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