Golden State were down once again but overcome a 13-point half time deficit behind Draymond Green and Steph Curry to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
Golden State Warriors (3-0) v Portland Trailblazers (0-3): 110 to 99
A 15-point deceit is no longer a guaranteed recipe for success in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors can attest to that.
Golden State were down once again by as many as 16 in the second quarter and looked like losing to an intense Portland Defence.
But then Draymond Green decided that the Warriors would win this game, so he made it happen.
He had 20 points, 12 assists, 13 rebounds, four steals and a block to help lead the Warriors to victory. His aggression and court vision (as well as defensive prowess) with a hefty triple double was exactly what the Warriors needed to mount a 24 point turn around in the second half.
Steph had another great game with 36 points (staying consistent) and 12 Warriors got minutes yet again. Klay Thompson had an off-shooting night with 8-20 and only hitting one three but the Warriors could live without him as they feasted on a tired second half of Blazers basketball.
Kerr also changed his starting line-up, starting Damian Jones who managed to pick up three fouls in three minutes and headed straight back to the bench for the rest of the game.
Andre Iguodala injured his leg (and is questionable for Game 4) and only played 18 minutes. The Bench shot very efficiently with 15 of 21, with Alfonzo McInnie having good minutes with 9 rebounds and perfect 2-2 shooting and Kevon Looney playing well with 4-5 from the field and great defence once again.
Meanwhile the Blazers really struggled.
They were up big at the half and then were dismantled by the Warriors in the second half of the game. They just seem to collapse in the second half. It looks like they simply run out of gas.
Damian Lillard was reportedly playing with separated ribs (aren’t they always separated…) which may explain his pretty average offensive night. He was 5-18 for just 19 points and was a -23 for the game. CJ was only slightly better with 23 points off 7-20 shooting and 2-10 from three.
The big two of Portland struggled so they needed the bench to step up. Which they didn’t.
Besides Evan Turner (who actually had a great night 5-6 for 12 points), the rest of the bench was held to single digits with Zach Collins again nearly fouling out in his limited minutes.
The only bright spark for Portland in this game was Meyers Leonard who started for the first time in the playoffs and had 16 points and four assists off 6-12 shooting (3-7 from three).
They will need a much bigger contribution from Leonard and the bench to win a must win Game 4, especially with Dame partially injured, Kanter not being able to be played and Aminu and Harkless still irrelevant in these playoffs.
Just quickly with the Curry v Curry report: Seth was 2-6 from the field and nearly fouled out vs 36 points for Curry who helped carry the team to victory. Steph wins this one by a million. Sorry Seth you better sit back down on the bench. This play was fun though…
Next Game @ Blazers: Tuesday (21/5) at 11am.