Green, Warriors beat Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals

Green, Warriors beat Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals

If you have watched closely during the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, you will have noticed that Golden State routinely goes to the same play when they need a bucket.

Lillard, an Oakland native who would like nothing better than to get one more homecoming before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season, has been outscored 109-61 by Curry in the series. The results have been immaculate for Golden State.

"But I think in Golden State's minds, they know at some point, if we're going to beat them, I'm going to have to be rolling". They came alongside leadership, evidenced by Green giving Bell a pat on the back during that down moment. They're going up against a talented Warriros defense that's employing a strategy created to make them uncomfortable.

The Warriors can close out the series with a victory Monday.

Green is averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and nearly 10 assists across the last two games and those numbers barely tell the real story. The telecast delivered a 5.4 metered market rating, up 17 percent from the 2017 Western Conference Finals Game 3 - the last time ESPN televised the Western Finals. We let that one slip away. But the approach led to some rushed and awkward shots during a rough 19-point night.

What Lillard is doing right is making the smart pass to the big on the short roll at the free throw line, creating a 4-on-3 (or sometimes 3-on-2) for the Trail Blazers to attack, but they have not consistently taken advantage of that.

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"Obviously it's frustrating. I think Game 2, we had that game".

Kerr said the Warriors would "have to have more minutes" from reserve Alfonzo McKinnie in Iguodala's absence. Some, including former National Basketball Association player turned TNT analyst Charles Barkley, have declared a Warriors' championship three-peat impossible without Durant in the lineup. Golden State has listed Iguodala as questionable for Monday's Game 4.

Feeding off that home crowd and energy, the Trail Blazers raced out to an early lead and were the better team through the first 24 minutes.

"He's playing with force and he's playing with discipline", said Kerr. After watching a 15-point halftime lead disintegrate in the third quarter of Game 2, the Blazers had to be thinking, "Not again". Curry, a near one-man show these days, seems to have the team's offense under control. "He makes us go".

Although he says he's unaffected, the injury is still a blow to the Blazers, who are in the conference finals for the first time in 19 years.

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