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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' Eric Paschall says he was racially profiled at apartment

Warriors' Eric Paschall says he was racially profiled at apartment

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall said he was the target of racial discrimination Wednesday night in a disturbing tweet. The 23-year-old tweeted that "I just had a white lady in the apartment building I live in telI me that I don’t live here!"

Paschall didn't specify where the incident occurred. The New York native told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck over two weeks ago that he was headed back to the Bay Area to train at the Warriors' facilities for the offseason. 

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He did move into an apartment complex just a few blocks from Chase Center after the Warriors picked him in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Paschall even commented last December how embraced he feels from people in the Bay Area. 

"One thing I definitely like about it is the weather -- it's not too cold," Paschall said to radio play-by-play man Tim Roye. "I've realized everybody is a lot nicer out here. Everybody says hello. I remember in my apartment building, people were just like, 'How was your day?'

"I'm like whoa. This is weird for me, especially (being) from the East Coast because everybody is so uptight. But it's really cool. I like the Bay a lot in terms of the atmosphere."

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The reality is, Paschall's experience Wednesday night is a disturbing one that happens all across the country. There is no excuse, and it needs to stop.

Warriors NBA free agency targets: Five guards, wings team could sign

Warriors NBA free agency targets: Five guards, wings team could sign

NBA free agency is slated to open Oct. 18 at 3:00 p.m. PT.

Despite the fact that still is over three months away, it's never too early to look ahead.

Last week, Grant Liffmann listed six "under-the-radar" free agents the Warriors could target. And on Wednesday -- Monte Poole, Kerith Burke, Liffmann and yours truly advanced the discussion in the latest "Warriors Roundtable."

One player discussed in depth was Josh Jackson of the Memphis Grizzlies. The 23-year-old -- who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft -- averaged 16.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five games before the season was suspended, while shooting over 38 percent from deep.

How he plays in the Orlando "bubble" might greatly impact his earning potential on the open market, and it's possible the Warriors won't be able to afford him.

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Watch the video above to see the complete conversation.

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