Pelicans' Davis keeping eye on NBA Finals from afar

Thu Jun 4, 2015 9:24pm EDT
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By Jahmal Corner

(Reuters) - As Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors battle the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals at least one of his peers will marvel at the guard's shooting magic in the same way any fan would.

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis had a front row seat for Curry's long-range exhibition in April when his team faced the Warriors in a first-round playoff series, ultimately coming away impressed.

"The shots you see Steph make, you think the same thing as a player you would (as a fan): 'how does he make that?," Davis told Reuters in a telephone interview to promote the video game NBA 2K16.

"You might think they're bad shots but (they are not). They have a team built that way and they know he is going to take them."

It was a season full of new honors for the 22-year-old Davis who was named to the All-NBA First Team and made his first trip to the playoffs in his third season.

It ended quickly, with a four-game sweep at the hands of Golden State, and the indelible memory of the series was a three-pointer Curry made over the outstretched hand of Davis that forced overtime.

Curry's brilliance aside, Davis now has his own vested interest in the NBA Finals, opening on Thursday in Oakland, after Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry was recently named the new head coach of the Pelicans.

"I know that he's an offensive coach who likes fast-paced, get up and down scoring," said Davis, who is on the cover of the NBA 2K16 with Curry and Houston shooting guard James Harden.   Continued...

June 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) and Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) both tip off for the ball during the first  half in game one of the NBA Finals. at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports