Portland At Golden State
When: 10:30 PM
ET, Saturday, November 23, 2013
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
The Portland Trail Blazers are riding a nine-game winning streak and could be catching the Golden State Warriors at just the right time. The injury-riddled Warriors hope to at least have Stephen Curry back when they host the Trail Blazers on Saturday. Golden State is thin in the middle and especially at the point, where Curry and backup Toney Douglas are both dealing with injuries and Andre Iguodala went down in a loss on Friday.
Iguodala suffered a strained left hamstring late in the third quarter and limped off the court in pain, leaving seldom-used Kent Bazemore to handle the point and forcing Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes to do more work on the ball. Portland has no such issues and is cruising right along after a rousing comeback win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday. Even with stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard struggling from the field the Blazers found a way to knock off one of the better defensive teams in the league.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Portland), CSN Bay Area (Golden State)
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (11-2): Portland swept through a four-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams and looked to be suffering a home hangover when it fell behind the Bulls by 21 points early in the second quarter while getting little from Aldridge and Lillard. The Blazers are more well-rounded than just those two, and Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez took turns stepping up in the 98-95 victory. Portland is beginning another stretch with three of four on the road, where it is 6-1.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (8-5): Golden State is riding its starters hard with backups Jermaine O’Neal (knee), Douglas (leg), Festus Ezeli (knee) and Ognjen Kuzmic (broken finger) out, and Barnes’ push into the starting lineup leaves the reserves with very little scoring punch. Curry, who suffered a mild concussion at Utah on Monday, has now missed three games this season and watched the Warriors average 83.3 points in those contests. Iguodala had taken over most of the point guard responsibilities with Curry out but watched his shooting suffer as a result and is questionable for Saturday. Barnes is the bright spot during the current two-game losing streak with an average of 18 points.
1. Golden State has taken three straight in the series by an average of 14.7 points.
2. Matthews is averaging 22.3 points on 57.4 percent shooting over the last three contests.
3. Barnes has reached double figures in five straight games.
PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 99, Warriors 93
Stats and Records
Golden State Off vs
101.8 Points For
97.8 Points Against