Playoff Preview: Warriors (1) - Trail Blazers…

But we all know that counting out LeBron James is a fool's errand, in the First Round against a low seed, or in the Finals down 3-1 to the league's best team.

It's this momentum that has made Lillard more confident the Blazers can take on anyone, including the league-leading Warriors. The defending Western Conference champion Warriors defeated the Blazers in the second round last season. Championship teams have that one key contributor that isn't one of the superstars that steps up each season.

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 NBA.com. They now hold a two games to one lead on the Blazers in this campaign.

"I was asked in six or seven [games], and I said six", said Lillard.

The Portland Trail Blazers forward entered Wednesday's season finale shooting 35.1 percent.

Playing big doesn't work when facing the Warriors, but playing small is arguably an even more untenable strategy, especially with guys like Lillard and McCollum on the floor.

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The two-time reigning MVP is looking to add a second NBA Finals trophy to his collection. The Trail Blazers sat a total of five players Monday night due to injury.

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Co. will meet Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in what promises to be a high-scoring, entertaining series. Golden State is also 11-1 straight-up and 8-2-2 against the spread in their last 12 conference games.

The acquisition of Jusuf Nurkic from the Denver Nuggets has been a boost for the Blazers, and his defensive impact might prove fundamental in the series against the Warriors when back from his leg injury. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Nurkic was acquired from the Denver Nuggets right before the National Basketball Association trade deadline in a deal for Mason Plumlee.

The previous 82 games showed the Warriors were not scarred, but the playoffs are a different time, inspiration can come in many forms and it is possible coach Steve Kerr wants his team to have flashbacks. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 26 points in the first quarter of the December 17 meeting, and Curry scored 23 of his 28 points in the third quarter of the November 1 meeting. On paper, on social media, and in the minds of many National Basketball Association experts, this could be a very one-sided playoff series. Still, what'd you expect Dame to say, "Warriors in five?" Los Angeles would be the preferred opponent as the Warriors went undefeated against them this year, winning by no less than 10 points each time.

"They weren't satisfied with their season, as far as wins and losses, but they're a much better team than their record indicates, "Andre Iguodala said". Now the roster is going to do everything it can to make the Portland Trail Blazers vs. The Warriors shot over 30 3s per game this year, hitting 38.3 percent.


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