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OAKLAND Vladimir Tarasenko Jersey , Calif. — The Golden State Warriors seek to go up 2-0 over the New Orleans Pelicans in their Western Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night and just might get some help in doing so.
Star point guard Stephen Curry is listed as probable in his quest to return from a 5 1/2-week absence as the Warriors go for their 14th consecutive home win in postseason play.
Riding 27 points from Klay Thompson, 26 from Kevin Durant and a stifling defense that limited the Pelicans to 40 points in the middle two quarters, the Warriors won the best-of-seven opener 123-101 on Saturday.
Curry, who had hoped to be cleared for Game 1, worked out with the club Monday.
Afterward, while insisting that no formal decision would be made until after pregame warmups Tuesday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced the team’s leading scorer would have no minutes restriction in his first game since suffering a sprained left MCL on March 23.
“It’s exciting; I’m excited,” said backcourt mate Klay Thompson, whose game-high point total and defense on Pelicans backcourt star Jrue Holiday were equally important in the Game 1 win. “I feel like a fan. I can’t wait to see him out there.
“He’s looks ready as ever.”
That’s certainly not good news for the Pelicans, as the last three times Curry returned from an injury this season he scored 38, 24 and 29 points in an average of 28.3 minutes in his first game back.
New Orleans also is seeking a different look than the one that saw Anthony Davis post his lowest point total since March 30 and Holiday his lowest since April 9. They were held to 21 and 11 points http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-jacob-trouba-jersey , respectively, in Game 1.
Davis and Holiday went to the free throw line six times and the Pelicans just 11, allowing the Warriors to enjoy a 24-9 advantage in points scored at the foul line. Golden State attempted 32 free throws.
The career-low four trips to the line was especially odd for Davis, who had averaged 9.3 in his first eight career playoff games.
“You can try to get to the foul line. It’s tough when you’re playing the world champs,” Holiday said. “Honestly, we can try all we want to. We felt like some of the calls could’ve gone our way last game; they didn’t.”
Davis has 10 rebounds to go with his 21 points, posting his fifth straight double-double this season. New Orleans eliminated Portland in the first round, becoming the first sixth seed to sweep a third seed in NBA playoff history.
New Orleans got off to a hot start in Game 1, taking as much as a 21-16 lead while shooting 60 percent in the first quarter.
But the Warriors tightened the defensive screws in the second and third periods, limiting the visitors to 16-of-51 shooting (31 percent) while running off to as many as a 31-point lead before the third period ended.
The win was the Warriors’ 25th in their last 27 meetings with the Pelicans, a run that includes a sweep in their first-round playoff matchup in 2015.
Golden State has gone 11-2 in Game 2s Gordie Howe Jersey , all at home, since the beginning of the 2015 playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers turned to offense with their first of three picks in the second round, taking USC running back Ronald Jones II.
Tampa Bay then returned to an emphasis on defense with its final two second-round picks, taking cornerbacks M.J. Stewart from North Carolina and Auburn’s Carlton Davis.
The Buccaneers closed out Friday night by picking Humboldt State guard Alex Cappa in the third round.
Tampa Bay selected Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea 12th overall during Thursday’s first round.
“We’re getting five guys that can help us either in the immediate future or some point down the road,” Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said.
Finding a running back capable of easing the burden on quarterback Jameis Winston to carry the offense was a priority addressed by Jones’ selection with the 38th overall pick.
“I can score from anywhere on the field,” Jones said. “I’ve always been a home-run threat.”
Jones rushed for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdown for USC last season. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry and scored 39 rushing TDs during his three years with the Trojans.
The Bucs haven’t made the playoffs since 2007 and haven’t won a postseason game since the franchise’s 2002 run to a Super Bowl title.
Jones said when he visited with the Bucs, “it felt like how I did when I went to USC, it just felt like home.”
Playing in the NFL and reaching the Super Bowl have long been Jones’ goals.
“I’ve got one down, got to get the other for my dad, for myself and for the organization Ibraheim Campbell Jersey ,” Jones said.
Jones’ father died when he was a sophomore in high school.
“He definitely told me that everything that glitters isn’t gold,” Jones said. “Never forget who I am, stay true to yourself. Those words from my father I never forget, they’re always echoing in my mind.”
With Brent Grimes turning 35 this summer and Vernon Hargreaves III, a first-round pick two years ago, losing his starting job last season, the Buccaneers were looking to strengthen the secondary.
Stewart has been honorable mention All-ACC players each of the past two seasons.
“I don’t want to be last, I don’t want to be second, I want to be first in everything,” Stewart, taken 53rd Aleksander Barkov Jersey , said. “I want to win. I want to compete every day. I think that’s probably my best attribute, my competitive nature.”
Tampa Bay made a trade with New England, moving down from 56th to 63rd, and added a fourth-round selection.
“I was actually kind of in a negative state where I understood my value was slipping but when I got that call it changed everything,” said Davis, picked 63rd overall. “I understood that I was getting an opportunity, I understood that this organization took a chance on a player. I have so much more to offer than what I’ve shown. I know that for a fact and I willing to prove that.”
Davis had 138 tackles and three interceptions in 38 career games.
Tampa Bay added a third-round pick, No. 94 from Minnesota, to pick Cappa.
“We thought we were going to get three good football players and we got four,” Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said. “We’re happy as we stand here tonight.”
The Buccaneers sent fourth-and-sixth round picks to the Vikings.
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