Team Records: Golden State (46-35) at Portland (33-48)
Game Info: 7:30 PM-TV on KGW, Radio on 1190 AM and 102.3 FM.
Vegas Line: Golden State -8
Refs: Bill Spooner, Violet Palmer, Leon Wood
The Skinny: The Blazers look to head into the offseason with a win and end their long losing streak as they face the Warriors to close out their 2012-13 campaign. The Warriors need the win to ensure them of the #6 seed in the west and a likely matchup with Denver.
Last Time They Met: Steph Curry was awesome and the Blazers had no chance as Golden State rolled.
Projected Warriors Lineup:
PF-David Lee (Florida-8th Season) 18.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG.
SF-Harrison Barnes (North Carolina-Rookie)-9.3 PPG, 4 RPG, 1.2 APG.
C-Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt-Rookie)-2.5 PPG, 4 RPG, .3 APG
SG-Klay Thompson (Washington State-2nd Season)-16.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.3 APG.
PG-Stephen Curry (Davidson-4th Season)-23 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 6.9 APG.
Player to Watch-David Lee (pictured at right) – Confidence is not a problem for David Lee, who firmly believes he has deserved to be an all-star for several years. He has made it twice and has complained mightily when he didn’t. Lee is a very good player on offense, can make shots anywhere from midrange to close to the rim and is a nice counterpoint to Golden State’s plethora of outside shooters. He is an excellent rebounder at both ends as well. His defense leaves a lot to be desired but for a team that is so strong offensively this hardly matters.
Did You Know?: Golden State will make the playoffs this year for only the second time in the least nineteen years.
Song of the Day: “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day-A fitting song as we bid goodbye to another Blazers season. Enjoy:
Portland: Out-SG Elliot Williams (Achilles), Doubtful- SF Nicolas Batum (Shoulder), SG Wesley Matthews (Ankle), PG Nolan Smith (Knee), Questionable-PF LaMarcus Aldridge (Ankle).
Golden State: Out- SG Brandon Rush (ACL/MCL), C Andris Biedrins (Back), Questionable-C Andrew Bogut (Ankle), SF Draymond Green (Knee).
Re-Evaluating Golden State: Playoff Bound at Last
Golden State has great fans and they have been fun to watch but they haven’t sniffed the playoffs much in the past two decades, making it only once in the eighteen seasons prior to this one (which ended with a surprise second round run after upsetting Dallas). Whether or not they make a deep run this year, they look to not have to wait as long between appearances this time. With their young core, it looks like Golden State is here to stay as far as the playoffs go.
The Bottom Line:
Portland wins if: They make their 3 pointers. The Warriors are a stingy team from deep and as Portland relies heavily on the 3, if they can make their deep shots, they should be able to end the season with a win.
Golden State wins if: They hold Portland under 100 points. The Warriors are going to score a lot of points and at their pace if they can keep Portland under the century mark, they should win.