When: Saturday May 18, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Watch Live: ESPN
This can be the last game in the Western Conference Finals as we head towards the Game 4 in the Warriors-Blazers series where Warriors lead the 7-game series by 3-0. They won the last game by 110-99 yesterday and are ready to take on the Blazers in Game 4 on Monday night at Moda Center, Portland.
Let’s begin with last match score updates. For Warriors, Stephen Curry led the team with 36 points and six rebounds alongside Klay Thompson who scored 19 points and five rebounds. With them, Draymond Green notched a Triple-Double, finishing with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. The bench is doing its job just fine and helping share the load of the guys who are scoring with the ball.
From Blazers, the scoring was led by CJ McCollum who finished with 23 points with five assists alongside Damian Lillard who scored 19 points and six rebounds. Also, Meyers Leonard scored 16 points while Evan Turner contributed 12 points off the bench.
What went wrong for Blazers and right for Warriors?
Much can be credited to the Warriors’ defence for their victory in the Game 3 as they made it difficult for the Blazers’ shooters and especially Lillard to shoot to the ball with ease from the field. This is not just the story of the last game but has been of the whole series. Lillard just took 12, 16 and 18 shot attempts in Game 1, 2 and three respectively which is a sign of concern for the Blazers. He is shooting 32% while averaging 20.3 points per game this series as compared to 29 points per game over the first two rounds of playoffs.
The Points scored in the paint have been the main difference in the last game. Both the teams did not shoot the ball well from beyond the arc in the previous game as the Warriors made 8 of 26 (30.8%) and Blazers made 11 of 35 (31.4%). But the Warriors overcame this by converting points in the paint. Warriors had 46 points in the paint compared to just 30 points in the paint by the Blazers.
The Blazers need to create more open spaces for their shooters, grab some more rebounds as they are lagging behind the Warriors in that category and convert the points in the paint. On the defensive side, they need to find a way to stop the Warrior’s three-man play that they mostly run to score in the paint.
Warriors: Andre Iguodala had a calf tightness in Game 3, and as a result, he played just 18 minutes in the game. Even though the MRI report is clean, he is still questionable for Game 4. Kevin Durant ( Calf Strain ) and DeMarcus Cousins ( Quad ) is out for Warriors.
Blazers: Nurkic is out due to a leg injury.
Predicted Starting Lineups
Warriors: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, Draymond Green and Alfonzo McKinnie
Balzers: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Enes Kanter, Mo Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu
We have seen what happened in the past three games. The Warriors have come back to rub off the double point leads by the Blazers, and this game is not expected to be any different.
The Blazers are courageous but don’t have enough firepower to beat this Durant-less Warriors team.
Warriors to beat Blazers