On Tuesday night the NBA Western Conference Finals game one took place between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers. It was sure to be a hotly contested match as both teams were in great form and to add fuel to the rivalry there were brothers on either side.
The warriors haven’t seemed convincing in the playoffs but after game one they’ve proved why they are the most feared team in the NBA.
Curry’s Warrior Like Performance
Stephen Curry has been far from his usual self in this playoffs, he has been putting up mediocre numbers of late. But that ended since their star of the playoffs Kevin Durant suffered a right calf strain in game 5 against the Houston Rockets. Curry put on a shooting master class in Game 1 against the Blazers, having shot 9 three pointers on his way to 36 points.He stays at the end of the night were 12 of 23 from the field and he added 7 assists and made 6 rebounds. He led the Warriors to a comfortable 116-94 victory in the end.
Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson also had a huge part to play scoring 26 points, while Draymond Green also had a good night with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
Blazers Fought Hard
The score might have looked like the game was an easy one for the Warriors throughout but that was not the case. During the third quarter alone the Blazers went on a 11-4 and closed the quarter with the scores at 77-71. Only in the fourth quarter did the Warriors pull away after outscoring the Blazers by 16 points in the final twelve minutes.
What Went Wrong For The Blazers
Turnovers was a huge issue for the Blazers throughout the game. They had 21 turnovers which proved costly and their offensive game wasn’t helpful either. They struggled with the strongest point of their offence which is three pointers, they only managed to shoot 7 of 28 from range amounting to just 36.1% overall. Their two biggest stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum had a rough night which was surprising considering their performances throughout the series against the Denver Nuggets.
No Impact From The Bench
McCollum scores 17 but was shocking from range and missed 5 of 6 three point attempts. Lillard wasn’t any better only scoring 19 points, together the pair only shot 11 of 31 which certainly can’t continue if they want take down a Warriors team who leaves no room for error. Portland’s bench has been a strong point for them but failed to make any impact in the game as well. Steph Curry’s brother Seth Curry also had a bad night and was in his brothers shadow all game.
Only The Start
This series has only started so there’s plenty of time for the Blazers to come back. The Warriors now lead the series 1-0 in the best of 7 series and beating them more often than not is arguably the hardest feat to achieve in the NBA. If the Blazers are to have any chance of winning the series they’ll need consistent performances from Lillard and McCollum.