Warriors having fun without Durant, but they'll need him

Tanya Simon
May 20, 2019

But this "texes" message was special, because her sons - Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers - are the first brothers to play against each other in a conference finals. But with a 2-0 lead in the series, KD can comfortably rehab until Game 5 when the series will either be tied or the Warriors will have a commanding lead.

The Trail Blazers outplayed Golden State and held a 15-point advantage heading into halftime.

"I think we played a awful game and we still had a chance going into the fourth quarter, so we need to tighten some things up and look forward to the game on Thursday", Portland guard CJ McCollum said, per AP.

That's from Jordan Bell at +1 in 25 surprisingly useful minutes to Andre Iguodala's +21 in 62 minutes of sublime two-way performance against the Trail Blazers.

Green was a dominant force on both ends of the floor during Golden State's rally to close the game despite having five fouls. In his sophomore year, green capture numerous awards such as Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, third-team All-Big Ten honors, MSU's Most Improved Player, Chairman of the Boards and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts awards. But Portland made just 1 of 9 shots the rest of the way as the Warriors went on a 14-3 run to claim the victory.

He accounted for all five of the Warriors' baskets after the Blazers went up by eight, getting two layups and dishing to teammates for a pair of dunks and a layup. And so we're down eight points with, what, four minutes to go or whatever it was.

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Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday night at Portland. He covers up so much for us.

Lakers (2008-2010): In the 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers lost three straight road games vs. the Celtics. "The situation calls for me to be a little bit more aggressive and hopefully that'll continue", Curry said, according to the Associated Press.

In 2012, The Golden State Warriors drafted Draymond Green out of Michigan State University with the 35th pick in the second round.

Over the past two-plus games - all of which they've won - the Warriors have played a more fluid brand of basketball built around the strengths of Curry, like the Warriors teams to precede Durant. Durant, the team's leading scorer, suffered the injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals May 8 against the Houston Rockets and hasn't played since.

Lillard isn't ready to ponder this might have been his final game at Oracle Arena, just a short walk from where he grew up in Oakland.

It's Meyers Leonard and Seth Curry stepping up big late for the Blazers, who are led in scoring by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

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