3-1 (2-0 HOME)
1-3 (0-3 ROAD)
May 11, 2016
|Oracle Arena — Oakland, CA
|7:30 p.m. PST|
|TNT | KNBR 680 AM|
|Blog Buddy: Blazer's Edge|
|Klay Thompson||G||C.J. McCollum|
|Harrison Barnes||F||Maurice Harkless|
|Andrew Bogut||C||Mason Plumlee|
||Meyers Leonard (shoulder) - Out|
The Golden State Warriors. This series has been one exciting roller coaster ride of emotion for Golden State, who is looking to wrap it up tonight. After demolishing Portland in Game 1, escaping a loss in Game 2, and losing Game 3 on Saturday, guess who's back? The two-time MVP Stephen Curry made his triumphant return Monday night, recording 40 points, 17 in overtime. The gang's back together, healthy, and just one win away from moving onto the Western Conference Finals!
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The Portland Trail Blazers. Talk about missed opportunities. For us Warriors fans, Monday's sloppy start was a bit of a scare (until they rallied back!). For Portland's sake, they need to find a way to contain Golden State's shooters and close out their games in the fourth if they want to keep this series going.
Last Game: GSW, 132-125 OT (Monday, May 9th, 2016)
What more is there to say about that game? It makes everything else difficult to watch. Kudos to the GSoM community members who posted FanShots with highlights from Game 4, but definitely check out Hugo's recap and Apricot's breakdown if you want to continue to live in that moment.
Key to the game: Containment
Force Portland to make bad shots. Damian Lillard was 9-for-30 (5-18 from the three-point line) on Monday. Push and smother the Trail Blazers on defense and break up the team chemistry any way you can. If we strike first and keep the shooting percentage up, we can check the box on our eighth playoff win.
- Stephen Curry. Now that he's got a feel for the game and his shooting stroke is back, I'm predicting Steph's gonna Steph and torch up that first quarter and not let up. He's going to be mentally focused for this one; let's hope he's physically up to the task as well (he reported some soreness after last game).
- Draymond Green is going to be all over the place tonight. Let him do his thing — it's what triple doubles are made of!
- Coach Kerr. Close out games are never easy but with a squad like this, with the right adjustments and the plan of attack, everyone's going to be pulling for a win.
- The fans. Just be loud. REAL LOUD. Warriors fans are in for a treat as Steph receives his MVP award before tip off and for chance for GSW to close the series. Have a great time y'all!
It's a wrap Portland, you're in our house tonight and the Warriors are hungry to move on to the next round. Dubs up 127-111.