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Join us Saturday at 6 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis as the Warriors are in Portland hoping for an upset and a 3-0 series lead in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers.
The Warriors, 2 1/2 point underdogs Saturday, are facing a Blazers team that’s gone 37-10 at the Moda Center this season. Portland has won 13 of its last 14 games at home.
Golden State has split its two games in Portland this season, winning 115-105 on Dec. 29 and losing 129-107 on Feb. 13.
The Warriors used a 14-3 closing run in Game 2 to escape with a 114-111 victory over the Blazers, who had once led by 17 points. Stephen Curry was brilliant again, scoring 37 points and running some deadly pick-and-rolls late with Draymond Green that keyed the comeback win.
Curry and Klay Thompson have outscored the Blazers’ heralded backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum 123-81 through two games and will need to continue to win that battle in Portland with Kevin Durant (strained calf) out at least the next two games.
The Blazers got sterling effort from backup guard Seth Curry, who had 16 points on four clutch 3-pointers and had three of his four steals against his big brother Steph.
Game 4 of the best-of-7 series will be Monday night in Portland.
Here are the projected starting lineups:
C Andrew Bogut
PF Draymond Green
SF Andre Iguodala
SG Klay Thompson
PG Stephen Curry
C Enes Kanter
PF Al-Farouq Aminu
SF Mo Harkless
SG CJ McCollum
PG Damian Lillard
W’s cold shooting and fetish for fouling…Portland 29 GSW 27 end of one, the Splash Brothers have split 18 points, McCollum and Lillard have 14Andre Iguodala flips off the camera as he walks into the Warriors locker room…
Seth Curry didn’t get cheated on shots in the 1Q — he’s 3-for-9 and has 9 points.Blazers lead 29-27 after 1Q, but feels like it should have been more. Portland was up 10 at one point.
Blazers 10-13 at foul line; Warriors are 5-5.Portland has a 29-27 lead over the Warriors after the 1st Q. Warriors are shooting only 2-of-9 from 3, though I suspect that number will improve1 quarter in the books.
Replays show that was off of Steph’s foot.You think that he gets everything he has to say off to Steph off his chest when he plays Seth? Could be cathartic.Draymond and Seth Curry are talking trash. Should Steph intervene?Warriors relying on their playmaking and rebounding to get back in this one.Me, anytime someone tries to take an Instagram story of me. She was impressive, Chad — very professional. One of the best this season fo surePortland 27 GSW 19, 3;05 left in the first quarter, Portland is 10 for 13 from the free throw line, Golden State is 1 for 1.Portland has a 27-19 lead over the Warriors with 3:05 left in 1st Q. Good: Klay (9 points on 4-of-6 shooting) & Draymond (5 pts, 2 boards, 1 assist). Bad: Damian Jones’ 3 fouls. Andre is 0 of 3. Steph with a 2-of-6 clip.Andre Iguodala flips off the camera as he walks into the Warriors locker room… That’s 7 fouls on the Warriors to only 2 on the Blazers.
Portland is 10-13 at the line, leads 27-19rise & fire
.@MeyersLeonard11 making the most out of his start! 🔨 Draymond and Klay with some good effort so far.All those early fouls, now Blazers get to live at FT line. In the bonus‘@MeyersLeonard11 making Terry Stotts look good for inserting him into the starting 5. Five points on 2-2 shooting including a 3, 1 rebound, 1 assist and solid D.
Blazers lead 19-10 with 5:53 left in 1Q.What a dumbass goaltendt.co
Draymond pushing the pace after a made basket is one of the most underrated plays in sports.Or Looney, who has been the best C option in these playoffs and was great starting in 2nd half the other night. Or… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…GSW trails Portland 12-5, timeout 7:59 left in the first, every Blazer has scored or assisted on a basket. @andre has 2 assists and a stealExcellent start for Blazers, who lead 12-5. Warriors look very unsettled early.Warriors sluggish early. Portland off to a 12-5 start. Warriors shooting only 2-of-7, while Damian Jones picked up three fouls.He was in perfect position with help behind him… the one thing he couldn’t do, he did. Fell for a pumpfakeJones 3 fouls in 3mins… the last one fouling CJ on a 3 by falling for a punpfakeWarriors also started a new center — Damian Jones, who has picked up 3 fouls in the first 3:17.
Kevon Looney enters.
Blazers lead 10-5.Damian Jones picks up three fouls in 3 minutes and 17 seconds. Biting on a lot of pump fakes. Kevon Looney will sub in.And picking up three fouls in the first three minutes…Such a predictably bad start… Bad passes everywhereHome court whistle is real (and not malicious) and the sooner the Warriors come to grips with this, the easier their lives will become.His teammates throw him some terrible passes… but Jones hands are terribleDray puts the Dubs on the board 💪
Rough start for DJ. Has two fouls and a turnover in his first 2:15.Back-to-back trey’s by our back court t.co
Damian Jones picks up a foul 43 seconds into his start.Game. On. #DubNation Damian Jones is making his first career postseason start. He’s started 22 career regular season games (all this season). The Warriors are using their sixth different starting lineup in the 2019 playoffs.Bumping this with Damian Jones getting the surprise start tonight.Rose Garden is packed and loud! Love these fans, love this city. Let’s see if the home team can make this a series. @trailblazers DJ with the start tonight 💪
Pierce Cursed the W’s… Blazers by 40Portland fans never fail. Lots of good energy during starting lineup intros for this one and once tip starts.Welp we lost Paul Pierce picked the warriorsPerfect timing for game 3. In Steph we trust. @warriorsworld https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D65FNctV4AAGi8G.jpg⌚👌🗽🔥🔨 vs. @warriors
GSW no-showed first half in G2 you would think it won’t happen again…. but….The Trail Blazers fired me from @mercnews https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D65EurvUwAA4GIB.jpgI expect we’ll see them both early — @zcollins_33 , too.#DubNation , it’s time to meet and greet tonight’s starting 5⃣ Big change in the @trailblazers starting lineup tonight — @MeyersLeonard11 will go at center ahead of @Enes_Kanter .
#RipCity Jones played 2 minutes each in Games 1 and 2…December 1st was his last regular season contest..If you go by the stats monitor, the starting centers for Game 3 are Meyers Leonard and Damian Jones.Pregame prep. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D65AeYQU8AAWnAx.jpgJaVale McGee on-site again for Game 3 of Warriors-Blazers🤔 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D65ABRgU0AEDLkT.jpgSteve Kerr after gon full bench G6 Houston and it working >>>> t.co