Warriors Put Up 116 Points in Routine Win Over Portland Trail Blazers
As we had expected, Golden State had little trouble with the Portland Trail Blazers in game one of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors won 116 – 94.
We say as expected because we felt all along that Golden State faced its biggest threat from the Houston Rockets and they won that series four games to two.
Game 1 of the Western Conference final must have been a delight for Golden State fans, as they outscored the Trail Blazers in every period save the third.
Stephen Curry went off for 36 points, making nine of 15 three-point attempts in the process to tie a personal best in that category, matching his output from game one of the NBA Championship final last year against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors sent a clear signal. “We are not the New Zealand Warriors…”
Well, actually the signal was that not even the lack of Kevin Durant was much hindrance in the Warriors’ quest for a third consecutive NBA Championship.
Curry only had to work for 35 minutes, as Golden State had double-digit support from the bench, with Jonas Jerebko contributing 12 points, identical to Quinn Cook.
It was Curry the elder, Stephen, playing against his younger brother Seth. The younger Curry brother played for 19 minutes from the Trail Blazers bench, but was an un-Curry-like one of seven from the field, so once again, Stephen will be able to lay claim to the top bunk.
Golden State limited Damian Lillard to 1p points and game seven hero of the Trail Blazers – Denver Nuggets series CJ McCollum was held to 17.
It would appear that Portland simply does not have the firepower to compete alongside the Warriors.
Starting centre Andrew Bogut only had to work for eight minutes in the game, as Golden State relied on the “small ball” formula that has produced two championships.