Finally, New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry has a reason to smile. That’s after his Pelicans took down the Golden State Warriors for the first time in the series with a 119-100 victory on Friday at home to cut down the Warriors’ series lead in half. Interestingly enough, even Warriors mentor Steve Kerr sounded happy of the success of Gentry’s team.
Speaking in front of reporters during the postgame presser, Kerr joked about the lengthy time it took for Gentry to finish talking about Game 3.
"Alvin took long enough. He was happy with that win, he couldn't stop talking." 😂 pic.twitter.com/oS4FYKusgO
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“Alvin took long enough. He’s happy with that win. He could not stop talking. I’m sitting at the locker room waiting to get in here, and he took forever. He should be happy. They played really well.”
Truly, Gentry should be happy with the way his men chopped down Golden State. Anthony Davis poured in 33 points to go with a monster total of 18 boards with four steals and three assists to boot. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo weaved his magic anew, as the veteran point guard scattered 21 assists in the game while also grabbing 10 rebounds in a masterclass when it comes to running the offense.
Altogether, the Pelicans shot 50 percent from the field, and they will be looking to carry that into Game 4 as they try to even the series up.
The Pelicans are now 6-0 in their last six home games dating back to the regular season.
Gentry and Kerr are close to each other, as the former served under the latter for a year (2014-15) as part of the Warriors’ coaching staff.