Three takeaways from Warriors' rallying win against Trail Blazers
- Author: Julie Sanders May 21, 2019,
May 21, 2019, 12:27
Portland's points from three-point range against Golden State's.
Thompson is far more involved, taking six more shots per game and acting as far more than an over-qualified spot-up shooter which at times he acts a with everyone available. Plenty of other Warriors are dealing with bumps and bruises as well. "It hasn't been done for a reason". "I think it was more of a demonstration of how good they are and how good they have been over the years and they find ways to win". The Warriors talked about how they have been here before and it helped them rally in a tough spot on Thursday night.
In 1960 and 1961, the St. Louis Hawks earned their trip to the NBA Finals with home wins in Game 7 of what was then called the Western Division finals.
"That's like 70 in a row", the younger Curry said.
CJ McCollum, who was also much better from Game 1, went 0-for-5 down the stretch, notably missing a wide open triple and runner that are a couple of his trademark buckets.
Portland showed it made adjustments from Game 1 and brought it on both ends from the opening tip after the Blazers had regularly left Curry wide open on the perimeter off the pick-and-roll and he scored 36 points while matching his post-season high with nine 3-pointers. Yet Curry and the Warriors kept chipping away, raising the anxiety in the building possession by possession.
The bench came to play, with the reserves pouring in 41 to the Warriors' 33 bench points. "We're never out of the game".
Portland was boosted by the home crowd at the start, going up by 10 points in the first quarter.
The Warriors took a commanding lead in the series with a 110-99 win at Portland in Game 3 on Saturday. The over is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Portland and 20-8 in the last 28 meetings.
Backup centers Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney combined for 25 points and 10 rebounds in 43 total minutes.
"That's what it takes in the playoffs", said Kerr. "He hits big shots". "We got to play and give him an opportunity to get back".
Curry's 3-pointer made it 98-87 with just under five minutes to go, and Portland struggled to catch up - similar to their fourth-quarter fade in Game 2. This team is not lost with Durant sidelined. The Bucks lead that series 2-1 with Game 4 on Tuesday night in Canada.
"We could have said Game 5 was our game", Warriors star Stephen Curry said. After a well-earned respite, the three-time champ will turn his attention to acquiring the only jewel missing from his trophy case: a Finals MVP award. "We plan on being back here", Lillard said.