Portland, Oregon, is a beautiful city. Drive twenty minutes east and you can hike amidst some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country. An hour west? The ocean -- complete with breathtaking cliffs and rivulets and gulleys and rocks and little bushes and spindly ocean plants -- awaits your...
That game was rough.
The Warriors traveled north to Portland, Oregon, and got their asses handed to them. Basically, the Trail Blazers ordered takeout, but the menu was just the Warriors' asses. That's what was served. This is not a sexual reference or innuendo, this is just what happened.
Throughout the game, you could have dreamt up a scenario where the Warriors came back and won. However, in real life, that scenario never became a reality.
Some stats, as in some tweets:
I can't believe all 120 points were scored directly on Harrison Barnes.— Seth Partnow (@SethPartnow) May 8, 2016
Stephen Curry's knee decision now w/ same circumstances as ankle decision vs. HOU. Up 2-1 after loss w/ road Game 4. Once bitten, twice shy?— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 8, 2016
I would give my life savings so that Mark Jackson would never again call a Warriors game.— Golden State of Mind (@unstoppablebaby) May 8, 2016
Damian Lillard had a game high 40 points, Al-Farouq Aminu had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and CJ McCollum added 22 points. For the Warriors, Draymond Green scored 37 points, and Klay Thompson added 35 but it wasn't nearly enough.
At a certain point, this happened:
Aminu in particular stuck out. He really played like a borderline All Star tonight. All that can be said is, "Hey! You! Stop playing so well! C'mon now! I'm a Warriors fan!"
That, right there, is what they call analytics.
Beyond Aminu, and beyond the Warriors' anemic play (see what I did there?), what can we expect from Game 4? Will we see Stephen Curry? Will Barnes finally step up? Can they steal a game in Portland? Or does this series return to Oakland tied 2-2?
OKAY, now for the real stuff:
We had a viewing party tonight in San Ramon and it was glorious.
If there's one thing I've learned in this short stint of thirty revolutions around the sun, it's this: Enjoy human company and take advantage of community. The GSOM family is large and diverse. Thank y'all so much for coming out and celebrating with us!
Next time, hopefully our viewing party will end up in a "W."