Prior to their second-round showdown with the Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis said he was confident that they could beat the defending champions.
After Saturday night's game one, this looks extremely unlikely as the Warriors secured a dominant victory to open the series.
The Dubs enjoyed a 123-101 win in front of their home fans at Oracle Arena and once again sent out a strong message that they'll take some beating again this year.
Even though Stephen Curry was kept out of the game, the Pelicans proved to be no match for the champs.
With the two-time MVP still out of the lineup, the Warriors' Swiss Army Knife Draymond Green took it upon himself to be the team's facilitator and de facto point guard.
Green did a bit of everything and ended up with an impressive triple-double of 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. He also added three steals and two blocks.
It proved to be a historic performance from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. This was his fourth triple-double in the postseason, passing Tom Gola for most in Warriors franchise history.
Golden State is now 26-0 when the 28-year-old posts a triple-double and 4-0 in the playoffs.
This was his third straight game with double-digit rebounds and he has helped the team raise its level on the defensive end.
"The bottom line is he almost had a triple-double by halftime. That's not a good situation for us," Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said, per ESPN.
With his hustle and energy, the three-time All-Star helped to ignite a huge second quarter that saw the Oakland-based outfit open up a big lead as they outscored New Orleans 41-21 in the period.
"If we can push the tempo and try to get stuff in transition that's big for us, so that was key and obviously that starts with stops," Green said.
After his form took a slight dip in the regular season, Draymond has been back to his influential best in the playoffs.
In six games, he's almost averaging a triple-double with 12.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game.
Klay Thompson led them in scoring with 27 points and Kevin Durant added a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds.
The men from the Bay Area are starting to hit their championship level and with Curry still to come back, that should be a worrying sign for the rest of the league.
The two-time MVP is expected to return in game two which will make the Pelicans' task that much harder.
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