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And I mean that with all due respect to the New Orleans Pelicans. "So that is the confidence we have to have to win a championship".

Thompson hailed Curry's mental strength as he hailed the two-time MVP's ability to toughen it out through a hard period on the sidelines.

The opening game of the Western Conference semi-finals between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans went to the dubs in blowout fashion.

So while the Pelicans' breakneck style mostly worked during the regular season, when they played the league's fastest pace - 102.73 possessions per game, compared to the Warriors' fifth-best mark of 101.5 - Game 1 was a clear sign that it isn't likely to work now. "The plan is to return Tuesday, but ultimately it's up to the training staff".

Head coach Steve Kerr also chimed in.

"When great players like that leave the game from an injury and come back, I expect him to be who he is".

"You've been out five weeks, and we're playing in the playoffs".

"I think he's the one that actually got me thinking it's just one game", Davis said.

When he returns in the playoffs, however, Curry has only one goal.

"He has one of the best mental make-ups I've been around too". The Spurs, after all, were without both Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich.

New Orleans got off to a hot start in Game 1, taking as much as a 21-16 lead while shooting 60 percent in the first quarter.

Numbers really didn't measure the impact Warriors reserve Kevon Looney had on Game 1. Holiday and Nikola Mirotic (18.3 points, 9.5 rebounds) gave franchise centerpiece Anthony Davis the support he needed. We were able to keep an eye on him while we were going through our own work.

Curry returned to practice last week.

That's the word of warning from Curry's team-mate Klay Thompson. We know what we are capable of doing. The Warriors lost all three of those games.

But moving Green to the five defensively without him skipping a beat puts the Warriors on a level the Pelicans will be hard-pressed to match in this series. He rarely squanders them.

In an interview with reporters at the Warriors practice today as embedded below, Kerr indicated that Steph Curry is officially listed as probable for Game 2.