Preview: Pelicans at Warriors
Klay Thompson began the season in a massive shooting slump, but it only took one game to break out in a big way. Thompson will try to follow up a record-breaking performance as the Golden State Warriors return home to host the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
Thompson, who went 5-of-36 from beyond the arc in the first six games, buried an NBA-record 14 3-pointers and scored 52 points in a 149-124 win at the Chicago Bulls on Monday. “It’s the best feeling,” Thompson told reporters of finding his shooting stroke. “Something I haven’t felt in the first six, seven games. To snap out of a slump with the record, I couldn’t ask for a better way to do it. And I’m just going to continue this momentum on Wednesday, and it’s one of the best feelings in basketball when you touch the ball and feel like it’s going in every time.” The Pelicans might have to stop Golden State without their best defender if star forward Anthony Davis (elbow) is forced to miss a third straight game. New Orleans got off to a 4-0 start with Davis leading the way but dropped the last two contests without him in the lineup.
TV: 10:30 p.m. FS New Orleans, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State)
ABOUT THE PELICANS (4-2): New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry refused to blame the absence of his superstar for a 116-111 loss at Denver on Monday in which his team turned the ball over 22 times. “I don’t think it’s ever understandable to turn the ball over 22 times,” Gentry told reporters. “I think what happened is that some of our turnovers came because we were trying to play in really tight, confined spaces. Against that team, you can’t do that.” Five of those turnovers belonged to reserve power forward Julius Randle, who otherwise played a solid game with 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (7-1): Golden State leads the NBA in team field-goal percentage (52.3) and assists (29.6), and coach Steve Kerr remains in awe of the unselfish nature of his team.” I can’t even tell you how lucky I am and how I feel every night just watching these guys and how unselfish they are,” Kerr told reporters. “They basically take turns, they encourage each other, they want each other to do well, and we have all this talent, but the key is these guys are committed to each other, they play hard for each other, and they want each other to have success, and that’s why it works, and it’s been amazing to be along for the ride.” Thompson broke the record of 13 set on Nov. 7, 2016 by teammate Stephen Curry, who went 13-of-17 in a 116-106 home win over New Orleans.
1. Pelicans PG Elfrid Payton (ankle) sat out Monday and is day-to-day.
2. Warriors PG Shaun Livingston (foot) missed the last two games and is questionable to play Wednesday.
3. The teams are meeting for the first time since Golden State knocked New Orleans out 4-1 in last season’s Western Conference semifinals.