Warriors move on with a sweep of the Trail Blazers

Camille Rivera
April 26, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Ailing Golden State Warriors coach Steve missed Game 4 against the Trail Blazers in Portland because of symptoms stemming from back surgery.

That almost happened Monday night.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and Mike Brown confer with official in 3rd quarter of Warriors' 119-113 win over Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of NBA Western Conference 1st Round Playoffs at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Toronto lost Game 6 on the road at IN in the first round and at Miami IN the second round a year ago, rebounding to win Game 7 at home each time.

By time Trail Blazers scored their first points of the game off a three-pointer from Evan Turner with 8:21 to play in the first quarter, the Warriors had already made three three-pointers, two layups, a midrange jumper and a free throw to go up 14-3. "The coaches I have around me all kind of put me at ease, and it turns into a real fluid situation", Brown said. "They came out really energized, focused".

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This is a bit laughable given the fact that they won the championship in 2015 and were a few plays and a suspension away from winning back-to-back titles. That series is tied at two games apiece.

Portland got no closer than 18 in the second quarter, and no closer than 23 after intermission.

With the trio of Lillard, McCollum and Nurkic, the Trail Blazers have a blueprint for the future.

"I think it was much more about them and how good they are", Stotts said. We're hoping that over the next week or two, whatever it is, I can sort of make a definitive realization or deduction, or just feel it that I'm going to do this or I'm not.

Damian Lillard scored 34 on 12 of 24 shooting, the only Portland starter to score in double figures. Lillard played the entirety of the first, second and third quarters, only exiting with 6:11 to play in the fourth.

"I'm not going to do that to our team and our staff", Kerr said. "I couldn't go full speed". With things getting worse, I decided I couldn't coach. We have to look at that and understand that we got to be better. Al-Farouq Aminu had 25 points off the bench. Check out Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers live stream, confirmed starting line-ups, live score updates and highlights of Warriors vs Blazers basketball match on this page below.

The Warriors could also be without Kevin Durant in Game 4 because of a strained left calf.

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