Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry back in form
The Portland Trail Blazers took advantage in Game 3 when the Golden State Warriors MVP Stephen Curry was out of the lineup. Now that he’s back, the Dubs are ready to do what they can do and take away with any suspense in their series with the Blazers. Game 5 between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 10:30 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. The matchup will be televised on TNT.
The big story of the day heading into Monday’s Game 4 was how Stephen Curry would perform after a 15-day layoff due to a MCL sprain in his right knee. Curry was slow to start which was expected after the big layoff. He didn’t start the game and just shot 6 of 18 from the field with no three-pointers for 13 points in the first three quarters. Then something happened to Curry in the fourth quarter. Curry caught on fire in the fourth and was blistering hot in overtime. He shot for 40 points in 37 minutes. Included were 17 points in overtime, setting a NBA record for extra-period scoring. No question about Curry’s health anymore, he’s back. the Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the post game press that Curry will start on Wednesday.
The Portland Trail Blazers are a very good team and they have not been blown out in this series. They have led the Warriors at the half time intermission for the third straight game. The Warriors defensive pressure in Game 4 seemed to break down the Blazers in the fourth quarter and into overtime on Monday. Portland still hung around even when Damian Lillard missed 21 of his 30 field goal attempts and C.J. McCollum didn’t do much better. Best Sports Site Blog believes the Warriors are back in top form with Curry back in the lineup. It’s a good bet that they will clinch a spot in the West finals in Game 5 of the series on Wednesday.
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NBA: Grizzlies Out For Revenge on Warriors
Stephen Curry leads the defending NBA champions into Memphis on Wednesday. Golden State’s title defense is off to a fantastic start. One of their early-season signature wins came November 2 at home when they crushed Memphis by 50 points. The Grizzlies will be hoping things go better than the first meeting of the season putting revenge on the forefront of the Grizzlies’ minds. Stephen Curry led the charge with 30 points for the Warriors, who outscored the Grizzlies by 45 over the second and third quarters to put the game away. Marc Gasol managed 13 points for Memphis, who shot a miserable 27.1% from the field and after the first quarter. Golden State has beat Memphis in seven of their last 10 meetings overall. Memphis is 6-4 in their last 10 at home against the Warriors.
At one point in their last match, the Warriors were down by a point. They went on to out score the Grizzlies 72-27 in the second and third quarters. Reigning MVP Stephen Curry dropped 30 points in 28 minutes for the Warriors, who out-rebounded the Grizzlies 65-44 and out-scored them 36-10 on the fast break. Golden State looks even better than the team that rolled to the NBA title last season, and they seem to be playing with a chip on their shoulder.
Memphis didn’t do themselves any favors last Monday, shooting 27.1% from the field in the franchise’s worst loss ever. Marc Gasol had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Grizzlies. Making a statement against the champions would compensate for their slow start. If the Grizzlies truly want to see where they measure up in terms of those tiers of contenders, however, they must compete. This cannot morph in to a repeat of the Cleveland Cavaliers game on last Monday.
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