NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, March 16th
(All times Eastern)
Golden State Warriors (41-26) at Portland Trail Blazers (43-23), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers halted a four-game losing
streak last time out and will try to keep the momentum going Sunday night when
the Golden State Warriors visit the Moda Center.
The Blazers dropped the first four on a southern swing, but salvaged a win
with a 111-103 victory at the Smoothie King Center over the New Orleans
Damian Lillard poured in 27 points and had five assists and was brilliant down
The Pelicans led by six with 8:30 to go in the game. Lillard made two layups,
and a 3-pointer to give Portland the advantage. The All-Star guard scored the
Blazers' final nine points in the final 1:47 of the game.
"The game was on the line, so I needed to step up," Lillard said.
Lillard stepped up in the absence of fellow All-Star, LaMarcus Aldridge. The
big man left Wednesday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs with a lower back
contusion and will be sidelined on Sunday.
Nicolas Batum tallied 22 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with
five assists in the win over New Orleans. Wesley Matthews added 20 points for
the Trail Blazers, while Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright contributed 19 and 15
The Blazers will also host the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards on this
Portland is fifth in the Western Conference, 2 1/2 games ahead of the
Golden State has lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak. The
Warriors' losses came at the Staples Center to the Los Angeles Clippers, and
at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland overcame an 18-point deficit in the second quarter and destroyed the
Warriors, 68-39, over the middle two quarters. The Cavs closed the third frame
with a 14-3 run and led by as many as 16 in the fourth.
"Just a bad loss for us," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. "We have to do a
better job when we have teams on the ropes. Collectively, we didn't do the
Stephen Curry posted a game-high 27 points on his 26th birthday, Draymond
Green netted 18 off the bench, and David Lee added 16 in the setback. Andre
Iguodala finished with 11.
Klay Thompson missed the first game of his career on Friday due to the death
of his grandfather, snapping a string of 214 straight games in the Golden
The Warriors play five straight at home after Sunday's contest.
The teams split two matchups this season, both at Oracle Arena. The Warriors
have won four of the last five against the Blazers and the two squads split
the last six meetings in Portland.
03/16 10:26:31 ET