Five Fun Storylines for Warriors-Blazers Western Conference Finals
The Trail Blazers haven’t been to the Western Conference Finals in 19 years. During that 1999-2000 WCF run against the Lakers, Game 7 wrapped up on June 4th. We don’t need to think about that series, but think about this for a second—
Four days after that Game 7, Trail Blazers current rookie shooting guard Anfernee Simons was celebrating his first birthday.
Simons hadn’t even turned a year old the last time the Blazers made it to the WCF.
As this playoff run continues there’s no doubt Rip City is having fun and going to continue to have fun, but here are some other fun storylines that you might want to keep an eye on…
No. 1 -- Dame goes back to his roots in Oracle’s last hurrah
The Warriors are playing their final season at Oracle Arena, a memorable building that's been the home to the back-to-back champs for 47 seasons now.
Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard has said on many occasions that while growing up in Oakland he went to plenty of game at Oracle as a youngster.
It seems very fitting that Lillard would make it to his first Western Conference Finals and tip-off Game 1 of the series in the arena he grew up dreaming about playing in and in its final run as an NBA arena.
No. 2 -- Seth vs. Steph
The real question is how many tickets to the WCF games does Curry family get??
In these Western Conference finals, Portland’s Seth and Golden State's Steph Curry will become just the seventh pair of brothers in league history to face each other in an NBA playoff series.
According to Elias Sports, Warriors guard Stephen Curry & Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry are the first brothers ever to meet in the conference finals and the first brothers to play against each other in any round since Marc Gasol (Grizzlies) & Pau Gasol (Spurs) in the 2017 First Round.
No 3. -- Thompson has always held Portland close to his heart
Klay Thompson's father, former Trail Blazer Mychal Thompson, moved his family to Lake Oswego back in 1992, when Klay was 2-years-old. The Trail Blazers used the No. 1 pick to select Mychal in the 1978 NBA draft after a standout career at Minnesota. Mychal played ball for the Blazers from ’78-86. The Thompsons remained in Lake Oswego until 2004.
Klay grew up as a star athlete on both the basketball court and baseball field in the Portland area. Thompson along with Cleveland Cavs star Kevin Love played for the Lake Oswego All-Star baseball teams in the fifth and sixth grades. The All-Star team won the state title and nearly earned a berth in the Little League World Series.
No. 4 -- Ducks fans will be excited to see if Bell can get some run
Oregon Ducks standout Jordan Bell made the most of his opportunity when the Warriors closed out the Rockets last week.
The injury to Kevin Durant in Game 5, forced Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr to go deeper into his bench for Game 6 in Houston.
When Bell was called upon he delivered. Through the first five games of the series, Bell had played 11 seconds, just four seconds in Game 1 and then seven seconds in Game 4.
And all of sudden, he was playing 11 effective minutes in Game 6 helping the Warriors in a 118-113 victory that sent the Rockets packing. Bell recorded four points, two rebounds, two blocks and one assist. With Durant out for Game 1 and the uncertainty surrounding Durant's availability for the conference finals, Bell might see more time on the floor vs. Portland.
No. 5 -- ‘I’m trying’ Jennifer is a Warriors fan
Her two worlds are about to collide.
Good ole Twitter troll Jenifer has now become a fan favorite in Rip City because of her “twitter motivation”. See the tweet to from August 2018. The woman behind the famous “I’m trying Jennifer” post received even more attention on Sunday after CJ McCollum’s phenomenal performance in the Blazers’ Game 7 victory.
Jennifer Williams tweeted out, “CJ is trying his a$$ off!!” And now, CJ will continue his trying ways through the WCF against Williams’ hometown team the Golden State Warriors. Williams has said many times that she is a big Warriors fan, but she enjoys watching McCollum, Damian Lillard, and the rest of the Blazers.