NEW ORLEANS – Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry threw up his hands numerous times after Stephen Curry made plays during a 53-point Saturday night.
Gentry last season turned the Warriors into the NBA’s highest-scoring offense. On this night, he was dumbfounded as to why his Pelicans players weren’t able to mount a challenge.
“In the third quarter, he just didn’t feel us,” Gentry said of when Curry scored 28 points. “If you allow him to play that loose, then the result’s going to be that.
“We’ve got to get into him a lot more. Yes, he made some tough shots, but we let him off the look also by letting him get over the top of screens. We weren’t supposed to do that.”
Gentry is comfortable enough with his old championship squad that he made a brief visit to the Warriors’ locker room after the game. He expressed disappointment in his postgame comments after the loss left the Pelicans 0-3 on the season.
Gentry knew all too well how not to go up against the Warriors’ offense he helped build.
“We’re trying to match basket for basket, and that won’t work out against that team right there,” Gentry said. “If you want to match basket for basket, you’re going to lose every time.”
On the other bench, there was joy watching Curry from Gentry’s former co-workers.
“I don’t think from the head coaching seat you get to enjoy it as much the other people in the arena, but I’ll watch it on the flight home tonight,” Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said. “That was remarkable what he did out there.
“He hits incredible shots, and the first couple times I was on staff here, I’d go nuts on the bench there. nd now, you’re kind of like, ‘OK, that was awesome, but that’s what he does.’”