The two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors have been in a slump lately, trying to avoid a fifth straight loss. This current losing streak is the longest losing streak in the Steve Kerr-era. They will try to capture their first win since November 13 as they host the Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 143-100 blowout loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.
This matchup between the Warriors and the Trail Blazers will mark the first of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up during this season. They have played each other a grand total of 235 times with the Warriors winning 111 games. The Trail Blazers will go on to win 124 of those games.
Portland Trail Blazers:
Gary Trent (5.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Anfernee Simons (2.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 25.0 FT%)
Golden State Warriors:
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles)
Draymond Green (toe; 6.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (foot; 6.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 51.3 FG%, 48.4 3P%, 53.8 FT%)
Stephen Curry (groin; 29.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.1 APG, 51.5 FG%, 49.2 3P%, 92.3 FT%)
Marcus Derrickson (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
The Golden State Warriors would have full control of the game in the first half as they fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Portland Trail Blazers to thirty-nine percent. The 2007-2008 Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant would get hot for nineteen points which included a three-pointer in the second period. He also recorded four defensive rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three blocks.
Klay Thompson helped out with fourteen points while knocking down a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter. Former Dallas Mavericks point guard Quinn Cook nailed two three-pointers while jumping up for three defensive boards. Kevon Looney played twelve minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.
On the other end of the court, three-time All-Star Damian Lillard earned ten points but shot only thirty-three percent from the field. He did have two three-pointers Al-Farouq Aminu contributed with nine points and six rebounds. Aminu was able to hit a three-pointer late in the second quarter while C.J. McCollum also had nine points. McCollum also had a three-pointer. Evan Turner played the most minutes off of the bench but only managed to get one free-throw as the Warriors headed into the locker room with a huge 59-44 advantage.
The Warriors went on the close things out in the second half as they went on a 66 to 53 run, shooting sixty-two percent from the field. Thompson threw up seventeen more points which held three three-pointers in the third period. Durant had thirteen points while shooting a high eighty-three percent from the field. Nurkic earned fifteen points for the Oregon team but it wouldn’t matter as the Warriors easily come away with a 125-97 victory. Kevin Durant finished the game with thirty-two points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and three blocks. Damian Lillard settled for twenty-three points, along with two rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one block.
The Portland Trail Blazers will stay in California as they visit the Staples Center to take on Tobias Harris (20.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 51.6 FG%, 43.4 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (12-6) on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. This game will mark the second of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season. The last time they saw each other was on November 8 when the Trail Blazers escaped with a 116 to 105 win. Damian Lillard finished with twenty-five points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block while Danilo Gallinari had twenty-points and five rebounds. Lou Williams also had twenty-points, along with three rebounds and seven assists.
The Golden State Warriors will host Buddy Hield (18.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.7 APG, 47.8 FG%, 44.1 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (10-8) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. This meeting will mark the first of four times that the Warriors and the Kings will match up with each other during this season.