1. First-game jitters
Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he was worried about his team being slow to adjust to the situation, but likely hasn’t seen a 13-point first quarter in which his team made only 5 of 21 shots. NBA games are not supposed to be settled in the first quarter, but this one was.
2. As good as advertised
The Warriors didn’t win 67 regular-season game by luck. Even when Stephen Curry and his mates weren’t at their best from 3-point range (11-for-29), their quickness to the basket left the Pelicans standing flat-footed too many times. Their interior defense didn’t allow Anthony Davis to assert himself until it was too late.
3. Missing Tyreke
Tyreke Evans went out with a knee injury early in the second quarter. Nobody else on the team can combine Evans’ playmaking and his ability to find his way to the rim. If he’s not back for Game 2 — or the rest of the series — it’s another obstacle for the Pelicans to overcome.