The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers switch locales Saturday with the Warriors holding a 2-0 advantage in the Western Conference Finals after clawing back in the second half to claim the Game 2 victory.
"We've been here before. Being down 0-2, it's not what you would like to see, but it's our reality, so now we got to go get some at home".
"We've got to bring that same energy at home", McCollum said, per AP, "understand that this is the first time in 19 years we've been in the conference final".
The Warriors erased another big deficit, coming back from 17 down after erasing an 18-point deficit in game three and a 17-point hole in Game two.
If you missed any of the action from Game 3, we had you covered with updates, stats, highlights and more. Stephen Curry led Golden State in scoring with 36 points while tallying six rebounds and three assists.
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Green was his old stat sheet-stuffing self during Thursday's 114-111 win over Portland, posting 16 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, the two star members comprising the Blazer backcourt, looked much better in the first half.
The Warriors scored the last nine points of the third period to close within 95-87 and knotted the score at 104-104 on Curry's layup with 4:34 left in regulation. They get amped to demoralize crowds.
Outgunned by the underdog Portland Trail Blazers for 47 minutes and without their two most productive big men, the Golden State Warriors employed an unusual strategy when things got desperate Thursday night. Curry leads the Warriors shooting 43.7 percent from 3-point range. "I just take odds on what you want to do and if the odds are in your favor then for something like that to happen outside of the three point line".
Kerr said the team did not have to make any "mental adjustments" to play without the two-time NBA Finals MVP. The flip side is that it disrupts that flow Golden State has become known for, which leads to a series of side effects. "Steph trusted him [with the pass], and that was obviously the shot of the game". As a team, Portland scored just 33 points in the second half. CJ McCollum's jumper from out front briefly gave Portland the lead but Alfonzo McKinnie's basket put Golden State back ahead and Green made a three-pointer to push it to 199-115 with 39 seconds left.
Beyond that, a man who at times has seemed completely miserable playing for the best basketball team in the world, in the soft media landscape of the Bay Area, has to pause before signing on with the Knicks, who last won the NBA Finals when I was in high school (Hint: My 45th reunion has come and gone).