Golden State scored with tremendous superiority in the first game of the Western Conference finals against Portland (116-94). Neither the battle posed by the Blazers nor the absence of Kevin Durant, injured, were enough arguments to truncate the starting goal of the great favorite. Stephen Curry, with nine triples, 36 points, six rebounds and seven assists, was full and the Warriors, contenders for their third consecutive title, the fourth in the last five years, marked distances in a match that dominated from start to finish.
1st match Day 16 (2.30, #Vamos)
Golden State, 116; Portland, 94 (1-0)
2nd match. Day 17. (3.00, Movistar Sports)
The Blazers, with the loss of Nurkic since March, did not reach the magnificent level that has led them to their first conference final since 2000, when they had players like Rasheed Wallace, Scottie Pippen, Steve Smith, Damon Stoudemire, Arvydas Sabonis and Detlef. Schrempf.
The Warriors scored 17 3-pointers from the 33 that they threw (51% hit). In addition, Stephen Curry, highlighted Klay Thompson with 28 points, Draymond Green, with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks, and an appreciable production of almost all players who came from the bench.
The Blazers resisted during the first part but from the third quarter they began to yield and accumulated disadvantages of up to 17 points (67-50). Only in some phase they managed to reduce the difference slightly, but they did not manage to stand in the final straight with any chance of victory. Lillard, with 19 points, and McCollum, with 17, were as usual their top scorers, but far from their best level. Harkless and Hood also scored 17 points apiece and Kanter had 10 points and 16 rebounds. But the rest of the team hardly contributed. The percentage of the Blazers was very low, with 36% in field goals, 25% in triples, and also, they committed 21 losses, six more than the Warriors.
The duel was very special for the Curry family. The 31-year-old Stephen faced his 28-year-old brother Seth for the first time in a playoff game. The younger brother barely played in his first seasons in the NBA and did not start to stand out until he signed for Dallas in the 2016-2017 season. The following campaign could not play because of an injury. That was when the Blazers signed him, in which he averaged eight points and 1.6 rebounds in the regular phase and is averaging just over five points and almost two rebounds in the first playoffs of his career.
The Warriors could recover DeMarcus Cousins in the coming days. The pivot suffered a muscle tear in his left leg in a game against the Clippers mid-April, and has already begun to train again with his team.
Golden State: Stephen Curry (36), Thompson (26), Iguodala (4), Draymond Green (12), Bogut (2) – initial team-; Bell (3), Jerebko (9), McKinnie (3), Jones (3), Looney (6), Cook (8) and Livingston (4).
Portland: Lillard (19), McCollum (17), Harkless (17), Aminu (3), Kanter (10) – initial team-; Collins (8), Seth Curry (3), Turner (0) and Hood (17).
Partial: 27-23, 27-22, 23-26 and 39-23.
Oracle Arena of Oakland. 19,596 spectators.
The New Orleans Pelicans will have the privilege of choosing number one in the next draft on June 20. That was the reason for the raffle held in Chicago. In this way the Pelicans will have the possibility to choose Zion Williamson, the player who has more expectations in the draft since the irruption of LeBron James in 2003.
Williamson, a power forward who has played at Duke University, will turn 19 in July. It is a physical portent, with 2.01 meters, 129 kilos and an impressive speed, explosiveness, jumping ability and strength.
The Pelicans won the lottery for the first time since 2012, when they chose Anthony Davis, precisely the player who has expressed his desire to leave the team.
The lottery also determined that Memphis will choose in the second position. Then the order will be as follows: New York (3), Lakers (4), Cleveland (5), Phoenix (6), Chicago (7), Atlanta (8), Washington (9) and Atlanta (10).
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