Warriors F Durant available for Game 4 against the Blazers

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson reacts after making a three-point basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday
Warriors F Durant available for Game 4 against the Blazers
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09 May, 2017

Klay Thompson added 24 points for the Warriors, who seized a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series. Motivated by that goal, the Warriors emphatically achieved it in the first quarter, tying a playoff record with 45 points in the opening frame.

The Warriors lead the series 3-0 going into what could be a deciding game on Monday.

After missing two games with a strained calf, Durant has recovered to the point the Warriors feel comfortable putting him in game action.

Six Warriors players scored in double figures as Golden State connected on 53.5 per cent of their shots from the field, including 17 of 29 from three-point range. The Blazers' backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum is one of the best in the league and Jusuf Nurkic was a huge addition at the trade deadline, averaging a double-double during his time in Portland. Portland extended the lead in the second quarter, with Al-Farouq Aminu and Allen Crabbe showing spark after being largely quiet in the first two games. They will face the victor of the Los Angeles Clippers-Utah Jazz in the conference semifinals. Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee have been legitimate difference-makers on both ends of the floor.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Warriors are favored at Portland, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Blazers.

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"I wish I could say this one thing or that one thing was really good but everything we tried to do, we tried to do it on a high level". The Warriors will also be without Kerr because of an illness. If Portland doesn't win, it will at least keep it close enough to where the points come into play once again.

"He's obviously going through a lot physically and that's first and foremost for him to take care of himself, make sure he's on the road to recovery and feeling like himself", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.

The two-time All-Star is proud of the team's push down the stretch of the regular season, but he said he's not satisfied. "The players on the roster now need to continue to get better as they have". It's about wanting to get back on that plane and play Game 5 (in Oakland).

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors now await the victor of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series.

In the capital, Dennis Schroder, saddled with three early fouls and held scoreless in the first half, finished with 18 points to help the Atlanta Hawks defeat the Washington Wizards 111-101 on Monday night, tying the first-round Eastern Conference play-off series at two wins apiece.


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