The Portland Trail Blazers are down to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals 3-0 and are on the cusp of being sent home for the summer. After those two crushing defeats, and facing a 3-0 series deficit, the Blazers' morale has to be pretty low. The results have been immaculate for Golden State.
Golden State out-scored Portland 29-13 in the quarter to lead by three heading into the final period and pushed the lead to 11 with 4:51 remaining. Golden State is frequently double-teaming Lillard and blitzing him on pick-and-rolls, trying to force the ball out of his hands, and he acknowledged that he's been hesitant at times because of the Warriors' coverages.
"I don't even know what to say. You're either going to do your job and lift everybody up or you're going to go the opposite way", said Green. And the Warriors, after struggling through a sloppy start, to gain complete control of a series that could end Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in a sweep. Lillard played just under 40 minutes and finished with 19 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the field and 3-of-9 shooting from three, six rebounds, six assists and two steals, which would hardly qualify as a "bad" game for most players.
Lillard excelled attacking off the dribble in the first two rounds of the playoffs, in which he averaged 7.4 points per game off of drives, shooting 51 percent on those possessions, according to ESPN Stats & Information. But the approach led to some rushed and awkward shots during a rough 19-point night.More news: India to decide on oil imports after polls: Sushma Swaraj
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Like most Trail Blazers, Lillard has been most ineffective in third quarters in the series. Kerr was able to give Warriors backup swingman Alfonzo McKinnie some of Iguodala's minutes, and McKinnie responded by finishing the game with a plus-24 plus/minus. "So we've just got to keep pushing forward, and as I said, we can rest in the summer".
"Obviously it's frustrating. I think Game 2, we had that game".
Given that the Warriors have prevailed in each of the first three games of the series while employing that same strategy, it's unlikely they'll go away from what has proven to be effective when they take the floor for Game 4 at Moda Center on Monday night. "We could be the first team to do it". He grabbed it again after making the shot and hit a layup before walking to the Portland Trail Blazers' bench. Curry, a near one-man show these days, seems to have the team's offense under control. The Trail Blazers will try to fend off elimination when they host Game 4 today.