Golden State have also been solid on the defensive end and are 11thin opponent scoring, helped out by defensive titans Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.
Game 1 is on Sunday at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Blazers 121-109 in front of a loud Oracle Arena crowd. That was pretty bold, considering it is the Golden State Warriors he was talking about.
It's this momentum that has made Lillard more confident the Blazers can take on anyone, including the league-leading Warriors. McCollum and Lillard finished with 41 and 34 points respectively.
Before the All-Star break, the Blazers were 23-33 and it looked as if they were headed to the draft lottery in the off-season. That could be tough for any other franchise that will eventually face them. However, he took off too far, muffing the jam and the ball sailed out of bounds. They were tied at halftime and knotted at 88-88 after three quarters.
"When you block it at the rim, it's a little different because that's one of those plays where you're within a half inch to a centimeter of being dunked on", Green explained. This is not the same Portland team the Warriors saw in person.
Then Draymond Green happened. Not only did he nearly record a triple-double, but also showed why he should be the Defensive Player of the Year with 5 blocks against the Blazers.
Heading into the playoffs, there was a lot of talk about "flipping the switch". He's so unique and so important to us. They had active hands, they rotated quickly and they were physical.
The Warriors were quick to dismiss prognostications that they would easily coast past Portland, with forward Kevin Durant in particular making clear that the Warriors would not be taking anyone lightly. Lillard drove towards the middle and rose up for the slam. "That's what it's going to be, as long as that's how he's approaching it - it's going to be coming right back".
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The Warriors' MVPs put the ball in the basket a lot.
Curry finished with 29 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kevin Durant had 32 points on 60 percent shooting. They're each unique in their own games, and we need all three of them.
Good win for the Warriors to get this series started.
Ian Clark also made the most of his 12 minutes on the court.
Draymond Green stole the show though.
Green started the quarter with a three to go up three, his third make from deep. He only had one turnover. He gave the Warriors energy, like he did consistently in the regular season, and he triggered an 8-0 run in the third quarter with a couple of defensive plays. He was everywhere and did everything.
Basically, this meant 5th seed Portland went into the series not scared of the powerful looking 1st seed Warriors. "You've got to limit their runs and easy buckets".
NOTES: Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was noncommittal before the opener on the Game 2 status of injured C Jusuf Nuskic (broken right leg), saying only, "Hopefully he'll be back at some point during the series.".