Pelicans confident heading into elimination game at Oracle Arena
The New Orleans Pelicans will face postseason elimination in Game 5 on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena after being throttled on their home court Sunday night, losing by a score of 118-92 to the surging Golden State Warriors.
The Pelicans obviously recognize the team faces an incredibly difficult uphill battle being down 3-1 in the series. But Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry is trying to convince the team to take a “one game at a time” approach heading into Tuesday’s win-or-go-home showdown.
More than that, Gentry is confident the Pelicans have what it takes to win in the house of horrors that is Oracle Arena. The Warriors have won 14 consecutive playoff games at home, one short of the NBA record held by the Chicago Bulls. So, it will be a difficult challenge.
One win will be all it takes, however, to conceivably get somewhat back in the series with a potential Game 6 that would be played at Smoothie King Center, Gentry believes.
“We just got to win one at Oracle,” Gentry said, via The Times-Picayune. “That’s the one we play next. That’s as far as we need to look.”
Gentry reportedly reminded the Pelicans that the team has already won at Oracle this season, although that was in the regular season — a 126-120 on April 7 in game where Stephen Curry was out — with a lot less on the line.
“Our message is, we have won there,” Gentry said. “It’s going to be a hard, hard thing to do.
“You got to go there with the understanding that you’re going to play with everything that we have. If it works out, we’re going to play (the next game) here. If not, our season is going to be over.”
The Pelicans have faced adversity all season, highlighted by losing superstar DeMarcus Cousins who last played on Jan. 26 due to a torn left Achilles that required season-ending surgery.
The team obviously persevered and will rely upon that persistence in the hopes of forcing a Game 6 in The Big Easy on Thursday.