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Warriors 2020 NBA free agency targets: Five big men team could sign

Warriors 2020 NBA free agency targets: Five big men team could sign

The Warriors need to bolster their frontcourt this offseason.

They could do just that through the NBA draft, free agency or both.

Last week, Grant Liffmann listed some possible "under-the-radar" free-agents the front office could target. And Monte Poole, Kerith Burke, Liffmann and yours truly discussed those options this week on the latest "Warriors Roundtable."

It's very possible that general manager Bob Myers and his staff make it a priority to sign a player (or two) who is a threat from deep.

The plan was for Kevon Looney to add the 3-point shot to his game last year, but injuries derailed his season.

Marquese Chriss averaged 2.7 3-point attempts per game over his first two NBA seasons with the Phoenix Suns, but just shot 39 3s over 59 games with the Dubs in 2019-20 (he made eight).

[RELATED: Debating guards, wings Warriors could sign in free agency]

And Draymond Green -- who might end up playing more center in 2020-21 -- has not shot the ball consistently well from beyond the arc the last four regular seasons.

To see which big men the Warriors might be interested in adding this October, watch the full conversation above.

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Warriors sweep Trail Blazers: Five numbers that stand out from four games

Warriors sweep Trail Blazers: Five numbers that stand out from four games

PORTLAND -- Sweep. The Portland Trail Blazers put up a fight in all but one of the four games of the Western Conference finals, but in the end, the Golden State Warriors’ experience and talent were too much to overcome.

It was a short, but entertaining series with plenty of sidenotes and quality storylines. Here are five numbers to look at coming out of the series as the Warriors move on to the NBA Finals.

3

The Trail Blazers held a lead of 17 points or more in all of the final three games of the series. Leads mean very little when you are facing the Golden State Warriors. They score in bunches and have two of the greatest shooters in the history of the NBA.

Saying that, Portland looked panicked at times and allowed Draymond Green and Stephen Curry to control the pace of the game. They caught in switches and had no answer for Steve Kerr’s in-game adjustments.

Despite an incredible home crowd and plenty of injuries to the Warriors, the Blazers weren’t able to close out the champs and steal even one game at Moda Center.

1965-66

The last time an NBA team went to five straight NBA Finals was the Boston Celtics, led by Red Auerbach, Bill Russell and John Havlicek during the 1965-66 season. Boston strung together 10 straight finals appearances, winning nine, including eight straight ending in 1966.

What the Warriors are doing is impressive, although Michael Jordan’s Bulls might have gone to eight straight if the NBA legend hadn’t stepped aside during the 1993-94 season and most of the 1994-95 campaign.

Golden State is on a path to pick up their fourth ring in five years. If they keep the squad together, the run could last another few seasons.

Triple-double

Curry and Green were incredible in Game 4. The pair of All-Stars posted triple-doubles as the Warriors found a way to overcome injuries and a huge deficit to sweep the Blazers.

Curry came out swinging early, scoring 25 of his 37 points in the first half. He knocked down 7-of-16 from long range and 11-of-25 from the field overall. Once he established his scoring, he found his teammates for 11 assists and turned the ball over just twice in 47 minutes of action. He chipped in 13 rebounds, showing that he’s more than just the greatest shooter the game has ever seen.

While Green didn’t post the offensive numbers Curry did, he still managed to post an 18-point, 14-rebound, 11-assists performance. He turned the ball over six times, but added three steals and two blocks while creating chaos on the defensive end.

The Warriors needed a long layoff to heal and Kerr left his two stars on the court for major minutes to insure that they got the win.

30 and 12

Meyers Leonard is known more for his massive contract than his play on the court. The 27-year-old center was a difference maker from the opening tip on Monday at the Moda Center.

Leonard dropped 14 points in the first quarter and kept the ball rolling throughout the first half. He scored 25 of his career-high 30 before the intermission and forced the Warriors to make adjustments.

There was a moment in the fourth quarter where two Warriors ran at Leonard on the perimeter. The 7-footer calmly dished the ball to Damian Lillard for an open 3-pointer.

He finished the night with 30 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes. If you had Leonard dropping 30 and 12 as a prop bet, you made a fortune.  

5-0

Golden State continues to steamroll through the postseason despite superstar Kevin Durant going down with a calf injury five games ago. They sealed the deal against Houston and then swept the Blazers in a quick series.

Kerr has used Alfonzo McKinnie and Jonas Jerebko to eat a lot of the minutes. The Warriors head coach even turned to rookie Jacob Evans to steal eat time on Monday evening.

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Durant wasn’t the only player missing from the Warriors rotation. DeMarcus Cousins has sat most of the postseason with a quad injury and Andre Iguodala couldn’t play in the Western Conference finale with a calf injury.

With 10 days off to heal up, the Warriors might get back to full strength before facing either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors. Even if they don’t, they’ve proven they can beat quality teams at less than full strength.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 119-117 Game 4 win over Blazers

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 119-117 Game 4 win over Blazers

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PORTLAND, Ore - Golden State entered Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday evening with plans of sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers.

It took a while, but by the end of the night, they accomplished their goal -- overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat the Blazers 119-117 in overtime. 

With the win, the Warriors became the first team since the Boston Celtics of the 1950s to reach five consecutive NBA Finals

The win also allows the Warriors nine days of rest until Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30, which will be held in either Milwaukee or Toronto depending on which team wins the Eastern Conference Finals matchup. 

For now, here are the takeaways from Game 4. 

Steph Curry

With Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala out, Curry took the reigns of the offense, finishing with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. 

Curry played particularly well in the fourth quarter, helping the Warriors outscore Portland 32-22 over the fourth quarter and overtime. 

With Durant out, the offense will continue to center around Curry and Green going forward. 

Meyers Leonard

Building off his Game 3 performance, Leonard was unstoppable Monday evening, scoring 25 of his game-high 30 points on in the first half, on 10-of-12 shooting from the field. 

Leonard has been much maligned throughout his career in Portland, often relegated to a bench role for the majority of his career. 

While the Blazers will take this performance any night, Golden State will be content as long as Damian Lillard and CJ McCullum are not hurting them. 

[RELATED: Curry, Leonard both on fire in first half of Game 4]

Defense

Golden State's championship level defense was missing for much of the night. The Blazers shot 60.9 percent from the field in the first half. 

In addition to Leonard's exploits, CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 54 points of their own. 

Portland's success had much to do with the absence of Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, who was sidelined with a leg injury suffered in Game 3. The timeline of Iguodala's leg injury is uncertain, and so it was not surprising that Steve Kerr played Steph Curry the entire second half to make sure the series didn't last any longer.