When: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 PM (ET)
Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Watch Live: ESPN
Golden State Warriors stole the Game 2 from the hands of Portland Blazers, and now we are headed to Portland for Game 3 for the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night. At one point of time, Blazers had a 16 point lead against the Warriors in the second half of the game, but they blew that up in the final minutes of the game, and the Warriors beat the Blazers by 114-111.
From the Warriors, as usual, Curry led the squad with 37 points and eight rebounds, Klay Thompson had 24 points, Draymond Green had 16 points, ten rebounds and seven assists. From the bench, Kevon Looney had a good game as he played for 29 minutes and scored 14 points with seven rebounds which include three offensive rebounds which got converted to 8 Warriors points. Jordan Bell was also given good 14 minutes in the game, and he had 11 points and three rebounds.
From the Blazers, Lillard had the highest 23 points, five rebounds and ten assists, CJ McCollum had 22 points and five assists, Harkless had 12 points and four rebounds. From the bench, Seth Curry had 16 points, and Rodney Hood had 12 points.
What went wrong for Blazers and right for Warriors?
There are a few things that did not work out for the Blazers in Game 2. First is the poor shooting performance by the backcourt duo, Lillard and McCollum. Although they managed to combine for 45 points together that was on a not so efficient 15-of-39 shooting.
Next is the game decision made by the Blazers for giving fewer minutes to Enes Kanter as he played only 19 minutes, which is 10 minutes less form his average. Another one is getting fewer rebounds on the defensive side when compared to Warriors. In the whole game, Blazers grabbed 37 rebounds which include ten offensive rebounds, whereas, Warriors grabbed 50 rebounds including 12 offensive rebounds. We can see the defensive rebounds gap between both the teams.
If we talk about three points shooting, this is where Warriors was way behind the Blazers in the game. Blazers attempted 39 3 points shots and converted 18 of them which comes down to 46.2% shooting. On the other hand, Warriors attempted 29 3 point shots and turned just 9 of them which comes to 31% shooting.
Warriors had a good night defensively as they have some elite defenders in the game. They had a total of 9 block shots in the game compared to just one block shot by the Blazers. And of course, they had a game-winning steal made by Iguodala from Lillard to save the game in the last seconds of the game to secure the win for his team.
Predicted Starting Lineups
Warriors: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala
Balzers: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Enes Kanter, Mo Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu
Seeing what happened in the last two games between these two teams, this series is probably going towards a sweep by the Warriors, and this can be stopped if Lillard and CJ come back to their form as it was in the last two series against the Thunder and Nuggets. This may seem too much to as for but is not impossible as we now move to the Moda Center where there is a spark left for the Blazers.
Even without two-star players off the Warriors roster, they have proved to be worthy and will be hoping to continue to do so.
Warriors to beat Balzers.