Can the Warriors overcome the absence of the game’s best player, Steph Curry to sink the Portland Trail Blazers? In all likelihood, Golden State will need the MVP favourite available at the back end of the series. The knee injury he sustained against the Rockets was slated as a two week recovery.

Now that Golden State has stolen a valuable two-nil series lead against the Trail Blazers, it is likely Curry will only be given the all clear to return to action if the medical staff are 100% confident he is fully recovered. Of course it helps Curry and the Warriors have more time between matches during the playoffs.

The main talking point from the playoffs this week was the controversial no foul call from Dion Waiters on Manu Ginobili. Down by one point and defending a throw in by Oklahoma City, Ginobili was clearly fouled by the Thunder’s Dion Waiters – only for the referees to ignore it. It prompted Twitter to explode and the Great Magic Johnson to declare it the worst call in NBA Playoffs history.

With the match, and for that matter the series, at such a critical juncture the referees should have acted on what everybody else saw and called the offensive foul. The series between San Antonio and Oklahoma City is now tied at one win apiece heading into Saturday’s (AEST) third game.


Saturday, May 7, 11:30am (AEST) @ Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma

  • The leading point scorer for the Thunder in the playoffs this season is Kevin Durant, who averages 24.9 points per game. Steven Adams leads the rebounds with 9.3 per game and Russell Westbrook leads the assists with 10.7 per game.
  • The leading point scorer for the Spurs in the playoffs this season is LaMarcus Aldridge, who averages 22.8 points per game. Aldridge also leads the rebound count with 7.6 per game and Tony Parker averages the most assists with 6.2 per game.
  • The over/under so far this series is 1/1 and overall, the Thunder’s over/under record in 2015-16 is 42/47. San Antonio’s season over/under is 37/51.
  • Oklahoma City’s home record is 34-10 and they and they have won nine of their last 10 matches at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
  • San Antonio’s away record so far this season is 29-14 and they have won their last three matches on the road, including two playoff wins against Memphis.
  • The Spurs’ loss at home to the Thunder was just their second home court defeat this 2015-16 season.

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Sunday, May 8, 10:30am (AEST) @ Moda Center, Portland

  • The leading point scorer for the Trail Blazers in the playoffs this season is Damian Lillard, who is averaging 23.1 points per game. Mason Plumlee leads the way with rebounds and assists, averaging 13 and 5.7 per game respectively.
  • The leading point scorer for the Warriors in the playoffs this season is Klay Thompson, who is averaging 25.7 points per game. Draymond Green leads the way in rebounds and assists with 10.1 and 7.3 per game respectively.
  • The over/under so far this series is 1/1 and overall, the Trail Blazers’ over/under record in 2015-16 is 47/43. Golden State’s season over/under is 47/42.
  • The Warriors’ record on the road this season is the best of any team in the competition at 35-8, including five wins in their last six played on the road.
  • The Trail Blazers’ record at home this season is 31-13 at home and one of those 13 losses came against Golden State in January of this year.

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