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Warriors vs. Blazers Game 3 watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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Warriors vs. Blazers Game 3 watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

PORTLAND - The Warriors will enter Moda Center Saturday night looking to do something they've failed to do this postseason. 

Take a 3-0 lead in a series. 

Beating the Blazers in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals would be a deathblow in the seven-game series and get the champs one step closer to their fifth consecutive NBA Finals.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30 p.m. PT with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Playoff Central. Tipoff of the ESPN telecast is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. PT.

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On Friday afternoon, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said DeMarcus Cousins could return in the near future and Kevin Durant soon after. If Golden State can secure a Game 3 win, it will be a great service to help get the team rest and plenty of time for both All-Stars to get healthy for a potential championship matchup against either the Toronto Raptors or Milwaukee Bucks. 

For now, let's get you ready for Game 3.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Andre Iguodala
F Draymond Green
C Andrew Bogut
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Trail Blazers
F Al-Farouq Aminu
F Maurice Harkless
C Enes Kanter
G CJ McCollum
G Damian Lillard

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: (C DeMarcus Cousins (L quadriceps tear) and F Kevin Durant (R calf strain) are listed as out.

Blazers: C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) is listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: With Durant out, Kerr has played most of his bench, who has responded. Jordan Bell, who has seen his playing time dwindle this season - finished with 11 points, three rebounds and a block in Game 2. 

Draymond Green was also crucial in Game 2, contributing to the Warriors last 16 points of the night, as the team rallied for a late win. 

As the Warriors wait for Durant's return, the burden will continue to lay on Curry, who's been fantastic of late, averaging 35.3 points, on 49 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range over his last three games. 

Entering Saturday evening, the Warriors are 10-1 against the Blazers in the postseason dating back to 2016.

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Blazers: Portland changed its defensive action against the pick-and-roll Thursday night, opting to bring their big man up against the shooter. It didn't make a difference as Curry finished with 37 points on 11-of-22 shooting. 

For the Blazers to have any shot against the champs, Lillard, an Oakland native, will need a big game. In four regular-season matchups against the champs, Lillard averaged 28.3 points, 6.5 assists, including 50 percent from beyond the arc. 

Portland's biggest problem heading into Game 2 will be its defense. It's starting center Enes Kanter is among the worst defenders in the league and will certainly be targeted by Curry all night. 

Officials: Zach Zarba (#15), David Guthrie (#16), Pat Fraher (#26), Alternate: Kevin Scott (#28)

NBA rumors: Knicks contemplating big one-year DeMarcus Cousins offer

NBA rumors: Knicks contemplating big one-year DeMarcus Cousins offer

Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins will become an unrestricted free agent Sunday, and he just might be bound for the Big Apple when it's all said and done.

Marc Stein of The New York Times has the information:

So, the Knicks wouldn't consider the same offer for Cousins if Kevin Durant does sign with them?

If you were hoping Cousins returning to the Warriors was a serious possibility, you shouldn't hold your breath. They only can offer Boogie a maximum of $6.4 million next season.

"I would say that the hope is that frankly he [Cousins] can do a lot better financially than what we could offer him," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters on June 14. "But who knows? Every year is different.

"I could absolutely foresee a place for DeMarcus here if he wanted to come back. It's just a question of what are his goals, what is out there for him."

Well, it's safe to assume that "considerable" means way more than $6.4 million, which would be very hard for Cousins to pass up.

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Will any other teams pony up big money for the soon-to-be 29-year-old? Will someone offer a multiyear contract?

Boogie has been through a lot in the last 18 months, and hopefully he gets what he's seeking.

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Steve Kerr issues early message to Warriors fans about next season

Steve Kerr issues early message to Warriors fans about next season

It's way too early to know what sort of expectations the Warriors will bring into next season.

Kevin Durant is a free agent, and it's anybody's guess what the two-time Finals MVP will decide. Even if he does re-sign with the Dubs, he'll probably miss the entire season as he recovers from his ruptured right Achilles.

Klay Thompson also is a free agent. And even though it's widely expected that he will return to the only franchise he's played for, the five-time All-Star will be sidelined for much (if not all) of the 2019-20 campaign as he makes the journey back from his left ACL tear.

Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala both are entering the final year of their contracts.

DeMarcus Cousins most likely is gone. Shaun Livingston might retire, or he could be waived or traded. Kevon Looney is an unrestricted free agent, and it's far from certain that he'll be back for a fifth season.

Jonas Jerebko is a free agent, Andrew Bogut is headed back to Australia, and the Warriors haven't yet extended qualifying offers to Jordan Bell or Quinn Cook.

The Warriors selected three players in last week's NBA draft, and it's unclear if any of them will be mainstays in the rotation.

There's a lot of uncertainty right now.

"We'll see what our roster ends up looking like," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on Wednesday. "Everything's on the table for us going into next year -- from starting jobs, to style of play -- we got a lot to sort through. And from that perspective, I think it's exciting.

"I think our fans ... obviously we want to compete for a championship every year, and our fans probably expect that, and we've had that the last five years. But I think next year, there will be a lot of interest from our fans in watching our young players grow, and watching a team form and watching a style form. And we'll see how all that comes together.

"But I know I'm excited and our staff is excited for what's coming."

Kerr essentially is telling Warriors fans ...

... to make other plans in early June because a sixth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals looks very unlikely.

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There already are plenty of people in the basketball world who believe the Dubs will be fighting just to make the playoffs.

Again, it's way too early to make any sort of predictions. But Year 1 in Chase Center is going to be ...

... different in many ways.

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