Curry, Warriors vow to ‘Get it done’ 

OAKLAND — As the Warriors prepared for the 67th and final victory in this fantasy regular season of theirs, a wide-screen television in their locker room provided the only glimpse of the immediate future.

The San Antonio Spurs were paired against the New Orleans Pelicans, and a Pelicans victory would earn them the right to meet the Warriors in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs. Not a single Warriors player seemed to be the least bit interested, which was all that one needed to know about their soaring confidence at the moment.

It doesn't matter who the Warriors play next, really. Bring 'em on. Any and all of them.

"We're better now than we were in, say, December, when we won 16 in a row," coach Steve Kerr said after a 133-126 win over the Denver Nuggets. "We're better now for sure just because of the continuity and the work we've put in all season long."

Somebody had to play the Warriors, and Pelicans drew the short straw for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth. Game 1 of the best-of-seven series will played at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (KGO, Ch. 7) at Oracle Arena. The second game is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the same venue.

"We feel like we're gonna get it done," Warriors star and MVP candidate Stephen Curry said in no uncertain terms. "We feel that we have what it takes to do it. Obviously, we have to take care of one opponent and reset after that point. If we play our best game and New Orleans plays its best game. ... We feel like we can take their best."

As much as they feigned indifference, the Warriors preferred to meet the Pelicans rather than Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were eliminated on the final day of the regular season.

The series has the look of a colossal mismatch. The Warriors have an enormous edge in talent and savvy, not to mention the home-court advantage. In the regular season, the Warriors beat the Pelicans three times in four tries. Only the two games in New Orleans were close.

"The Pelicans as a whole, they really don't have much playoff experience," Warriors center Marreese Speights let slip. "Oklahoma City has a lot."

So the Warriors got their wish then?

"I ain't saying all that," Speights responded with a wry smile. "Whoever wins just knows they'll have a tough battle on their hands."

In forward-center Anthony Davis, the Pelicans do have a franchise player, the kind of big man who can pose problems at both ends. At times, it seemed that Davis willed his team to its first postseason berth in four years.

Kerr knows that it takes more than one player to contain a dominant talent, so he'll rotate Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Speights on him. At least for Round 1, Ezeli was promoted to the backup role because of his defensive ability.

"You've got to put a body on [Davis] for pretty much the whole 24 seconds," said Ezeli, who could emerge as an unlikely X-factor in the series.

The Warriors are healthy. They're confident. They've got mojo. And they have the ideal matchup to begin their championship push.

So it's safe to say the Pacific Division champions are in a good place right now?

"I would say so, yeah," Kerr said. "To have the season we've had, all the fun that we're having. ... Yeah, we're in a very good place."

pladewski@sfexaminer.com

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