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No Nurkic, no Pachulia, no Draymond... lets make Nellie proud!

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Without Curry, the Warriors have looked a little bit less pretty, but no less effective.

Oakland’s own Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers come up against his hometown Golden State Warriors tonight but are probably not looking forward to it. After dropping four straight games, the Warriors and their six-game winning streak are unlikely to provide much relief.

STARTERS AND INJURIES

Both teams are without their starting Center, so we already knew it was going to be a night for Nellie ball. But just prior to the game, coach Steve Kerr announced that Draymond Green would be out as well.

But hey, Patrick McCaw is back in action!!

Even without Curry (or maybe because of his absence) Kevin Durant has been excellent in an increased role, and the rest of the Warriors have all stepped up as well. Although of course we would all wish for Curry to be back, it feels like the injury may have been the catalyst that helped the re-find their focus.

The Blazers lost Jusuf Nurkic and have not fared as well in his absence, but then again...they weren’t doing all that hot when he was in. I thought this article Peter Sampson at Blazers Edge was a great way to quickly get acquainted with this seasons Portland team:

While the Blazers currently sit at 13-12, they’ve faced the 4th easiest schedule in the NBA through 25 games. 37 percent of their home dates are in the books. They’re 7-8 at the Moda Center.

Portland has dropped from 11th in offensive efficiency last season to 20th so far this year. Ball movement has stagnated, the playbook has seemed to tighten up, and opponents have succeeded by clamping down on Lillard and McCollum.

So as always, lock down Lillard and McCollum and we are good to go!