OAKLAND – Stephen Curry already knows what he's going to do on Sunday, if not Saturday night.
He's going to closely examine the 3-point defense he faced in the Warriors' 106-99 win over New Orleans on Saturday afternoon at Oracle Arena.
Though the Warriors shot 37.9 percent from beyond the arc (11 of 29), Curry managed only 30.8 percent on 4-of-13 shooting. He had been the hottest bomber in the NBA lately, shooting 57.3 percent (67 of 117) over his final 14 games.
"We've got to create – we've got to find a way to create good 3-point opportunities by moving the ball and setting screens for each other," Curry said. "We did that well in the first half.
"The key for us, and the takeaway that I got from my individual game is there are possessions where you think you have an advantage, maybe an iso mismatch or something like that, where you're taught to really try to close that space.
"To settle for jump shots in that situation might not be beneficial for us."
The Warriors pounded the paint in the first half, outscoring New Orleans 36-18, with 14 of their 24 baskets coming on layups or dunks. The Pelicans adjusted, though, and outscored the Warriors 24-14 in the paint over the final two quarters.
"We were second in the league in points in the paint," coach Steve Kerr said, referring to the first-half success.
The Pelicans used their length to contest 3-pointers, which put the Warriors in the position of firing it up anyway or driving it toward the rim or slipping a pass to someone who could get to the bucket.
There were times when, frankly, they seemed to have trouble deciding. Curry often took the ball to the rack, which is how he scored a team-high 34 points.
"If we ever get into penetration and kickout, somebody's going to find an open shot," Curry said. "That's going to be important for us the whole series."
When Anthony Davis, the league's best shot-blocker is chasing someone on the perimeter the middle becomes open. Or at least it did in Game 1.
"I'll look at the film," Curry said. "But those are situations where we got in trouble a little bit, where they press up on the line. We can still get around to the paint and find a way to get to the basket, make it to the foul line a little more and make more (free throws) than we did."
The Warriors shot 61.8 percent (21 of 34) from the line. Curry, who led the league in free throw shooting (91.4 percent), shot 57.1 percent (4 of 7) from the stripe on Saturday.