Warriors

Warriors

Kevin Durant is sidelined with a strained right calf, so Stephen Curry has taken it upon himself to carry the Warriors in the Western Conference finals against the Trail Blazers.

In the first three games -- all Warriors wins -- Curry has scored 36, 37 and 36 points, respectively. That makes Curry the first player in Warriors franchise history to score 35 or more points in the first three games of a playoff series.

After the Warriors' 110-99 win in Game 3 on Saturday night, ESPN's Doris Burke asked Draymond Green about the way Curry is playing right now.

"He's locked in," Green said. "There were so many people that were talking 'Oh, he can't do this, he can't do that,' like he isn't great, like he ain't the only unanimous MVP. Let's be real about this. He's locked in, and it's taking our team to a different level."

Green himself was locked in in Game 3, as he finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. It was his third triple-double this postseason and the seventh of his career.

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Curry, Green and the Warriors have a three-games-to-none lead over the Blazers, and can close out the series Monday night in Portland.

If they can get the job done in Game 4, they will punch their ticket to a fifth consecutive NBA Finals.