The NBA on TNT: NBA Playoffs: POR vs GSW
May 11, 2016 6:00 AM - Season 27, Episode 2 - Subscribe

The Golden State Warriors are leading the Portland Trailblazers 3-1. Tonight (5/11/16) could be the final game. It looked like it be a competitive series. Lillard was cooking. The Warriors defense was sputtering. But now, Daddy's Home.
posted by Potomac Avenue (15 comments total)
 
I debated an FPP about Curry when the MVP vote dropped but decided it's probably better to wait until the finals. (Or until his season ends, but does anybody who doesn't play for another West team really think GSW won't be in the Finals?) In any case, holy CRAP.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 6:19 AM on May 11, 2016


The only thing that could stop them happened, and not only did he come back unexpectedly he DESTROYED Portland while I was sleeping peacefully in my bed the other night.

I mean there is only one other thing that could stop them and his name shall not be spoken unless intoned by a small child on the Vine.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:26 AM on May 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Portland is playing way way above their heads, even without Curry Portland failed to capitalize on a great fortune in the first two games. Maybe Lillard scores 50 and Portland still loses. GSW bad luck with Curry was dwarfed by the Clipper's bad luck.

Barring further injury I don't see any way they don't win everything. Anything is possible and the changes in officiating round by round certainly twists things. Last year's finals were played in 1993 judging by the rules as called.
posted by French Fry at 6:56 AM on May 11, 2016


Barring further injury I don't see any way they don't win everything.

I do, at least kinda.

Cleveland has come on at the right time, is well-rested and healthy, and regardless of who they get next round they should handily destroy either MIA or TOR. If they shoot against GSW like they did against ATL, they're in the mix.

If GSW gets a sniff at a difficult series in the next round, and Cle rolls, I am personally worried Draymond's usage against bigs for nearly two straight years could lead to him wearing down the way that LBJ has in the past. He's so crucial to everything they do on both ends that, if he were to wear, I could see LBJ having a vintage series and willing a healthy team with him.
posted by scrittore at 9:00 AM on May 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yeah there's a lot of bball to be played, but GSW just looks unbeatable. That said, so did Miami in the East in 2014. They battled through the playoffs and got out-worked by the Spurs who had a lot more rest over that year. Could be a repeat.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:54 AM on May 11, 2016


I'm just waiting for the Warriors-Spurs Conference Final we were denied last year.

As a Raptors fan, I'm almost sad there's another game tonight. This series has been like watching your loved ones mud wrestle with the people down the street.
posted by dry white toast at 11:18 AM on May 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I legitimately forgot there was another game tonight sorry! Posted the MIA TOR thread as well.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:34 AM on May 11, 2016


Also I predict this one will be very very close. Kerr will desperately try to not play Steph as much and they will clock the hell out of Livingston every time he touches the ball. Ed Davis will get 20 rebounds and Dray will get frustrated again. Dame will continue to try to grudge his way into the HOF. It will once again depend on Iggy getting 14 in the 4th quarter or Kerr giving in and letting Steph be Steph and possibly re-injure himself. Remember how worn out he and Klay and Dray looked during that Celtics game they lost down the stretch in the reg? Watch for that. Maybe not this series, but next series for sure.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:45 AM on May 11, 2016


Warriors-Spurs Conference Final we were denied last year

Me too. But I have serious concerns about that happening.
posted by French Fry at 11:47 AM on May 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I debated an FPP about Curry when the MVP vote dropped but decided it's probably better to wait until the finals.

The lack of 73-9 FPP post is initially what got me thinking about this.

This series has been a little close for my likings. Even with Curry's crazy OT they were one shot away from the series being tied and Curry's comeback looking rusty. I was fully expecting the W's to lose the first game in Portland, but it wasn't quite the SuperChargedLillard I thought it would be. Might still happen.

As amazing as the last couple years have been, I still have the unshakable faith in the Warriors ability to lose stupid games for no reason because they are the Warriors. Because they "play to their opponents level."

I can't imagine any portland fan NOT being happy about how well they've done this year, but OKC and the Cavs are going to be on the warpath, and the Spurs were like 3 games behind GSW all year.
posted by lkc at 5:06 PM on May 11, 2016


We're a household of GSW homers and I'm preeeeettty sure they won the last game because Steph Curry AND my turning my Warriors headband upside down for the OT. I expect them to get through Portland, possibly tonight. I just hope they do so injury-free. The Spurs series is where I'm really worried. They'll be tired and the Spurs are tough on them.
posted by marylynn at 7:40 PM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


Phew.
PDX lost 4 of their starters last year and were lucky against LAC, but they were supposed to be maybe slightly better than the Lakers or Sixers.
Damn. I'm worried the Spurs will out smart them, or that OKC will just go ballistic and everyone well get injured.

Anyway, Lillard is up on my wall of active players I'd actually like to hang out with, like Kenneth Farid. He's a pretty good rapper, too.
posted by lkc at 11:06 PM on May 11, 2016


I feel like if this was a sports movie Portland would get the slow clap standing ovation. Because they are plucky as all hell.
posted by French Fry at 6:08 AM on May 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yeah, great job Portland! Also, my prediction was right again. I wish there was a way I could just bet on the narrative rather than actual outcomes.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:32 AM on May 12, 2016


Sadly no Spurs/Warriors in the finals, I was looking forward to that.
posted by Carillon at 4:15 PM on May 13, 2016


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