Warriors look to complete sweep of Trail Blazers

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2019

Golden State wasn't playing terribly, in the first half, but their defense was not up to par, as they allowed the Blazers to hang 66 points on them.

The Portland Trail Blazers are down to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals 3-0 and are on the cusp of being sent home for the summer.

Warriors Injuries: DeMarcus Cousins: out (quad), Andre Iguodala: day to day (lower leg soreness), Kevin Durant: out (calf).

Iguodala initially left the game in the 1st quarter but eventually returned.

A steal by Lillard produced a thunderous dunk from Leonard, then Portland's Seth Curry stole the ball from his superstar brother Stephen and raced for a three-pointer that made it 60-42 with 2 minutes, 28 seconds remaining in the first half.

Green is the master of the short roll, and on Saturday night he was doing that, plus driving end-to-end, owning the glass, and generally being the best player on the floor on his way to 20 points on 12 shots, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. They're going to come out and continue to play and play with the force they've been playing with.

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Green said the Trail Blazers are a "very resilient group". "Generally when he has something going on, he kind of keeps it to himself, so I would say it's not surprising". Damian Lillard added 19 points, but Portland was hurt at the line, making just 20 of 33 attempts.

The Golden State Warriors got off to a tumultuous start to the season when Kevin Durant and Draymond Green had a well-documented feud, and Green credits something Durant said to him around that time for helping him control his emotions.

Game 3 was the first conference finals game in Portland since 2000. The 26-year-old scored 12 points in the first half that saw the Blazers jump out to a 13-point lead.

But without Golden State's death choke of a defense, Curry's impressive scoring wouldn't have happened and/or the Blazers may have been able to climb back into the game. Golden State has listed Iguodala as questionable for Monday's Game 4. "Just really want to be a good example for them and show them the right things", Green said.

It worked for a period, and Portland big man Meyers Leonard broke out with a career playoff-high 16 points, but it did not last. Steph Curry continued his torrid pace, Draymond Green put together one of his best playoff games ever, while Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum continued to struggle.

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