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Morning After: Everything you may have missed from the Blazers win over the Warriors

Morning After: Everything you may have missed from the Blazers win over the Warriors

The Blazers welcomed the Warriors to town, but it wasn't the Warriors we are used to.

Kevin Durant is now in Brooklyn, and Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are on the injured list. But the didn't stop Draymond Green and company from pushing the Blazers for four quarters. 

The Warriors jumped out to the early 9-2 lead before Damian Lillard made them pump the brakes. 

The Blazers' star scored 16 points in the first quarter alone, adding five assists as well.  The teams battled from there, with the Warriors taking the lead back with 48 seconds left in the first half, only for Lillard to give the lead back to Portland 15 seconds later. Thought the Warriors kept it close, the Blazers never trailed again. 

Hassan Whiteside pulled down a season-high 23 rebounds, two off his career-high 25, and dropped 16 points for another double-double. 

Damian Lillard finished with a game-high 31 points, and after combining for 80 points against the Suns the Blazers big three of Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony combined for 78 against the Warriors. 

The Blazers picked up the win and moved one step closer to .500. 

Final Score: Blazers 122 - Warriors 112. 


QUOTABLES:

Damian Lillard on pulling out the victory:

We started the game how we wanted to start. I thought our energy was right, we was focused and they made a run, like every team is capable of and usually they do. They had some guys out there that could score the ball so it was expected, but like you said, we was able to weather the storm by just doing the things we needed to do. I think defensively, we just would tighten up when we needed to tighten up. Offensively, we tightened up when we needed to tighten up. Especially down the stretch, when the game was really on the line, we did all the things necessary to win.

Coach Stotts on Anthony Tolliver:

I liked the way he played. Anthony, unfortunately a lot of times, people just look at shooting, but he always brings energy, he always knows where he’s supposed to be, he’s in good defensive positions, and he brings experience to the court at both ends.

Hassan Whiteside on importance of the win:

I think early in the season, we had lost to them so I think it was early, we had lost to a couple teams like that that wasn’t doing as well. But as the season went on, we’ve got to come out here and execute and I think we’re better as a team than when we played them last time at execution and our identity. We know each other a lot better.

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NBA playoff schedule 2019: Trail Blazers vs. Warriors Western Conference Finals dates, times, TV

NBA playoff schedule 2019: Trail Blazers vs. Warriors Western Conference Finals dates, times, TV

The Trail Blazers are headed to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 19 years.

They reached the third round of the NBA playoffs Sunday by defeating the Denver Nuggets 100-96 in Game 7.

This year's Western Conference finals will be a battle of the Currys, and feature perhaps the two best backcourts in the NBA.

Portland and Golden State split their four-game series during the regular season, with each side winning a game on the other's home floor.

The Western Conference finals will begin Tuesday in Oakland.

Here's the Western Conference finals schedule. All games will be televised on ESPN: 

Game 1 -- Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. PT in Oakland
Game 2 -- Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m. PT in Oakland
Game 3 -- Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m. PT in Portland
Game 4 -- Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m. PT in Portland
Game 5 -- Wednesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. PT in Oakland (if necessary)
Game 6 -- Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m. PT in Portland (if necessary)
Game 7 -- Sunday, May 26, at 6 p.m. PT in Oakland (if necessary)

Seth Curry, Steph to test brotherly love in Western Conference finals

Seth Curry, Steph to test brotherly love in Western Conference finals

Arguably the two best backcourts in the game.

Damian Lillard returning to his hometown of Oakland, for what could be the final playoff series ever at Oracle Arena.

The potential returns of both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.

The Western Conference finals matchup is now set after the Trail Blazers eliminated the Nuggets in Game 7 on Sunday, setting up a matchup with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. The series offers plenty of reasons for intrigue, but there's one in particular that stands out for its historical rarity.

And it's bound to stress out every member of the Curry family.

In these Western Conference finals, Portland's Seth and Golden State's Steph Curry will become just the seventh pair of brothers in NBA history to face each other in an NBA playoff series.

This, however, will be the first-ever time two brothers have gone head-to-head in the conference finals.

Apparently, the elder brother was anticipating this outcome:

It's a simultaneous best-and-worst-case scenario for Dell and Sonya Curry. One of their sons is guaranteed to play for the NBA championship. The other won't get the opportunity (this year, at least).

If you think that's tough, just imagine what Sunday would have been like had the Warriors not eliminated the Rockets in six games of their second-round series. Had that series gone seven games, their Game 7 would also have been on Sunday, forcing the Curry parents to divide-and-conquer in support.

Luckily for the parents, the Warriors handled business in Houston, allowing them to be present for Seth's contributions to Portland's thrilling Game 7 road win in Denver.

You can be sure the Curry parents will be in attendance for all games of the Western Conference finals, however many there may be.

How they split up the team allegiances, though, is anyone's guess.

Are Dame and CJ the best backcourt duo in the West?

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Are Dame and CJ the best backcourt duo in the West?

Are Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum the best backcourt in the Western Conference? Not if you ask the folks over at The Ringer

The Ringer put together its comprehensive list and the Blazers backcourt duo came in at No.5.

According to the article, "The way the Blazers fizzled in the playoffs raised serious questions about the long-term fit in their backcourt. It’s hard to win in the playoffs when your two best players are 6-foot-3 and under. Portland has a high floor with Dame and C.J. orchestrating the offense, but it also appears to have a low ceiling. The Blazers are a prime candidate to get blown up if they lose any ground this season in a fiercely competitive conference."

So which duos ranked above them? Here is the list:

No.1 - Warriors, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson

No.2 - Rockets, Chris Paul and James Harden

No.3 - Thunder, Russell Westbrook and Paul George

No.4 - Jazz, Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell.

Really? We have a few things to say

1) Paul George is a natural three, not a two, so we feel that is a bit of a stretch to place OKC above Portland.

2) Donovan Mitchell is a stud, a future All-Star, but that combo of Mitchell and Rubio is not better than Dame and CJ. Utah's duo combined for 33.5 points and 9.0 assists per game. Portland's duo combined for 48.3 points and 10.0 assists per game. The stats tell the story.

Revised, the ranking should be Warriors, Rockets, Blazers, Jazz, Thunder. 

What do think? Is the Blazers duo where they should be, or would you rank them higher?

 

Blazers can't keep pace with Warriors in 111-104 loss

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Blazers can't keep pace with Warriors in 111-104 loss

Even without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, the Warriors were just too much for the Trail Blazers. Portland fell to Golden State, 111-104, dropping the first game of a five-game road trip, and losing their fifth game in a row. The Blazers now look to right the ship on Wednesday in Miami.

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Final Score: Warriors 111 – Blazers 104

Postgame Videos:
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