As Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry continues to enjoy his team's playoff run, he's suddenly confronted with a familiar group.
The Golden State Warriors, where Gentry served as an assistant in their 2014-'15 championship season, defeated the Spurs 4-1 to meet them in the second round.
Gentry, in an extensive interview with Marc Spears of The Undefeated, including his thoughts on whether Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry might be absent or limited in several games. The Pelicans announced Monday they'd pick up Gentry's third-year option for the 2018-'19 season.
Alvin Gentry earned his way to at least one more season on the New Orleans Pelicans’ bench.
Below are several excerpts from the interview:
ON STEPHEN CURRY'S INJURY SITUATION
"I don’t know a lot about it. I know Steph. If there is any way he can play he will play, and I kind of laughed at the people that say, ‘Well, he is going to be a little bit rusty.’ I want to tell them, just remember now, the last time he sat out seven games I think he came back and had 39 in the next game. So the rust doesn’t settle very good on Steph."
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ON THE NEW ORLEANS PLAYOFF ATMOSPHERE
"It’s exciting because you know a lot about this town, obviously. And you know they love their sports teams. It’s been a football town for so long because of the Saints, and we’re getting a lot of play. The last two crowds we’ve had for our two home games have been unbelievable. When you walk around the town now, there’s so many people that are locked in and so invested in our team. It’s fun being around here."
RONDO THE COACH?
"He is going to be a great coach. I think he’ll be a hell of a head coach in this league. I don’t have any doubt about that one."
Alvin Gentry heard all the boos.
WILL ANTHONY DAVIS GUARD KEVIN DURANT?
"Everybody on our team will guard Durant because he’s that kind of player. It’s a good situation. You’re talking about two of the top five players in the league. I think both of them are real competitive. ... That battle will be good, and then you just look at it. I think some kind of way you’ve got to take away some of this great shooting that they have."
The Pelicans and Warriors will face off in Game 1 of their second round series on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (CST, TNT) in Oracle Arena. The Warriors went 3-1 against the Pelicans this season, winning the first three games before losing to New Orleans on April 7. The Pelicans are currently on a nine-game winning streak, including that Warriors game, the longest such streak of any team in the playoffs.
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The Warriors and Pelicans also met the last time the Pelicans made the playoffs (2015). The Warriors swept that first-round series 4-0, en route to their first of three consecutive NBA Finals appearances and two NBA championships.
For the full report from The Undefeated, click here.