Golden State is one win closer to the NBA finals.
The Warriors topped the Trail Blazers 116-94 at Oracle Arena in the Western Conference finals Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Here are three takeaways from Golden State’s strong start to the third round:
Portland’s stars were duds
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum both need to show up to make this series competitive, but they were both cold in Game 1.
The two combined to score 36 points on 11-of-31 shooting. They also tallied 10 turnovers between them.
If Lillard and McCollum can’t come close to the 54 points per game they’ve been averaging in the playoffs, the Trail Blazers won’t have a shot.
Stephen Curry has found his stroke
Stephen Curry’s shooting has been streaky at times during the postseason, but he caught fire against Portland in the the third round.
The two-time league MVP has acknowledged that the dislocated finger he suffered against Houston has caused some discomfort, but it didn’t appear to be a factor in the Warriors’ big victory.
Curry tallied a game-high 36 points and knocked down nine 3-pointers along the way. He has taken his game up a notch in the absence of Kevin Durant, and it’s doing wonders for his team.
Golden State is pushing the pace
The Warriors made a point to get out on the break against the Trail Blazers, who struggle in that area.
Golden State ranks third in fast break points per game (16.6) in this year’s playoffs while Portland ranks 15th (10.6).
The defending champions outscored Portland in transition 17-2, so the Trail Blazers should probably pick up the pace or figure out a way to slow down Golden State.