National Basketball Association
Golden State at Portland
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, May 7, 2016
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
The Portland Trail Blazers aren’t likely to see Stephen Curry on Saturday, but the rest of the Golden State Warriors are doing just fine without their superstar. The Warriors will try to take a commanding lead in the Western Conference semifinals when they visit the Trail Blazers for Game 3.
Portland let a golden opportunity slip away in Game 2, when it entered the fourth quarter with an 11-point lead only to be outscored 34-12 in the final period as Golden State ran away with the win. “It hurts to go back in the locker room after you play so well for so long and you come back in there with the 'L,'” Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard told reporters. “But it is a part of growth. The entire season has been growth for us. But nights like (Tuesday), we have to close that out. We have to get that done. It was just a missed opportunity.” The 2-0 lead in the series gives the Warriors a chance to be cautious with Curry, who has been out since April 24 with a knee injury. “Everything has gone very smoothly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters about Curry’s rehab after saying his star would “probably not” return on Saturday. “He hasn't had any setbacks. He's ramping up things in the weight room.”TV:
8:30 p.m. ET, ABCABOUT THE WARRIORS:
Golden State has only had Curry in the lineup for parts of two games this postseason due to knee and ankle injuries but continues to flourish behind All-Stars Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and a roster full of solid role players. Reserve center Festus Ezeli was singled out by coaches and teammates after Game 2 for his contributions on both ends when the Warriors began taking over the game late. "Changed the entire game for us," Green told reporters of Ezeli. "Some people are going to look and say, 'Oh, he had a couple lobs and had a putback.' No, it's not that. "Did you see him on the ball screen with Damian Lillard? Did you see him on the ball screen with C.J. McCollum?"
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS:
Portland won the final four games of its first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers after dropping the opening two and is confident it can pull off a similar comeback. “We’ve been in bad positions time and time again, and we’ve never shied away,” Lillard told reporters. “We’ve never not answered the call. I don’t see why this time it would be any different. In our last series against the Clippers, we were down 0-2. We went home, and the next two games they were pretty much full strength. They had their guys and we got it done those two games. Obviously, Golden State is a different monster, but we know the same thing can happen.” Lillard went scoreless in the fourth quarter of Game 2 after putting up 25 points in the first three periods.BUZZER BEATERS
1. McCollum is 1-of-9 from 3-point range in the series.
2. Portland C Mason Plumlee grabbed double-digit rebounds in each of the last seven games.
3. Golden State PG Shaun Livingston has scored in double figures in each of his five starts in place of Curry this postseason.PREDICTION:
Trail Blazers 112, Warriors 111
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