The Warriors will look to complete the 4-0 sweep when they face off against the Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals at the Moda Center.
Many people expected the Warriors to win this series, but they have completely dominated this Portland team. They hold a 3-0 lead as of now, and they can finish the job in Game 4. Kevin Durant has not played a single minute this series, but that has not hampered the Warriors. Stephen Curry has stepped up in his absence. Curry has scored 36 or more in the first three games of the series.
The other players have stepped up as well. Klay Thompson’s numbers are up, and he is doing a great job on the defensive end on Damian Lillard. But Draymond Green has arguably been more crucial. Green had a triple-double in Game 3 with 20 points, 12 assists, and 13 rebounds. His pick-and-roll with Curry is a deadly weapon for the Warriors, and the Blazers have no answer for it.
Green is also a significant boost on the defensive end as he directs traffic for Golden State. Even though the Warriors trailed at half-time, they came back to win Game 3 in the closing stages. Curry and Green were the key performers for them down the stretch. The Warriors are also getting useful contributions from their bench. Kevon Looney, in particular, has been great for Steve Kerr off the bench.
Portland’s bench has not been bad either. It’s the star players who have not stepped up for them. Damian Lillard has crossed 20 points just once this series. He has scored only 61 points in the three games thus far. The Warriors have done a great job on him. They have used a double-team on him and crowded around him when he has the ball. Lillard was unable to counter it, and it was painfully visible in Game 3.
C. J. McCollum has been better, but barely. He has scored 62 points in the three games, and his percentages are not good enough either. Portland desperately needed one of their guards to step up in Game 3, but neither did. They led by 13 at half-time and looked primed to win their first game of the series. But the Warriors outscored them 29-13 in the third quarter and did not look back. Something similar happened in Game 2 when the Blazers lost a lead to lose in the fourth quarter. Terry Stotts will be hoping that his team can close out the game this time.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors Prediction
Portland have a negligible chance of winning the series, but they should claim the win on their home court. Kevin Durant will remain sidelined for the Warriors. One of Lillard and McCollum needs to deliver, and that should push Portland over the finishing line. The Warriors have been impressive, but the Blazers should get the fourth quarter right this time to get the win.