After clinching a playoff spot with a win against the Lakers on Friday, the Golden State Warriors have three games remaining to either lock up the sixth spot or advance further up the standings.
The Warriors will clinch the sixth seed in the West if they win one more game, but climbing up to fifth will be a challenge. They will have to win out and hope the Portland Trail Blazers lose both of their final games.
One of those games, though, is against the Warriors on Sunday night in Portland. Therefore, Golden State needs to win if it has any hopes of catching the Blazers.
If they defeat the Blazers, their last two games will be against the Timberwolves and Nuggets, two teams that they are fully capable of beating. The Blazers’ final game will be versus the Clippers, which should pose as a challenge.
As it stands right now, the Warriors would take on the Clippers in the first round, but if they move up to fifth, they will play the fourth-seeded Rockets, a more winnable matchup.
But the fantasizing will stop if they can’t beat the Blazers Sunday night. The Warriors have won two of three against the Blazers this season, including a 113-112 thriller in Portland back on Mar. 16. However, the Trail Blazers are on a roll, having won seven of eight.
Tale of the Tape
- Points per game: 103.6 (10th)
- Field-goal percentage: 46.1% (9th)
- Three-point percentage: 37.8% (5th)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.4% (T-3rd)
- Rebounds per game: 45.3 (T-4th)
- Turnovers: 14.9 (27th)
- Points per game: 106.6 (3rd)
- Field-goal percentage: 44.9% (14th)
- Three-point percentage: 37.1% (9th)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 45.1% (11th)
- Rebounds per game: 46.2 (1st)
- Turnovers: 13.4 (T-7th)
Via Warriors.com game notes:
- Golden State came back from an 18-point deficit in their last game at Portland, its sixth comeback of at least 15 points this year.
- With a win tonight the Warriors will have won seven out of their last nine season series over the Blazers, splitting their series withPortland in 2009-10.
- LaMarcus Aldridge posted his third career 30-point/20-rebound game on 11/23 at Golden State (his second against the Warriors), totaling 30 points and 21 rebounds setting career-highs in free throws made (16) and free throws attempted (19).
GSW: Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) and Jermaine O’Neal (left knee) are to be determined. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out. Nemanja Nedovic and Ogjnen Kuzmic are on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.
POR: Joel Freeland (right knee sprain) is out.
GOLDEN STATE (49-30)
- F Andre Iguodala (9.2 PPG)
- F David Lee (18.3 PPG)
- C Andrew Bogut (7.4 PPG)
- G Klay Thompson (18.4 PPG)
- G Stephen Curry (23.6 PPG)
- F Nicolas Batum (13.1 PPG)
- F LaMarcus Aldridge (23.2 PPG)
- C Robin Lopez (11.0 PPG)
- G Wesley Matthews (16.4 PPG)
- G Damian Lillard (20.9 PPG)
Tip-off: 6:00 PM PST
Location: Moda Center, Portland, OR