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Klay Thompson thinks about avenging Finals loss to Cavs 'every day'

Klay Thompson thinks about avenging Finals loss to Cavs 'every day'

In case you have been living under a rock ... last year, the Warriors became the first team in NBA history to lose in the Finals after taking a 3-1 series lead.

After sweeping the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, Klay Thompson was asked how much he thought about returning to the Finals for a shot at redemption.

“Every day,” Klay told Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post. “I always thought about it. We were so close last year … a game away. I would be lying to you if I didn’t think about it all the time."

The NBA has never seen the same two teams meet in the Finals three years in a row. But if the Cavs win Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston on Thursday night, history will be made.

During the regular season, Klay averaged 22.3 points per game, while shooting just under 47 percent overall and over 41 percent from deep.

Through 12 playoff games, the three-time All-Star is averaging just 14.4 points, and is shooting around 38 percent from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc.

He is just happy that his season didn't end in the month of May.

“I’m a competitive guy. I’ve thought about it all the time. I think that’s what fueled a lot of us to stay consistent this year, is to get back to playing in June," Klay added.

Warriors vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online

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Warriors vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online

The Warriors attempt to extend their winning streak to six games when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena on Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back set.

Golden State (30-14) is coming off perhaps its best game of the season, a 142-111 beatdown of the Nuggets in which the Warriors set a new NBA record by scoring 51 points in the first quarter. With the victory, the Dubs leapfrogged Denver into first place in the Western Conference.

The Pelicans have had a relatively disappointing season, although they've been better as of late. They've won four of their last five games entering Wednesday's contest to improve to 21-23 on the year, tied for 11th in the stacked West.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Pelicans, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. 

When: 7:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (pregame coverage starts at 6:00 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game by clicking this link.

Warriors vs. Pelicans watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Pelicans watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

OAKLAND -- Less than 24 hours after their most impressive win of the season, the Warriors return to the court Wednesday night to face the New Orleans Pelicans.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 p.m. with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame. Tipoff at Oracle Arena is scheduled for 7:40.

The Warriors (30-14) returned to the top of the Western Conference on Tuesday in Denver with a rousing 142-111 rout of the Nuggets, who had been in first place. The win also extended the Warriors’ winning streak to five.

New Orleans (21-23) has been among the league’s most disappointing teams. Though star big man Anthony Davis is having a fabulous season, it has not translated to consistent team success. The Pelicans have had three losing streaks of at least four games and have not been above .500 since Nov. 23.

The teams met earlier this season, with the Warriors posting a 131-121 victory on Oct. 31 at Oracle.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C Kevon Looney
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Pelicans
G E’Twaun Moore
F Julius Randle
F Anthony Davis
G Jrue Holiday
G Elfrid Payton

INJURY REPORT

Warriors
DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles’ tendon rehab) and Damian Jones (left pectoral muscle surgery) are listed as out.

Pelicans
No injuries listed.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors
With no starter exceeding 31 minutes on Tuesday, the Warriors should be fairly well-rested for the second night of a back-to-back set. All 12 healthy players saw action.

Coach Steve Kerr likely will stay with the Curry-Durant combo sharing court time. The Warriors are 3-0 since making the move and both players are thriving.

Curry scored a game-high 37 points in the previous meeting and his career average of 25.6 per game against New Orleans is fifth-highest against any team.

Expect to see a similar defensive strategy applied to Davis as was applied to Denver’s Nikola Jokic. The Warriors will send occasional double-teams, especially inside 12 feet.

Given the pace at which the Pelicans play (sixth-fastest in the NBA), expect Kerr to make liberal use of his bench.

Pelicans
Though Davis totaled 46 points and 16 rebounds in a win Monday over the Clippers, the most effective players were Holiday (plus-24) and Randle (plus-21). Randle clearly has found a home, and Holiday has All-Star skills and is one of the three best two-way guards in the league.

PF Nikola Mirotic, replaced by Randle in the starting lineup, is in the Sixth Man role and is shooting a disappointing 34.7 percent from deep.

Moore is shooting 41.7 percent from deep, while Payton leads the team at 45.5 percent.

The Pelicans attack the offensive glass, ranking second in the NBA in that category.

Former Warrior Ian Clark, shooting 31 percent from deep and 36.1 percent overall, has fallen out of the rotation.