The New Orleans Pelicans produced a high scoring fourth quarter to leave the Oracle Arena with just a seven-point loss in Game One of their NBA Playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.
In truth though Monty Williams' team were well beaten by the Western Conference's number one seeds who continued their road to the Larry O'Brien Trophy in confident style.
Speaking in the run up to Game Two tonight, Williams must be frustrated at not being able to be take on the Warriors backed by his own supporters after making a rather bizarre claim about Golden State's arena.
"I'm not sure the decibel level is legal," the Pelicans head coach said in Monday morning practice. "And I'm serious."
"They've done studies on that. For the competition committee, there's got to be something to that. It does get a little out of hand."
We sincerely hope that Williams' comments are tongue in cheek, nevertheless though the intense atmosphere that greeted he and his players has left a lasting effect on him.
Making themselves heard
But what did Williams expect? It was Game One of the NBA Playoffs, Golden State fans were not about to let his number eight seeds come to their house and take control.
Indeed Warriors fans will be spurred on by the fact that they, and their loudness, played a part in getting their team a W - and are clearly still affecting the Pelicans head coach ahead of tonight's clash.
The venue themselves, or their official Twitter account at least, have already taken to social media to mock the comments.
Klay Thompson meanwhile, one of the Warriors key men if they are to make an assault at the NBA title in the coming weeks, said the atmosphere at Oracle Arena has actually been louder in the past.
The Pelicans will hope to get a result to tie the series up at 1-1 this evening otherwise Game Three, even in the safety of their New Orleans arena, may prove a mountain too tall to climb. Unless the noise police have intervened by then of course.
With only a few hours to go it is only a matter of time until we see (and hear) whether the Golden State fan base can get even louder.
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