After taking a 2-0 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers, it will be a few days before the Golden State Warriors return to the court. The defending champs won’t play again until Saturday when they visit Portland for Game 3 of their second-round series.
The Warriors blew out the Blazers with a 12-point victory in Game 1 after leading by 26 points, and came back from an 11-point deficit on Tuesday to take Game 2 by 11 points.
Since Golden State and Portland opened their series before the Eastern Conference concluded its first round, the schedule allows for the two teams to get three days of rest.
The extended rest is likely welcomed by Golden State, who await Stephen Curry's recovery from his sprained MCL. After Curry suffered the injury against the Houston Rockets in the first round, the Warriors announced that their point guard would be re-evaluated after two weeks. That would put him on target to return for Game 4 at the earliest, but Curry believes he might be ready for Saturday’s Game 3.
Despite falling behind early in Game 2, Golden State has performed just fine without Curry this postseason. Outscoring their opponents by 83 points since Curry went down, the Warriors have won four straight games by double-digits. Klay Thompson is averaging 28.5 points while shooting 65 percent from three-point range over that time period.
The Blazers hope things turn around at Moda Center. Terry Stotts' squad didn't fare well on the road in the regular season, finishing with a 16-25 record. But Portland went 28-13 at home, and they are 3-0 at home in the playoffs. Golden State’s one playoff loss came on the road, and they won 34 road games compared to 39 home wins in the regular season.
One of the Warriors’ seven road losses came in Portland, and it was Golden State’s biggest defeat of the season. Curry’s 31 points and seven three-pointers weren’t enough to keep the Warriors competitive, and the Blazers came away with a 137-105 victory. Damian Lillard poured in 51 points on 28 field-goal attempts.
Lillard leads Portland with 23.4 points per game this postseason, and contributed 25 points on Tuesday night. Thompson leads Golden State with 25.9 points per game, and Draymond Green is second on the team with 15.1 points per contest.
The Western Conference Finals will begin no later than May 17, but they could start on May 15 or May 16, depending on the outcome of the two second round series. The NBA Finals start on June 2.
Game 3: at Portland, Saturday, May 7, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 4: at Portland, Monday, May 9, 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)