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Game Preview: Warriors at Trail Blazers - 2/14/18

LAST ONE BEFORE THE BREAK
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Warriors will attempt to maintain that momentum into the All-Star break when they take on the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. This will be the final game before the break for both teams, and their second of three matchups this season after Golden State prevailed in their first encounter back on December 11th. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and ESPN, or catch Tim Roye with the radio call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network.

LAST TIME OUT
Golden State outscored the Suns by 45 points over the final three quarters on their way to a 129-83 home victory on Monday night. Full Recap


MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW POR
44-13 31-26
1st in West 7th in West
PTS: 115.8 (1st) PTS: 104.7 (17th)
REB: 44.4 (9th) REB: 44.8 (6th)
AST: 30.6 (1st) AST: 19.1 (30th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Omri Casspi and Zaza Pachulia
POR: Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Draymond Green (sprained left index finger) and Kevon Looney (right knee soreness) are available to play. Patrick McCaw (left & right wrist sprain) and Jordan Bell (left ankle inflammation) are out. Team Notes
POR: Team Notes

RIM PROTECTION
The Warriors ranked in the top-two among all NBA teams in blocks per game in each of Steve Kerr’s first three seasons, and they’re well on pace to make it 4-for-4. After leading the NBA with 6.8 blocks per game a year ago, the Dubs have taken it up another notch this season, in which they’re averaging a staggering 7.9 swats per contest. That’s 1.9 more blocks per game than Toronto (2nd, 6.0), which is greater than the difference between the Raptors and Brooklyn, who rank 25th with 4.2 blocks per game. Only 11 teams throughout NBA history have averaged more blocks per game than the Warriors are currently averaging this season.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW POR
PTS: Curry (26.8) PTS: Lillard (25.8)
REB: Green (7.9) REB: Nurkic (8.1)
AST: Green (7.3) AST: Lillard (6.5)

PORTLAND SCOUTING REPORT
It’s going to be a bloodbath to qualify for the playoffs in the West this season, and the Trail Blazers figure to be right around all the commotion. With a record of 31-26 entering Wednesday’s game against Golden State, Portland currently sits in sixth place in the conference, but they don’t exactly have a ton of breathing room; only 5.5 games separate the third place Spurs from the 10th place Jazz. The Trail Blazers have one of the most dynamic backcourts in the league, as both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have recently tallied 50 points in less than 30 minutes of game action. They’re tremendous one-on-one scorers, as evidenced partly by the fact that Portland ranks dead last in the NBA with only 19.1 assists per game. Lillard and McCollum combined for 60 points in their only prior matchup with the Warriors this season, but Golden State still came away with a 111-104 victory despite playing without Stephen Curry. It’s the last game of the season before All-Star Weekend for both sides, and neither wants to go into the break coming off a loss.

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