Steph Curry and Draymond Green make NBA history in Game 4 vs Blazers Steph Curry and Draymond Green make NBA history in Game 4 vs
Blazers By Brian Witt May 20, 2019 8:35 PM
In ending the Trail Blazers' season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green made NBA history.
En route to eliminating Portland in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday night, Curry and Green became the first pair of teammates in NBA playoff history to both record triple-doubles in the same game Stephen Curry and Draymond Green have become the first pair of teammates in Postseason history to both record a triple-double in the same game — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 21, 2019
Game 4 required overtime, but both players compiled their triple-doubles in regulation
Curry -- who didn't step off the court after halftime -- finished the 119-117 overtime victory with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists Green was equally critical to the win, totaling 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his eighth career playoff triple-double and his fourth this postseason
Green's 3-pointer with 396 seconds remaining in overtime proved to be the decisive basket of the game , and Curry's rebound of Damian Lillard's missed shot in the final seconds closed out the victory Five numbers that stand out from Warriors sweep of the Trail Blazers AP By James Ham May 21, 2019 10:27 AM
PORTLAND -- Sweep The Portland Trail Blazers put up a fight in all but one of the four games of the Western Conference Finals, but in the end, the Golden State Warriors’ experience and talent were too much to overcome
It was a short, but entertaining series with plenty of sidenotes and quality storylines.
. Here are five numbers to look at coming out of the series as the Warriors move on to the NBA Finals 3
The Trail Blazers held a lead of 17 points or more in all of the final three games of the series Leads mean very little when you are facing the Golden State Warriors They sore in bunches and have two of the greatest shooters in the history of the NBA
Saying that, Portland looked panicked at times and allowed Draymond Green and Stephen Curry to control the pace of the game They caught in switches and had no answer for Steve Kerr’s in game adjustments
Despite an incredible home crowd and plenty of injuries to the Warriors, the Blazers weren’t able to close out the Champs and steal even a game at the Moda Center.
The last time an NBA team went to five straight NBA Finals it was the Boston Celtics, led by Red Auerbach, Bill Russell and John Havlicek during the 1965-66 season Boston strung together 10 straight finals appearances, winning nine, including eight straight ending in 1966
What the Warriors are doing is impressive, although Michael Jordan’s Bulls may have gone to eight straight if the NBA legend hadn’t stepped aside during the 1993-94 season and most of the 1994-95 campaign
Golden State is on a path to pick up their fourth ring in five years If they keep the squad together, the run could last another few seasons
Curry and Green were incredible in Game 4.
The pair of All-Stars posted triple-doubles as the Warriors found a way to overcome injuries and a huge deficit to sweep the Blazers
Curry came out swinging early, scoring 25 of his 37 points in the first half He knocked down 7-of-16 from long range and 11-of-25 from the field overall Once he established his scoring, he found his teammates for 11 assists and turned the ball over just twice in 47 minutes of action He chipped in 13 rebounds, showing that he’s more than just the greatest shooter the game has ever seen
While Green didn’t post the offensive numbers Curry did, he still managed to post an 18-point, 14-rebound, 11-assists performance He turned the ball over six times, but added three steals and two blocks while creating chaos on the defensive end
The Warriors needed a long layoff to heal and Kerr left his two stars on the court for major minutes to insure that they got the win 30 and 12
Meyers Leonard is known more for his massive contract than his play on the court
The 27-year-old center was a difference maker from the opening tip on Monday at the Moda Center.
Leonard dropped in 14 points in the first quarter and kept the ball rolling throughout the first half He scored 25 of his career-high 30 before the intermission and forced the Warriors to make adjustments
There was a moment fourth quarter where two Warriors ran at Leonard on the perimeter The 7-footer calmly dished the ball to Damian Lillard for an open 3-pointer
He finished the night with 30 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes If you had Leonard dropping 30 and 12 as a prop bet, you made a fortune 5-0
Golden State continues to steam roll through the postseason despite superstar Kevin Durant going down with a calf injury five games ago They sealed the deal against Houston and then swept the Blazers in a quick series
Kerr has used Alfonzo McKinnie and Jonas Jerebko to eat a lot of the minutes The Warriors head coach even turned to rookie Jacob Evans to steal eat time on Monday evening
Durant wasn’t the only player missing from the Warriors rotation DeMarcus Cousins has sat most of the postseason with a quad injury and Andre Iguodala couldn’t play in the Western Conference finale with a calf injury
With 10 days off to heal up, the Warriors might get back to full strength before facing either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors Even if they don’t, they’ve proven they can beat quality teams at less than full strength
Warriors owner Joe Lacob says Kevin Durant coming back for NBA Finals Warriors owner Joe Lacob says Kevin Durant coming back for NBA Finals By Drew Shiller May 21, 2019 10:01 AM
Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app
Kevin Durant sustained a strained right calf late in the third quarter of the Warriors' Game 5 win over the Rockets in the second round of the NBA playoffs
The reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP missed the Western Conference finals against the Trail Blazers and didn't travel to Portland for Games 3 and 4
The Warriors are scheduled to provide an official update on KD's status on Thursday Owner Joe Lacob might already know something that the public doesn't know yet
“I don’t know if you forgot so quickly how in the first round, and the second round, and how everyone was saying Kevin was the greatest player in the world and he was dominant," he told Sam Amick of The Atheltic on Monday night "So he was incredibly important
"Unfortunately, he got injured.
He’s coming back now for the Finals, and so the story’s not fully written yet"
Oh Well Nice Good to know
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So he will be ready for Game 1 in either Milwaukee or Toronto on Thursday, May 30?
That part is unclear at this point But it sure sounds like the Dubs are expecting him to be back in uniform in the not-so-distant future