Preview: Golden State At Portland

When: 10:30 PM  ET, Saturday, April 22, 2017
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
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The Golden State Warriors made the decision to sit Kevin Durant with a minor calf injury in Game 2 and turned out to have no problem winning a playoff game without one of their All-Stars in an easy win. The Warriors will try to earn a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Golden State got contributions up and down the roster in Game 2 and breezed to a 110-81 win, putting on a defensive clinic in the second half and holding the Trail Blazers to 12 points in the third quarter as it pulled away. "A lot of people do talk about the four (All-Stars), but the one thing that’s constant is we get contributions from everybody," defensive anchor Draymond Green told reporters after the win. "It's the depth we rely on throughout the course of the year, and it showed through tonight." The Trail Blazers, who blamed themselves for missing shots and mostly brushed off the sub-par showing, understand how important Saturday's Game 3 became when they fell on Wednesday. "It’s a must-win game, for sure,” Maurice Harkless told the team's website. "We’ve got to win that game. If we want a chance to win the series, we have to win Game 3."

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, CSN Bay Area (Golden State), KGW (Portland)

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Durant said he would have been able to go in Game 2 but the team decided to take the cautious approach and could elect to do the same on Saturday, though Durant wants to be in the lineup. "I can tell you, I've seen these injuries before," Kerr told reporters prior to Game 2 "You don't want the next step. You pull a calf, that's a pretty serious deal. He's bummed out -- he wants to play, for sure -- but he knows that we've got to do the wise thing, we've got to do the smart thing long term. It just doesn't make sense. He understands that." Durant would get a full seven days off if Golden State elects to hold him out of Game 3.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS: Portland's star backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 75 points in Game 1 but was held to 23 on 9-of-34 shooting in Game 2. "It's a series and points don't carry over, so you can't get too emotional or too low about the kind of game we had tonight," Lillard told reporters after Wednesday's setback. The Trail Blazers could also use some defensive presence on the interior after allowing Golden State's center duo of Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee to go 12-of-15 from the field.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Trail Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic (fractured leg) sat out the first two games of the series and remains questionable for Game 3.

2. Golden State SF Matt Barnes (ankle) and PG Shaun Livingston (finger) are both day-to-day.

3. Portland swingman Allen Crabbe is 4-of-15 in the series, including 1-of-8 from 3-point range.

PREDICTION: Warriors 119, Trail Blazers 111

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Golden State 69-15 W3 38-5 31-10 9-1 60-14 14-2 44-10
Portland 41-43 L3 25-16 16-27 3-3 38-40 11-5 28-26

Last Meeting

Golden State Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/19/17 POR 81 GS 110 110 54 44.0 81 47 33.3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
GS S. Curry 19 33.3 3
POR M. Harkless 15 35.7 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
GS D. Green 12 1 11
POR M. Harkless 8 3 5
Assists Player  
GS D. Green 10
POR E. Turner 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
GS S. Curry 2185 46.8 362
POR D. Lillard 2204 44.5 527
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
GS D. Green 659 102 557
POR A. Aminu 497 88 409
Assists Player  
GS D. Green 577
POR D. Lillard 468

Quickchart Matchup

Golden State  Off vs  Portland Def
115.9 Points For
108.6 Points Against
49.4 FG%
45.5 FG%
44.5 Reb
44.1 Reb
Portland Off vs  Golden State Def
107.6 Points For
104.0 Points Against
45.7 FG%
43.4 FG%
44.1 Reb
43.6 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Golden State Overall Portland
69-15 W/L 41-43
41-40-3 ATS 41-43-0
33-51-0 O/U 45-38-1
115.9 Pts For 107.6
104.0 Pts Against 108.6
Golden State A/H Portland
31-10 W/L 25-16
19-21-1 ATS 22-19-0
13-28-0 O/U 22-18-1
113.0 Pts For 109.9
105.6 Pts Against 106.9
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