. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaOwcLNU0AET5eg.jpgRajon Rondo and Anthony Davis were on the same page and connected on the impressive long range alley-oop in tonight… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…When asked if DeAndre Jordan will play Monday, #Clippers coach Doc Rivers said – “I don’t know. I’ll ask him. I’m g… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…Draymond finds it “interesting” with the West playoff jockeying. Draymond: “As a basketball fan, it’s fun to watch. As a player, kind of not being sure of who you’re going to play and the coaching staff, it’s been tough.”
Nah apologize for your Pistons making playoffs comment ha twitter.com/blessedtaft/st…Kevin Durant on challenges New Orleans face The best plays from a big night for the #Pelicans 🎥 This is exactly why I can’t stand watching James Harden play. Steph Curry will be with the team on its trip to Phoenix and Utah so he can continue his rehab workThat postgame interview with Cutch was lowkey awkward.Draymond Green on the value of facing New Orleans considering Pelicans could be a first-round matchup Updated Western Conference standings after wins by New Orleans, Denver, San Antonio and Oklahoma City; losses by Portland and LA Clippers.
Pels hold on to No. 5 spot in a wild day out West, only a half-game behind the Utah Jazz for the No. 4 seed. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaOuCKpVAAAjXFp.jpgSnapshots from tonight’s win.
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#DoItBig https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaOv02pVMAAp3Yc.jpgWarriors Sound update after Fan Night at Oracle Arena with game vs. Suns in Phoenix set for Sunday –… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…Pelicans end losing streak against Warriors, improve standing in playoff race s.nola.com/il41i9ZFINAL: Warriors 120, Pelicans 126 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaOup18UMAAsXki.jpgThank God Longoria didn’t get a chance to batHuge thank you to @Adobe for helping us celebrate #DubNation tonight! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaOuM5wVMAAeTVD.jpgLeggggggo @TheCUTCH22 Final 📊 –
Davis – 34 p | 12 r | 4 a | 2 s | 4 b
Mirotić – 28 p | 6 r | 4 a | 3 s
Holiday – 25 p | 5 r | 6 a | 4 s
Moore – 15 p | 7 a
Rondo – 12 p | 4 r | 17 a | 2 s
Miller – 8 p | 1 s
Diallo – 4 p | 3 r | 1 b
Hill – 4 r | 1 a | 1 s
#DoItBig Last day of the season has potential to be 🔥🔥🔥🔥…
Portland/Utah for 3 seed
Pelicans/Spurs for 5 seedThe Pelicans won for the first time at Oracle Arena since 2012OKC has already beat Houston and it looks like San Antonio is in the verge of beating Portland. Regardless, Pelicans will be the No. 5 seed by the end of the night with two games left on the schedule.The Brow comes up BIG in the @PelicansNBA 126-120 victory over Golden State! 🔥 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaOp6cOW4AA8qHE.jpgFeels like a good time to remind everyone… #Pelicans playoff tickets are ON SALE NOW!
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#DoItBig https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaOrPOoU8AA-k7N.jpgCoach @AlvinGentry is live with the media following tonight’s victory over the Warriors!
Watch at pelicans.com/live or the Pelicans app. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaOp-BxV4AU229R.jpgKerr said you can tell which teams are fighting for their season. He said the Warriors’ season starts Wed.Salute my guy @PaTTTurn the wizard. Greatest hoop trainer out twitter.com/sfchronicle/st…I’m at the Avs-Blues game with St. Louis fans. Help.#Pelicans erase a 10-game regular season losing streak to Golden State (14 including playoffs)…Last win at ORACLE… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…#Pelicans earn a crucial win in their bid to reach #NBA playoffs, besting Warriors 126-120 at Golden State, despite… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…Two-game losing streak aside, Steve Kerr isn’t worried about team’s readiness entering the postseason
Steve Kerr said he’ll probably give Andre Iguodala the day off tomorrow night in Phoenix, which is consistent with his pregame message.Steve Kerr praised the Warriors fight tonight and remains confident in the team going forward: “We’re going to have new life when the playoffs start.”The big man, @AntDavis23 , joins @JenHale504 after knocking the @PelicansNBA magic number down to 1!
Steve Kerr’s game recap: “I thought our fight was much better in the second half… but the first half hurt us.”It appears the #Pelicans receive no help today (wins by SAS, OKC, DEN), but it doesn’t matter because they helped themselves.
Pels need one win in final two games to clinch a playoff spot.The Warriors probably have more turnovers than buckets out of their backcuts with the ball in the post in the last 2 monthsYes, YB has kept me abreast twitter.com/joemaiorana6/s…Final 📊
Kevin – 41p/10r/5a
Quinn – 21p/7a
Klay – 18p/4r
Draymond – 11p/10r/9a
Kevon – 10p/6r/2a
Nick – 8p/4r
David – 6p/2a
Andre – 4p/3r/5aKevin Durant has his fourth 40-point game this season and first 40-point/10-rebound performance (19th career) with… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…Onward. #DubNation
It’s impossible to overstate how crucial Jrue Holiday was to the #Pelcians in the fourth quarter.
He led the offense, connected from midrange and 3, and covered Kevin Durant in the final minutes, the only guy to slow him down in the second half.Hustling a game closer to the clinch!