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April 20, 2015 Updates

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. McLemore designated Saint John’s Program for Real Change, which intends to buy a 15-passenger van to take homeless kids currently without transportation to and from school. The winner will be chosen by NBA judges and fan votes. The window for voting is April 20-27. This can be done with a post on Twitter, an NBA Facebook account, or an Instagram post by using the hashtags #NBACommunityAssist and #BenMcLemore. Cowbell Kingdom

Even amidst this first-round challenge against the Golden State Warriors that even Russell's Boston Celtics would have found daunting, Davis found himself picturing the possibilities when he stumbled upon a black-and-white image of one of the game's greats. "I'm more focused on Golden State, what they're trying to do to stop us and what we're trying to do to stop them," Davis told USA TODAY Sports. "But you do think about Bill Russell and what he did here, what he did for the league. He led the way for guys like us today. "I went in the Bill Russell Room, and me and (a Pelicans media relations official) were saying (as they looked at the picture) that he looks so much younger. He and I were in the same predicament. It's just cool when you see something like that." USA Today Sports

If only because it reminded Davis of where he wants to go. "When you mention basketball or NBA and you talk about greatest players, I definitely want to be in that conversation," Davis continued. "You mention Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, all those guys. I want to be in that conversation." USA Today Sports

The mayor of Oakland and the mayor of New Orleans made a friendly bet Friday on the outcome of the playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans, the mayor's office said. The mayor of the city with the winning team will receive some of the other city's best goods after the seven-game series ends May 3. "After a thrilling regular season, we're pulling for the Splash Brothers, Coach Kerr, and the rest of this dynamic team to bring a title home to Oakland," Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. Contra Costa Times

April 19, 2015 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans have listed Tyreke Evans as questionable for Game 2 of their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night with a bone bruise in his left knee. Evans underwent an MRI ‎exam Saturday night after suffering a bruised left knee in a first-half collision with Golden State's Andre Iguodala. Sources told ESPN.com that the exam revealed no structural damage. Evans addressed reporters Sunday before the Pelicans' practice at the University of San Francisco and was optimistic, describing himself as a game-time decision despite the fact that he was planning to do very little at the practice session beyond receiving treatment. ESPN.com

"It's a great challenge," Green told USA TODAY Sports about facing Davis. "Obviously you don't always get a chance to line up against an All-Star, an All-NBA player, so when you do, you take that challenge head on. I was definitely excited about the challenge and idea of playing him possibly seven games. You want to get the better of that match-up. He's a great player, so I look forward to (the match-up)." USA Today Sports

When Bogut was asked to discuss whether Davis' late outburst was the product of his improved play in the fourth or the Warriors' collective relaxation when they held a huge lead, he smiled and said, "Yeah, I wouldn't go that far. I'm not going to give them any bulletin board material — nice loaded question, by the way (laughter all around). He's going to get his points. We're not going to keep Anthony Davis to zero points or five points. He's going to get his numbers. He's an All-Star. He's one of the best players in the league. ... He's a top five player in this league, up there with LeBron and those guys." On the topic of Davis having just one rebound through three quarters: "Yeah, I can't really comment too much about that," Bogut said, as if the Warriors' efforts had nothing to do with it. "We do a great job on the boards, (but) I'm not sure. He was floating around on the perimeter a whole lot more, so maybe that's why." USA Today Sports

April 18, 2015 Updates

Can you talk about when you were coming out? It seemed like the Pelicans would chop down leads, and when you came back in you would make a shot to kind of get everything back in order for the Warriors. Did you feel like you had on each of those occasions to do something when you came back in the game the way things were going? STEPHEN CURRY: I was locked in and focused the whole night. I think in those situations you obviously want to get the crowd back into it and there is a weird kind of tension. Especially in the second half is when they made a couple runs. But in the playoffs, you’ve got to expect anything. Whenever you’re on the floor, just try to make an impact. Obviously, if an opening comes or a shot is there and available, they’ll be able to take it. And we knocked down a couple and get us going, and got our crowd back into it, and we fed off that energy. San Jose Mercury-News

Stephen Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy performance, and the Golden State Warriors went up big before holding off the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99 in their playoff opener Saturday. Klay Thompson added 21 points, and Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut dominated down low as the Warriors looked every bit like the NBA's top seed — at least for three quarters. They smothered Anthony Davis and the Pelicans with the league's best defense, thrilling a gold shirt-wearing sellout crowd of 19,596 that rocked and roared all afternoon. USA Today Sports

 

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