Kevin Durant had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the Golden State Warriors in a 123-101 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. After missing plenty of games because of a sprained knee, Durant superbly played like the way he performed before. Durant also played for 31 minutes.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Warriors are significantly in need of the presence of Durant for their chemistry to be restored. Durant will be needed especially if the Warriors will play the San Antonio Spurs and even against the Cleveland Cavaliers, assuming that the Warriors and Cavs are in the finals again.
Though Durant played well, the Warriors didn’t have Stephen Curry who had a left knee contusion. With Durant in the roster, the Warriors are more flexible on their offense without relying to heavily on Curry and Klay Thompson. Absolutely, the return of Durant will provide significant boost to the the entire team.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans played a depleted lineup without their “twin tower” Anthony Davis, sore left knee, and DeMarcus Cousins, right achilles tendinitis.
Quinn Cook had 22 points for the Pelicans while Alexis Ajinca added 17 points and six rebounds. Jrue Holiday contributed 10 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
The Warriors will play the Utah Jazz on April 11. Absolutely, the Warriors will have again the homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.