During the regular season, the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers played each other four times splitting the series two games a piece. During the third round of the post season, the Western Conference Finals, Golden State swept the same Blazer team in four games putting a quick end to this series on Monday night. Portland, the conference’s third best, is as over as the final season of “Game of Thrones” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
Golden State was able to come from behind after being down by 17 points defeating Portland 119-117 in a dramatic overtime win to close out the third tier of the NBA post season.
Both teams won a game at home and one away during the regular season. The second game was a one-point 110-109 overtime win for the Blazers in Golden State.
Game 1 in November was a 28-point blowout for Golden State. They also took Game 3 by 10. Game 4 was a 22-point victory for Portland. Yes, the regular season series between the two could have easily been 3-1 advantage Golden State, but like the defending NBA champs, the Western Conference 1-seed, we’ll move on.
Golden State did move on, attaining the best record in their conference, and the second best record in the NBA, three wins less than the Milwaukee Bucks in the east.
It took the Warriors six games to dismantle the L.A. Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Their Houston Rockets series, Round 2, also took six, but their victories didn’t come without some losses.
DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins tore his left quadricep muscle in Game 2 versus the Clippers. Kevin Durant strained his calf in Game 5 of the Houston series. Andre Iguodola injured his calf in the third game of the Portland series. Advantages for the opposition, but ones neither team could capitalize on.
Against the Blazers, players stepped up. Stephen Curry averaged 36.5 points. Klay Thompson 21.5. Draymond Green logged a double-double and three triple-doubles. Both Green and Curry logged triple-doubles in Monday’s overtime win. Eighteen points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists from Green; 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists from Curry.
The Warriors were able to overcome deficits in their last threes games, 17 points, 18 and 17 despite injuries to key players. Game 1 was a decisive 22-point blowout. They’re on a six-game post season win streak.
Reserves Alfonzo McKinnie and Kevin Looney played increased minutes and intregral roles off the bench, both contributing 12 points each to the Warriors’ point total.
“We’ve had guys step up all along this entire time,” noted Green, expecting everyone to step up. Golden State is headed for their fifth consecutive NBA Finals, the first team to accomplish this fete since the Boston Celtics did it from 1957 through 1966.
“We’re going to look forward to those guys continuing to step up, no matter what happens with the injuries that we have,” Green said. “We’re trying to go win this thing.”