Jusuf Nurkic Out for Game 1 vs. Warriors with Leg Injury

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The declaration was quintessential Lillard. The Blazers have looked much more formidable since they acquired him for a song via trade (from Denver).

New Orleans rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final eight minutes to pull out a 103-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

I don't buy it, Lillard knows he has no shot at winning this series.

Durant averaged 29.3 points against Portland and Curry 27.3.

Lillard has been working on his three-point percentage and towards the end of the regular season managed to up it to 41.7% which will surely motivate him to keep pushing in the post-season.

Portland took an 88-87 lead on Napier's 3-pointer before Bryn Forbes answered with a 3 for the Spurs.

Still, there is optimism that Davis and Cousins will be able to carry the Pelicans to far more wins by starting the season together with training camp. In Portland's case they may not have 1. He shouted to the standing Moda Center crowd: "I got this".

Rookie forward Cheick Diallo closed out the regular season achieving back-to-back double doubles, scoring 12 points and grabbing 16 rebounds against Portland. For the season, the Warriors outscored their opponents by 22.8 points per 100 possessions in the third quarter, the best NetRtg in any quarter by any team in the last 20 years.

Oh, and he didn't have a single turnover.

Portland will open its series against top-seeded Golden State on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Portland has a dynamic backcourt, but that's all they got. Lillard sank two long 3s and added three buckets in the key, plus went 7 for 7 from the free throw line.

Earlier in the week at Utah, Portland fell 106-87.

"I feel better and I've made good progress, but we still haven't decided if I'm going to play", Nurkic said. "He started off hot and it was hard to slow him down". The offense gets the headlines but GSW is at their best when they are defending like insane and getting out in transition.

But more important than the points, at least to Lillard, was the win. Portland needed a blazing hot final two months just to make the playoffs. He was at 35.1 per cent going into the game. However, he then offered this bit of optimism: "With that said, I do believe we can win the series".

While the Blazers are undecided, Nurkic wants to play, saying "If it's up to me, I play right now". "That meant a lot to me".

But that's really all the Blazers have to count on right now. The two-time All-Star is also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists.

"You know who Damian Lillard is, you know who C.J". But the exact game the phrase was coined is unclear.

The two Portland guards combined for 48 points before the break to help tie the Warriors, 56-56. "Tonight was one of those nights".

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