Good afternoon, folks. It’s official. The Warriors don’t need Kevin Durant to win the title. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(1) Warriors – 110 @ (3) Trail Blazers – 99 (GSW leads 3-0)
- No Kevin Durant. No DeMarcus Cousins. An injured Damian Lillard. And a 3-0 series lead in favor of the two-time defending champs.
- The Portland Trail Blazers got off to a similarly hot start in Game 3 that they did in Game 2. The bench was stepping up in tremendous fashion despite Lillard struggling from the field.
- Portland blew a 65-50 halftime lead in Game 2. They would blow a 66-53 halftime lead in Game 3. Behind a 20-point, 13-rebound, 12-assist triple-double from Draymond Green and a masterful 36 points from Steph Curry, the Warriors took control of the second half and once again toyed with the hearts of an entire city.
- After the game, it was reported by Shams Charania that Lillard has been playing with a separated rib for the last game and a half. Lillard shot only 5-18 from the field in Game 3 6-16 in Game 2.
Injury occurred in Game 2. The Warriors have clearly also done a tremendous job with their defensive schemes on the Blazers All-Star guard. https://t.co/HRduGqMT7W
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 19, 2019
- I remember the exact play this happened on, too. Warriors center Kevon Looney landed hard on Lillard during Game 2 and he was down for a good chunk of time. Enough time for me to be like “uhhhh is he okay?”. But Lillard never came out and didn’t show any noticeable signs of injury other than missing shots.
- As for Enes Kanter, the former Kentucky big man played only seven minutes. He still managed seven points and five rebounds in those limited minutes, but he came off the bench for the first time since late March after his production in Game 2 was limited. Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins came in to replace Kanter and they did an overall solid job, especially Leonard. But without a fully healthy and energized Kanter (Kanter is currently fasting for Ramadan), he hasn’t been able to keep himself on the floor. It also doesn’t help that Kanter is just a terrible matchup against the Warriors and any small ball lineups they throw out there.
- No NBA team has ever come back from down 3-0 to win a playoff series. I’d say odds are pretty high this won’t be the series that breaks that streak.
|Enes Kanter (POR)||99-110 L vs. GSW||7||3-7 (0-0)||5||0||0||0||0||+7||7|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||110-99 W @ POR||DNP-Quad||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||99-110 L vs. GSW||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
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