May 21, 2019, 9:56 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Tim Kawakami of The Athletic San Francisco is reporting he received a text from Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob saying he is "confident about BOTH" Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson re-signing with the Warriors this offseason.
The rumors are in full motion as the NBA heads toward free agency in less than five weeks. Durant is hotly rumored to leave the Warriors this offseason, with the Knicks as a consensus favorite among members of the media. Thompson's rumors have been much more tempered, as he is seen as an original piece to the Warriors dynasty. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how this season plays out.
Source: Tim Kawakami from The Athletic
May 21, 2019, 6:01 pmKevon Looney - F - Golden State Warriors
Speaking about the impact that Kevon Looney has had on a Warriors team playing without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, Steve Kerr said, “Looney has become one of our foundational pieces. He does this every single night.”
Looney has been instrumental off the bench for the Warriors this postseason after the loss of both Cousins and Durant, and he is a big reason why they are making a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. Looney is averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 offensive rebounds on .725 shooting from the floor in just 20.5 minutes per game this postseason. Entering free agency this offseason, Looney is doing all he can to ensure he gets paid this summer.
Source: NBC Sports
May 20, 2019, 11:56 pmStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a 119-117 OT Game 4 on Monday with 37 points on 11-of-25 shooting with 13 rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and seven 3-pointers.
Curry put on an off-ball clinic tonight, running circles around the Blazers to get open even though he drew consistent triple-teams. Steve Kerr wanted to end this series tonight so Curry played the entire second half including OT and the move paid off. There shouldn’t be any more noise about Curry’s ability to perform in the playoffs as he destroyed the Blazers in every coverage they threw at him. It’ll be all eyes on Curry again in the Finals as they look to three-peat.
May 20, 2019, 11:54 pmDraymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green notched a 18-14-11 triple-double to go with three steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in Monday’s Game 4 win over the Blazers.
Green has proven over the past two games that he still has the ability to kick it into high gear. His defensive tenacity and anticipation might be the best in the league as he’s a one-man wrecking crew on that end of the floor. His only triple was a big one late in OT and his ability to ignite the Warriors on a big run thanks to his defense and passing were huge reasons why the Warriors swept the Blazers.
May 20, 2019, 11:52 pmJordan Bell - F - Golden State Warriors
Jordan Bell started in Monday's Game 4 against the Blazers and scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting with two assists and a steal.
Bell drew his first career playoff start after Damian Jones (DNP-CD) looked overwhelmed in his Game 3 start, but ceded the closing minutes to Kevon Looney (29 minutes, 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with 14 rebounds, a steal and a block) who played the best out of all the Warriors' centers. Looney's timing and offensive rebounding have been huge for Golden State and his ability to switch on to perimeter players has also been a huge reason as to why he sees the floor more than the other bigs.
May 20, 2019, 11:52 pmKlay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson struggled in Monday's Game 4 win over the Blazers with 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers.
Thompson has been forced to put the ball on the floor more with the Warriors lacking playmakers and you can clearly see him out of his comfort zone. His defense was stifling tonight in crunch time as he perfectly contested both of Damian Lillard's shot attempts at the end of OT.
May 20, 2019, 11:49 pmAlfonzo McKinnie - F - Golden State Warriors
Alfonzo McKinnie started in Monday’s Game 4 win over the Blazers and scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting with two rebounds and a 3-pointer.
McKinnie drew the start in place of Andre Iguodala (calf strain) and had the worst plus-minus out of all the starters but came up with some big offensive rebounds in OT. He can’t space the floor any better than Shaun Livingston (22 minutes, eight points on 4-of-4 shooting with a rebound, an assist, a steal and a block) who plays much better with the Warriors’ starters so the starting job is just in name.
May 20, 2019, 9:02 pmJordan Bell - F - Golden State Warriors
Jordan Bell will start at center in Monday's Game 4 for the Warriors.
Bell has played between 11 and 15 minutes in the three conference finals games, and he's unlikely to play too much more than that tonight. Look for Kevon Looney to continue to get more minutes than Bell tonight.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
May 20, 2019, 8:46 pmAlfonzo McKinnie - F - Golden State Warriors
Alfonzo McKinnie will start for Andre Iguodala in Monday's Game 4 vs. the Blazers.
McKinnie grabbed nine boards in 21 minutes in Game 3 and has gone 1-for-1 on threes for three straight games. Steve Kerr mentioned earlier that Jonas Jerebko would also get more minutes with Iguodala out.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
May 20, 2019, 7:49 pmAndre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors
Andre Iguodala (left leg) will not play in Monday's Game 4 against the Blazers.
The Warriors will look to close out the series in Portland without Iguodala, Kevin Durant, and DeMarcus Cousins. The Finals doesn't start for ten more days, so Iggy should be able to get healthy by then.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
May 20, 2019, 3:52 pmAndre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors
Andre Iguodala (left calf tightness) is listed as questionable for Game 4 on Monday.
Iggy left in the first quarter of Game 3 before returning. He only logged 18 minutes overall in the game. If he can't go, Shaun Livingston and Jordan Bell would take up the bulk of his minutes, while Jonas Jerebko and Alfonzo McKinnie could see a few extra as well.
Source: NBA Injury Report
May 19, 2019, 10:22 pmAndre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors
The MRI on Andre Iguodala's left calf came back negative, but the swingman is considered questionable for Monday's Game 4 vs. the Blazers.
Iguodala headed to the locker room in the first quarter of Game 3 and had the training staff check on it. If he's unable to give it a go for Game 4, the Warriors will have to dig deep into their bench and find some production from the likes of Kevon Looney or Jonas Jerebko.
May 19, 2019, 1:40 amStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry scored 36 points in Saturday's 110-99 Game 3 win over the Blazers, adding six rebounds, three assists and five turnovers.
Curry led his team offensively, contributing 36 points on 11-for-26 shooting. On a night where teammate Draymond Green was the primary facilitator, Curry settled in on scoring the bulk of his team's points from off the ball screens and shots from behind the arc. The Warriors have the luxury to allow for multiple ball-handlers and Curry seemed happy to acquiesce as he and Klay Thompson combined for 55 points with seven 3-pointers. Look for Curry to continue to lead the team in scoring as Kevin Durant is not expected to be back this series.
May 19, 2019, 1:09 amDamian Jones - C - Golden State Warriors
Damian Jones got the start for the Warriors but played just three minutes after picking up three fouls in the first quarter to finish with no other countable statistic in Saturday's win.
Jones got the start and then got the hook early after drawing three fouls in the first 3:17 of Game 3. Jones got the start over Andrew Bogut after playing just two minutes in Game 2 and two minutes in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Bogut and Jones played a combined six minutes this game and did not contribute anything offensively. Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney picked up the slack and ended up playing 42 minutes and contributing 14 points. It is unlikely that Jones will start again going into Game 4.
May 19, 2019, 12:55 amDraymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green went off on Saturday's win, posting a monster 20-13-12 line and adding four steals and one block.
Draymond was all over the court for the Warriors posting his seventh career postseason triple-double. With his team down 13 points to start the second half, Green channeled his inner Magic Johnson and rallied the Warriors with six rebounds, six assists and two steals to take the lead going into the fourth quarter. His defensive intensity continues to be a catalyst for the team and is a major reason why the Warriors continue to dominate in this series.