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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Warriors seek return to playoff success

By ESPN Stats & Information

Up 3-1 in the series, the Golden State Warriors look to close out the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

It would be just the second postseason series that the Warriors have won since 1992, joining a 2007 series win over the Dallas Mavericks.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s tied for the second fewest series wins in that span. The Grizzlies, Raptors and Wizards also have just one in that span, while the Bobcats remain winless.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets look to avoid their eighth first-round exit over the past nine years.

Denver’s Defensive Woes
The Warriors are shooting 57.6 percent from the field over the past three games, and 53.0 percent for the series.

From the Nuggets perspective, the last team to finish a postseason allowing a higher field goal percentage was the Hornets in 1997 (57.0).

Those numbers are still heavily influenced by Golden State’s Game 2 outburst. The Warriors’ 131 points were the most in a regulation playoff game in five years, while their 64.6 field goal percentage was the highest since 1991.

Curry Makes His Mark
Stephen Curry is the third player in NBA history to tally at least 100 points and 40 assists in his first four career playoff games combined. According to Elias, he joins Kevin Johnson and Oscar Robertson.

Curry is averaging 27.3 PPG and 10.0 APG so far this postseason. Time will tell if he can keep up that pace, but only five players in NBA history have averaged 25 points and 10 assists in a single postseason (min. 4 games).

Allen Iverson (2004-05), Tim Hardaway (1990-91), Magic Johnson (1989-90), Isiah Thomas (1985-86), and Oscar Robertson (1961-62, 1964-65) make up the current list.

Curry needs to make only three 3-pointers on Tuesday to set a new record for 3s in a player’s first five playoff games. He has 18 through the first four games.