Team Records: Golden State (2-0) at Portland (1-1)
Game Info: 6 PM-TV on CSNNW, Radio on 620 AM
Vegas Line: Portland -3.5
Refs: Marc Davis, John Goble, James Williams
The Skinny: The Blazers look to shake off the Sacramento loss as they face the high powered Golden State Warriors at home. The Warriors have won both their games so far and are coming off a blowout win over the godawful Lakers in their home opener on Saturday night. Klay Thompson notched 41 in the win the day after signing a huge contract extension.
Last Season: The two teams split the season series, each winning once on the road and once at home.
Projected Warriors Lineup (Does not include Saturday’s game):
PF-Harrison Barnes (North Carolina-3rd Season) 9 PPG, 6 RPG, 1 APG.
SF-Draymond Green (Michigan State-3rd Season)-12 PPG, 10 RPG, 3 APG.
C-Andrew Bogut (Utah-10th Season)-4 PPG, 5 RPG, 0 APG
SG-Klay Thompson (Washington State-4th Season)-19 PPG, 2 RPG, 6 APG.
PG-Stephen Curry (Davidson-6th Season)-24 PPG, 10 RPG, 5 APG.
Player to Watch-Stephen Curry (pictured at right) – When Curry first made it to the NBA, many scouts wondered if his lack of size would limit his NBA potential. As we all know, they were wrong. Perhaps the best pure shooter in NBA history, Curry has blossomed into a budding star. He is also a decent defender and a good rebounder for someone his size. He has become a solid passer as well, and with Golden State’s feared lineup of shooters, is able to quickly find an open player if he isn’t able, or doesn’t want to, shoot. The only real downside for him at this point is his health, but as long as he can remain healthy he remains one of the best PGs in the NBA today.
Did You Know?: The Warriors have reached the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since the early 90s.
Song of the Day: “When I Come Around” by Green Day-Green Day hails from the East Bay and so I thought it appropriate to feature one of their songs. Enjoy:
Portland: Doubtful-PF/C Joel Freeland (Foot), Probable-C Meyers Leonard (Illness)
Golden State: Out-PF David Lee (Hamstring)
Golden State’s Game:
These ain’t your old Warriors. Sure they still play fast on offense, take lots of 3s and score lots of points but now they play defense as well. On offense, almost everyone on their team can shoot and make 3s at almost any time, and as a result they can score lots of points really quickly if their shots are dropping. On defense, they are currently ranked 4th in defensive efficiency, are aggressive and force you to shoot and make tough shots from all parts of the floor. Perhaps most importantly, they do an excellent job limiting you to one shot on offense. If you want to know why Golden State is a title contender, it is not, in fact, their offense, but their defense. Three pointers might not fall some nights but as long as you can play defense you should be able to stay close enough to win and the Warriors do.
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 get the 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.