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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.

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala. DeMarcus Cousins. Shaun Livingston.

What do they have in common? None of them play for the Warriors anymore.

Klay Thompson is expected to miss a large portion of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL.

Combine all of this with the fact the Western Conference is insanely loaded, and you got people who believe the Dubs will either struggle to make the playoffs or miss the postseason altogether.

Steph Curry played in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and had the following interaction with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:

The break in the action on the 16th hole was coming to an end. Curry’s turn was near, leaving time for one final question.

Are the Warriors making the playoffs?

He was almost through the word “facts” when he realized it was a question and not a statement. Suddenly, his calm expression disappeared. His face scrunched and his voice elevated above a whisper, adding a shriek for emphasis.

“What?!” he said, playfully agitated by the sheer audacity of the question. “What?!”

The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight years. They've appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three titles.

Curry is a two-time MVP and is on the short list of best players in the NBA. Draymond Green is incredible and always will be underrated.

Golden State added 23-year old D'Angelo Russell, who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season en route to making his first All-Star Game.

[RELATEDWarriors didn't sign Russell just to trade him, Myers says]

Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers still are onboard. 

Be careful doubting the Dubs.

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

Who is the best player in the NBA?

If you asked five different people, you might get five different answers.  But where's the fun in that?

Enter the NBA2K video game series. 

The ratings for the top 20 players in the new NBA2K20 game were unveiled Monday, and while it's hard to argue with the players that were included, there's naturally plenty of controversy regarding their respective rankings.

For instance, Warriors fans might feel like Steph Curry belongs in the top five. NBA2K20 disagrees. 

Curry came in as the No. 6 ranked players in NBA2K20 with an overall rating of 95, just behind Houston's James Harden and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant (both 96 overall). 

Rounding out the top three: reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounpo (96 overall), reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (97 overall), and finally, the Lakers' LeBron James (97 overall).

Just like his fellow backcourt mate, one could make the case Golden State's Klay Thompson is underrated as well. With an overall rating of 89, Thompson comes in at No. 14 in the player rankings.

While you can quibble with the Splash Brothers' overall rankings, you can't when it comes to their specialized skill sets. Out of all the players in NBA2K20, Curry and Thompson are ranked as the two best 3-point shooters, respectively. Curry has the maximum 3-point shooting rating possible (99), while Thompson isn't far behind at 97. 

Now, the most pressing NBA2K20 ratings question remaining: Where the heck is Draymond Green?