The Golden State Warriors really struggled most of the night in Game 3 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The final score said they only lost by nine points, but in reality, it wasn’t really that close. They were outplayed on both ends of the floor and that led to the ugly result.
One of the big reasons they struggled was because of Stephen Curry who was in his second game back from his MCL injury. He played 29 minutes but only put up 19 points, six rebounds, and two assists. He really struggled from the floor shooting 6-19 and 3-9 from downtown.
For head coach Steve Kerr, he didn’t really think it was as much to do with his hustle but more to do with how much more difficult it is to play in the second game coming back from a long layoff.
Warriors' Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry's off night in Game 3 loss to Pelicans: "The second game back [from injury] is always much tougher [than the first]. He didn't look as sharp with his movement… The energy, the legs will come. It just takes some time." pic.twitter.com/d6RdrrQWAt
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 5, 2018
“Game 2 is always the hardest one when you come back from injury. Game 1 you got the energy, you got the adrenaline your excited. The second game back is always much tougher. I just thought he didn’t look as sharp with his movement, obviously, he didn’t make his shots but more than that it was The energy, the legs will come. It just takes some time.”
Like Kerr said, the legs were a big injury for Curry and for the Warriors they need him to get his legs back sooner than later. The Pelicans proved in Game 3 that they aren’t going to just roll over and let the Warriors have this series. The Warriors are going to get the Pelicans’ best shot and they need to be ready for it.