Stephen Curry, who sources confirmed will be named the NBA Most Valuable Player for a second straight season, is not expected to suit up when the Golden State Warriors visit Moda Center to face the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 on Monday night.
Curry is officially listed as doubtful for Game 4, with the Warriors owning a 2-1 series lead. Head coach Steve Kerr isn’t rushing his superstar guard back too soon, but noted that Curry is making progress.
"He went through practice. He played three-on-three at the end of practice. He looked pretty good. He looked about like he did [Saturday] in terms of the movement," Kerr said on Sunday. "Conditioning's going to be an issue, but hopefully he can get more and more work and we'll see how he comes up tomorrow in terms of after a night of sleep coming off the workout."
Making it a 2-1 series, Blazers point guard Damian Lillard exploded for a playoff-high 40 points while backcourt mate C.J. McCollum fired off 22 points and forward Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in 23 points in a 120-108 win.
Hitting 56.7 percent of its threes, with Lillard responsible for eight of them, Game 3 served as Portland’s biggest margin of victory in the postseason and just Golden State’s second loss.
But it’s not as if Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were slacking. Green nearly put up a triple-double of 37 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists and Thompson totaled 35 points, but the Warriors couldn’t silence Portland’s long-range sharpshooting.
Portland does have an injury concern, as well. Starting forward Moe Harkless played only seven minutes in Game 3 due to a right hip contusion, but he’s currently listed as probable.
Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TNT
Live Stream: TNT Overtime
Betting Odds: Golden State 4.5 points
Over/Under: 214 points
Prediction: Golden State over Portland, 125-98