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Sport Three was essential for the Path Blazers getting themselves into their collection in opposition to the Warriors. They weren’t as much as the duty and now they’re going through elimination.
The Path Blazers have been hoping homecourt benefit could be the distinction to getting them by way of a number of the late-game struggles that value them Video games 1 and a pair of in opposition to the Warriors. They made an opportunity to the beginning lineup and ran out to an enormous lead however finally ended up in the identical place.
Portland managed simply 33 factors within the second half, together with a 13-point third quarter that noticed the Warriors storm out of the locker room and retake the lead. The Path Blazers couldn’t do sufficient to regain contact with Golden State and now they’ll be going through elimination on Monday in Sport 4.
The Meyers Leonard transfer…labored? Sure, the Path Blazers have been outscored by 17 within the 31 minutes Leonard was on the ground however loads of that overlapped with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum who have been a mixed 12-of-38 from the sphere with 6 turnovers. Leonard’s late addition into the beginning lineup for Enes Kanter was largely met with jokes on Twitter, however he confirmed up, lifting his teammates with power and energy. He did his job setting screens, moved the ball, did an admirable job in pick-and-roll protection and stretched the ground, scoring 16 factors on 6-of-12 from the sphere. It’s a small victory contemplating the ultimate final result nevertheless it confirmed that Terry Stotts at the very least pulled the proper lever right here.
Damian Lillard appears to be like fully misplaced. He was so beneath management in that opening spherical collection in opposition to the Thunder however he’s been a deer within the headlights on this collection. Early within the first quarter he twice drove his method into the tooth of the protection and located himself within the air in entrance of two defenders and with nobody apparent to move to. It was simply indicative how a lot his offensive compass has been despatched spinning wildly by the Warriors protection. It’s not simply that he’s lacking photographs, he’s misreading the offensive alternatives in entrance of him. Together with Sport 3, Lillard is now taking pictures 5-of-20 contained in the arc on this collection with 14 turnovers. He needs to be higher nevertheless it’s not simply pulling up from the emblem, it’s every little thing that occurs between there and the basket.
Draymond Inexperienced was one of the best participant on the ground. Among the many surprising silver linings of Kevin Durant being out, it’s pressured extra pick-and-roll involving Inexperienced and given him extra alternatives to work with the ball in his palms, choosing the protection aside. The additional offensive duty appears to drag most power out of him, at each ends of the ground, and this was amongst Inexperienced’s finest postseason performances ever. He completed with 20 factors, 13 rebounds, 12 assists, Four steals and a block, making each play the Warriors wanted.