New Orleans coach Monty Williams plans to emphasize the Pelicans playing like the San Antonio Spurs during a first-round playoff series against the Warriors.
Asked on his radio show Thursday if there were any teams did well against the Warriors he would draw inspiration from, Williams identified the Spurs and noted they had won the season series against Golden State.
“We actually learned a lot from the Spurs before we played Golden State,” Williams said of the regular season. “Pop talked to me about a few things that we can do to help our chances against them. He actually did it in an interview, and I just happened to be listening, and we tried those things.
“Now, are we the Spurs? No. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do the things that are Spurs-like, and we’ve tried to implement some of those things in our attack. And we’re going to talk about them every day as we go through this series.”
Williams played for coach Gregg Popovich and later served as a Spurs coaching staff intern.