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The best-of-seven series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors now shifts to Portland. Both teams are expecting an extremely energetic crowd for Game 3, especially because the Trail Blazers fan base hasn’t seen a Western Conference Finals game in 19 years.
After the Warriors held on and defeated the Blazers in Game 2 on Thursday night, Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr said, "We stole one tonight. They played better than we did."
Trail Blazer guard CJ McCollum didn’t think the Warriors just stole the game.
“I mean, they stole it, but they earned it down the stretch,” McCollum said postgame. “They made more plays than us in the last two minutes, last three minutes, but I like our chances going forward. I like the way we came out and competed.”
McCollum and Rodney Hood both expressed how eager they are to get back to Portland.
“We got to bring that same energy at home,” McCollum said. “Understand that this is the first time in 19 years we've been in the Conference Final. I know they will be excited and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity playing at home and building on what we've done. Being down 0-2, it's not what you would like to see but it's our reality, so now we got to go get some at home."
“We were encouraged after Game 1 when we didn’t play as well and we are just as encouraged now,” Hood said. “We feel like we’ve proven we can play with those guys and we can win. It’s about sustaining it, which is the toughest part… There’s another game on Saturday. Take care of home and come back here Game 5. Every game is different. I know it feels bad, we had a chance to win this one but we’ll be ready come Saturday.”
Where to Watch: ESPN
Tip-Off Time: 6:00 p.m.
Point spread: Portland -7
NBCS NW Coverage: Blazers Outsiders Pregame Show (5:30 p.m.), Blazers Outsiders Postgame Show (immediately after the game).
Radio: 620AM Rip City Radio
For the Trail Blazers, Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) is out for Saturday’s Game 3 vs. Golden State.
For the Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins (left quad) and Kevin Durant (right calf) are out.