- Tip Off: 7:30 PM PT
- Television: CSN-BA+
Portland Trail Blazers Team Profile
- Offensive Efficiency: 102.9 (tied for 13th in NBA)
- Defensive Efficiency: 106.9 (27th in NBA)
- Points: LaMarcus Aldridge, 21.0 PPG
- Rebounds: J.J. Hickson, 10.4 RPG
- Assists: Damian Lillard, 6.4 APG
- Steals: Wesley Matthews, 1.3 SPG
- Blocks: LaMarcus Aldridge, 1.2 BPG
- Field Goal Percentage: J.J. Hickson, 56.3% FG
- 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: Wesley Matthews, 39.8% 3PT FG
Scope the Opposition: Portland Roundball Society.
Preview: Game 82.
The NBA regular season is going to finally end for the Golden State Warriors. They aren’t done playing basketball this year, but tonight’s contest will be the last they play without a do or die attitude.
If the Dubs are victorious on the road tonight, they will clinch the sixth spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
Portland is an incredibly tough venue for opposing teams. The home crowd always keeps the team energized and makes the stadium a hostile environment for road teams.
But to be honest, tonight’s contest doesn’t inspire much excitement.
The Trail Blazers are talented and quite entertaining. But that’s when their main guys suit up. LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews are listed as questionable for the head-to-head matchup. Nicolas Batum will miss the contest.
The Warriors must fight against complacency tonight. If the Blazers’ best players do not play in the game, Golden State might suffer a let down and a get soundly beaten.
The Toronto Raptors have been beating playoff teams with ease to close out the season. This is pertinent because we can only assume some squads took them lightly.
Hence, the Dubs better play tough and play hard on the road. Perhaps they get the win and even become part of history in the process.
Questions or comments? Feel free to leave them in the comments section or you can contact me by email at JM.Poulard@Warriorsworld.net.