The Warriors are also 4-0 against the Blazers this year with a 19-point average margin of victory. The Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) have three-game winning streak along with the eight games win out of last ten matches. These teams met only once in the playoffs, and that was previous year.
February 15, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30), forward Kevin Durant (35), forward Draymond Green (23), and guard Klay Thompson (11) pose with their All-Star jerseys before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena.
But it should be a happy series for Kerr as Portland is one of the foulsiest teams in the Association. The defending Western Conference champion Warriors defeated the Blazers in the second round last season. The Celtics did beat out the Cavs of the best record in the East but the team as it is constituted is still considered to be a superstar away from true contention. After all, Portland was just 21-28 after a 113-111 home loss to Golden State on that date, then rallied to win 20 of its final 33 games to edge out Denver for the final playoff spot in the West.
However, their three-point percentage is still lethal.
The Blazers by contrast, use the pick and roll for the ball-handler more than any other play in their offense, 20.3 percent of the time, which ranks seventh in the National Basketball Association for frequency of use. That's an improvement from their 37.4 percent average from deep this season.
Curry scored 25.3 points per game this season and Thompson has helped out with 22.3. However, that has seen drastic improvements in the month of April.
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But Lillard sparked a fire by saying he thinks his team can win in six games.
Portland took an 88-87 lead on Napier's 3-pointer before Bryn Forbes answered with a 3 for the Spurs.
Lillard smiled and played along. The player to look out for on the Blazers might be Shabazz Napier. Following free throws, Noah Vonleh's hook shot got the Blazers within 101-100. New Orleans will have to find a way to stop him.
Projected Pelicans starting lineup: PG Tim Frazier, SG Jrue Holiday, SF Solomon Hill, PF Dante Cunningham, C Alexis Ajinca. Napier is a great scorer, yet does leave opportunities open for steals and blocks at the rim. The reason Lillard's mark is so astronomically high is because he has the unique ability to pull up right next to his screening teammate at the 3-point line - instead of in the mid-range - and punish a lax defense with his accuracy from beyond the arc. "We want it back oh so badly". Many of these have tried to give you as straight and rational of a take as possible. That would be news and, perhaps, grounds for an National Basketball Association investigation.
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