Warriors sweep Trailblazers without Steve Kerr

This series wrapped up as a typical one seed dominating an eight seed. Without Head Coach Steve Kerr the Warriors handled business as usual without him on the sideline. They did get a familiar face back in Kevin Durant.

The Warriors would score 45 points in the first quarter which is a playoff record. The Warriors did that with ease against the Blazers. This game was over in the first half as the the Warriors starting five all scored double digit points leading the way was Stephen Curry with 37 points 7 rebounds 8 assist while making 7-of-11 threes.

Going up against CJ McCullom and Damien Lillard The Splash Brothers looked like the countered the high scoring back-court of Portland. The Splash Brothers played great defense and still lead the Warriors on the offensive end as well.

The Blazers defense didn’t appear much in game four. At home giving up 45 points in the first quarter especially in front of the home fans.  The Blazers shot 39 threes only making 13 (33-percent) at home as well. one thing that the Warriors do is make you play at there pace which means shooting a lot of threes. The Blazers are a decent shooting team but you can’t fall in love with the three ball like they did. Jusuf Nurkic did not play in game four after a short stint in game three. His presence was in the interior could have been some help to the Blazers in this series.

The Mid-Major Brothers only had one show up in game four. They combined for 40 points (Damian Lillard 36 points, CJ McCollum 6 points). C.J. McCollum struggled all night to score, something that we normally wouldn’t say. Lillard and McCollum are great scoring guards but they do not do a good job of getting others involve Lillard (6 assists) and McCollum(1 assist) combined for only 7 assists. One positive note in this game was the play of Al-Farouq Aminu. Coming off the bench Aminu finished the game 25 points 7 rebounds hitting 5-of-9 attempts from three. Aminu still young can be part of the core for the Blazers in the future.

The Warriors are only going to get better, crazy right? As Durant continues to improve his health and JaVale McGee continues to prove people wrong by not appearing on Shaqtin’ a Fool. This was good for the Warriors to get this series over with so they can have time to have everybody at a 100-percent health wise, including Coach Kerr. Look for the Warriors to play much better as they continue on there quest to another title run.

The Warriors will await the winner if the Jazz and Clippers series which is set to go at least to a game six.

Bill Aristide
Baseline Times Staff Writer