Warriors' Durant (calf) starts in Game 4 return
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 16:26
Trail Blazers: The only other time the Blazers had been swept in a seven-game playoff series was in the 1999 Western Conference Final against San Antonio.
The Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are performing their games as normal, without any extraordinary in this Round 1 National Basketball Association playoffs.
"It's not necessarily 'hero ball, ' it's being aggressive in those spots that you have", Curry said.
After not playing a single minute in Game 3, Meyers Leonard got the start in Game 4. Draymond Green continued to lead the Warriors in three-point percentage.
The Warriors have gone the entire series without injured reserves Shaun Livingston (finger) and Matt Barnes (ankle), and they beat Portland 119-113 in Game 3 on Saturday without star forward Kevin Durant, who is nursing a strained calf muscle. The Golden State Warriors can not think too much about these players, who will not have any impact on Monday, but they should just concentrate on the task that lies ahead.
Portland Trail Blazers: PG - Damian Lillard, SG - CJ McCollum, SF - Evan Turner, PF - Mo Harkless, C - Noah Vonleh.
A monstrous 1st quarter phenomenal three-point shooting and elite defense helped the Dubs dispose of the Blazers in 4 games. In the 1st quarter, they hit 8/10 three-pointers as Curry led all scorers with 12 points. The Warriors will face the victor of the series between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, which is tied at 2.
Toronto just looked more comfortable against the Bucks pressure, having seen it for so many games in a row, than they have all series. "I wish I could say this one thing or that one thing was really good but everything we tried to do, we tried to do it on a high level", Brown said. "He's the X-factor".
Klay Thompson added 18 points, Zaza Pachulia chipped in 11 and David West came off the bench to deliver 12 markers. In Game 3, both of them scored 30 points as combined and also played well defensive play. What's insane, though, is that Golden State has gotten by without a real hitch in the past two games without Kevin Durant on the floor.
Durant finished with 10 points, making 4 of 7 field goal attempts including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc.
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 19 points and Dwight Howard delivered his best performance of the series with 16 points and 15 rebounds.