Warriors vs. Blazers Angles: What KD’s Absence Means, Where Portland Goes from Here and Game 4 Plays

May 20, 2019 07:15 PM EDT
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Game 4: Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers Betting Odds

  • Spread: Warriors -3
  • Over/Under: 219
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Series Score: Warriors Lead 3-0

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In time, the inevitability of the Warriors has become routine. We’ve passed over how they win and supplanted it with “of course they win.” That’s where we stand entering Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals with the Dubs up 3-0.

This series is all but done. It’s a question of whether the Warriors do what the Warriors tend to do — screw around for a game and let the other team get one before focusing in and closing it out at Oracle.

But there’s a lot of subtext in where the Warriors are at, both in this current run and overall. Let’s hit it from several angles.

THE DURANT QUESTION

The Warriors have been down by 28 points combined in the past two games at the half. That’s simply wild given that they are 2-0 straight-up in those games. All this vibes with what we’ve come to learn about the Warriors with and without Kevin Durant, however.

With Durant, their floor is higher. The shots aren’t falling for the Splash Brothers? The energy isn’t there? More of a grind-it-out game? Easy. Give it to the 7-foot sniper and let him go to work, and he’ll carry you on defense just with his presence.

Their ceiling, though, is lower. The third quarter of Game 3 is kind of the perfect example of this. Trailing by 14 to start the half, the Warriors started pushing the pace relentlessly behind Draymond Green’s playmaking. When that starts happening, the relentlessness of Green, compounded by the spacing caused by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, becomes an on-court storm.

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