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The Blazers Won't Win in Six, but So What?

One problem: The similar influence of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant looms even larger, which essentially ends Portland's first-round series against the Golden State Warriors before it even begins. Lillard just completed the best season of his career, and even if his contributions are still nearly exclusively on the offensive end (something he will not be able to get away with when tasked with trying to cover Steph Curry), they are so plentiful as to be elite.

There's a major difference between Jennings's prediction and Lillard's.

Trail Blazers: Lillard said the Blazers are going into the playoffs to "shock the world".

Lillard smiled and played along. McCollum's scorching 44.6 percent accuracy needs context, too. With the intensity turned up to the max as a result, all eyes will be on how well this team plays and particularly when it comes to the return of Kevin Durant.

There was a time when Portland could have made life somewhat uncomfortable for the best team on the planet.

So I stammered through a rephrasing, about how the Warriors won a lot more games than the Trail Blazers this year, and how the Blazers certainly see themselves as underdogs and are probably using that as motivation.

Game 1 of the Warriors-Blazers series starts on Sunday, April 16 at the Oracle Arena in Damian Lillard's hometown of Oakland, California, per "It was a lighthearted exchange", Lillard explained Thursday to ESPN.

Nurkic's absence should allow Golden State to play small nearly exclusively if it wants, which has typically been awful news for opposing teams.

Arguably their best player and legitimate Defensive Player of the Year contender, Rudy Gobert is the key to any success the Jazz might have in the postseason.

More than half of McCollum's makes can from inside the paint as he went 11 for 16 before the break, with three 3s.

The Blazers (41-41) lost all four regular season match-ups versus the Warriors (67-15) this year.

"I feel better and I've made good progress, but we still haven't decided if I'm going to play", Nurkic said.

The two-time reigning MVP is looking to add a second NBA Finals trophy to his collection. But that's not an option with Durant around.

Let's take a look at three players that will need to have career-type numbers and explain what their priority should be going into the series.

Steph Curry. It's turn up time. None of them are close to foolproof. April 24 Golden State at Portland, 7:30 p.m., TNT Game 5 - Wednesday.

Aside from the starters though, the Warriors can really take advantage of their diverse options off the bench in this kind of series and really hammer home their frontcourt's ability to get up and down on both ends of the floor. Portland C Jusuf Nurkic (leg) missed his seventh straight game. The over is 18-6 in the last 24 meetings overall and the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Golden State.


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