The Trail Blazers will try to dig themselves out of an 0-2 hole on Saturday, May 18 when they take on the Warriors in Portland. Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals tips off at 9:00 p.m. EST at Moda Center.
Golden State Refused to Quit in Game 2
It would have been understandable if the Warriors had thrown in the towel at half time of Game 2. After all, the defending champs were down by 15 and were playing without their leading scorer and their starting center. Most teams would have conceded defeat, but Golden State simply turned on the jets, outscoring Portland 39-24 during the game’s decisive third quarter.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 17, 2019
Steph Curry led all scorers with 37 points and Klay Thompson dropped in 24 as the Warriors picked up their fourth consecutive postseason win.
Steph wasn’t the only Curry who had a big night on Thursday. Seth also turned heads with a sensational performance on both ends of the court. The Blazers guard had 16 points in 29 minutes and finished with a game-high four steals. His big brother couldn’t help but gush about him afterwards.
Have a night @sdotcurry! Tough loss but
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) May 17, 2019
“This was like the coolest experience I think I’ve ever had playing against him,” Steph told reporters. “You talk about the stage, he was amazing tonight… It worked out perfectly tonight. He played well and we won.”
Portland Faces an Uphill Struggle
History is not on the side of the Blazers. Only 20 teams have won a seven-game series after trailing 0-2. The only time it’s ever happened in the Western Conference Finals was in 2012 when the Thunder toppled the Spurs.
Durant is Done
Kevin Durant has been ruled out for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals. The 10-time All-Star has been receiving around-the-clock treatment on his strained right calf but is still days away from returning to the court.
“It’s a little more serious than we thought.” – Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant’s calf strain pic.twitter.com/xpFKDJuRLg
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 17, 2019
“It’s a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning, so we’ll see where it all goes.” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters. “Hopefully he’ll be back at some point, but we’ll just wait and see.”
Will Boogie Be Back?
Many observers assumed DeMarcus Cousins’ season was over when he tore his left quadriceps in Game 2 of Golden State’s first-round series against Los Angeles. However, Boogie is ahead of schedule in his rehab and the Warriors are now quietly optimistic that he’ll return to action soon. The four-time All-Star will be reevaluated by the team’s medical staff next week.
DeMarcus Cousins post practice jogging. He’s trying to get back, but steps still to go. pic.twitter.com/NN335JD2Rp
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 13, 2019
Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors Regular Season Statistical Comparison
|113.6 (3rd)||Offensive Rating||114.9 (1st)|
|114.7 (6th)||Points||117.7 (2nd)|
|23.0 (25th)||Assists||29.4 (1st)|
|46.7 (12th)||Field-Goal Percentage||49.1 (1st)|
|35.9 (9th)||Three-Point Percentage||38.5 (3rd)|
|+4.2 (7th)||Plus/Minus||+6.5 (2nd)|
|109.5 (16th)||Defensive Rating||108.5 (11th)|
|110.5 (14th)||Points||111.2 (16th)|
|45.7 (13th)||Field-Goal Percentage||44.4 (3rd)|
|35.9 (18th)||Three-Point Percentage||34.7 (11th)|
|47.8 (12th)||Points In The Paint||47.1 (7th)|
Blazers Favored to Win at Home
Oddsmakers are believers in these high-powered offenses, as they’ve set the game total at a robust 221, with the Trail Blazers opening as 2.5-point favorites. Golden State is 41-54-1 against the spread this season and 47-49-0 over/under, compared to 52-43-1 ATS and 53-43-0 over/under for Portland.