The Pelicans were blitzed early and often. After making some headway following an abysmal first quarter, the house came crashing down in the final minutes of the first half. Then it was announced that Tyreke Evans, who had left with a knee contusion in the second quarter, would not return to this game. In the second half, the Warriors built a lead of 25 points.
However, did the New Orleans Pelicans quit? Oh hell naw!
With 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the hobbled Pelicans were only down 11 points. Later, they would cut it to 6! Despite no Evans, a minute-restricted and not-yet-on-his-game yet Holiday and Davis with a dislocated left finger, the Pelicans found the confidence they will desperately need for the rest of this series.
Sure, the Pelicans lost the game today, but the best thing next to winning had happened. The Golden State Warriors gave the Pelicans the gift of hope heading into Game 2. Just like fans have seen New Orleans give lesser opponents second and third chances (and it often came back to haunt the Pels), the Warriors did the exact same thing.
For the game, Anthony Davis led the way thanks to a huge second half: 35 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Not to be out done, Quincy Pondexter also put up a nice statistical line of 20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 threes.
Stay tuned for the full recap coming up in a bit. The Pelicans lost Game 1, but I'm already eager for Game 2. As long as Tyreke Evans' injury isn't serious, New Orleans should be ready to play basketball like we know they're capable of from the tip.