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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.

NBA rumors: Steph Curry to represent Warriors at 2020 draft lottery

NBA rumors: Steph Curry to represent Warriors at 2020 draft lottery

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be held next Thursday, Aug. 20.

Who will be representing the Warriors at the virtual event?

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic is "hearing" Golden State superstar Steph Curry is the choice.

"If Steph Curry ever came and said, 'I want to do this. Put me on the lottery dais,' I think it would be pretty hard to say no," Golden State assistant general manager told Kerith Burke and Grant Liffmann this week on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast. "He's a pretty lucky guy. You want somebody who has good luck to be up there representing you.

"We got some ideas as far as lucky tokens as well."

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No pressure, Steph!

The Warriors are guaranteed to end up with a top-five pick. Here is the breakdown of their odds:

-No. 1 pick: 14 percent
-No. 2 pick: 13.4 percent
-No. 3 pick: 12.7 percent
-No. 4 pick: 12 percent
-No. 5 pick: 47.9 percent

[RELATED: Will Dubs contend for '21 title? 'Hell yes,' Kirk Lacob says]

If the Dubs don't trade the selection, it will be their first time making a lottery pick since 2012 when they took Harrison Barnes at No. 7 overall.

The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place Oct. 16.

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Warriors, Hawks announce 'Voter’s Win' registration competition for fans

Warriors, Hawks announce 'Voter’s Win' registration competition for fans

Neither the Warriors nor the Atlanta Hawks were invited to participate last month in the NBA’s Orlando restart. Already eliminated from postseason, they were relegated being spectators.

Neither franchise, however, settled for short-term irrelevance. They will compete against each other in ways that exceed the boundaries of sports.

Both teams announced Thursday that they are launching a “Voter’s Win” registration drive involving their fans, with the winner will be determined by the fan base best represented by new voters between Aug. 13 and national election day on Nov. 3.

“It’s great that the Warriors and Hawks are coming together on this program to challenge to get our fans to register to vote,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It's a collective effort. It’s something the NBA believes in deeply, that everybody in this country takes part in our democracy.

“This is not about who you're voting for. It's about exercising your right as an American citizen to vote. We want to make it into a competition, have little fun with it and challenge everybody out there to register and be ready to vote in November.”

The initiative, in partnership with “I Am a Voter” organization, will be split into a four-quarter format, like NBA games, with the “score” being announced at the end of each quarter. Dub Nation can engage the process by texting “WARRIORS” to 26797 to receive instructions.

The winner of each quarter will receive the “Good Trouble” trophy, so named after the signature phrase of the late Rep. John Lewis.

[RELATED: Why Klay believes it's a "hard time to play" in NBA restart]

“‘The Voters Win’ competition is a fun way to encourage fans to use their voices and exercise their right to vote,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said in a statement. “It’s incredibly important that every member of our community, that is of age, is registered to vote and with 82 days left until the general election, the time is now to make sure you are ready for November.”

Behind such activists as Stephen Curry, COO Rick Welts and Kerr, this is the latest example of the Warriors' commitment to making statements beyond the court.

 

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