The Warriors are headed back to the Western Conference finals for the fifth consecutive year.
They reached the third round of the NBA playoffs Friday night by defeating the Houston Rockets 118-113 in Game 6.
This year’s Western Conference finals will be a battle of the Currys.
Steph Curry and the defending champs will take on Seth Curry and the Blazers after Portland stunned the No. 2 seeded Denver Nuggets in Game 7 on Sunday. The Warriors and Blazers split their four-game series this season.
The Western Conference finals will begin Tuesday in Oakland.
Here’s the Western Conference finals schedule: Game 1 — Tuesday, May 14 ,at 6 p.m. PT in OaklandGame 2 — Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m. PT in OaklandGame 3 — Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m. PT in PortlandGame 4 — Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m. PT in PortlandGame 5 — Wednesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. PT in Oakland (if necessary)Game 6 — Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m. PT in Portland (if necessary)Game 7 — Sunday, May 26, at 6 p.m. PT in Oakland (if necessary)
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All games will be televised on ESPN, but you can watch Warriors Outsiders and “SNC: Warriors Playoff Central” before and after every game on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the MyTeams app.
Grab a cold drink and a snack, settle into a comfortable seat and feast your eyes on the most breathtaking backcourt fireworks the NBA can offer.
The Portland Trail Blazers thrive on the offensive pyrotechnics provided by guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
The Warriors prosper when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are lighting up the sky with 3-point bombs.
The two most explosive guard tandems in the NBA will be on display when the best-of-seven Western Conference finals get under way Tuesday at Oracle Arena.
And, yes, the draining of 30-foot jump shots, as only Curry and Lillard routinely do, classify as fireworks.
Curry (27.3 points per game) and Thompson (21.5) were the second-highest backcourt in the NBA – behind Houston’s James Harden (36.1) and Chris Paul (15.6) – but only one of two duos with both players averaging more than 20 points.
Oakland native Lillard (25.8) and McCollum (21.0), the No. 3 scoring duo, represent the other.
The teams split four meetings in the regular season, with the Warriors prevailing 125-97 on Nov. 23 in Oakland and 115-105 on Dec. 29 in Portland. The Blazers posted a 110-109 win in overtime on Dec. 27 at Oracle and 129-107 on Feb. 13 at Moda Center.
The Blazers advanced Sunday, coming back for a 100-96 Game 7 victory over the Nuggets in Denver to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2000, when the starting center was Arvydas Sabonis and the starting power forward was 24-year-old Rasheed Wallace.
The Warriors advanced on Friday, with a 118-113 Game 6 win over the Rockets in Houston.
This will be the third meeting between the teams in four postseasons, most recently in 2017 when the Warriors swept a first-round series. The Warriors knocked the Blazers out in five, also in the second round, in 2016.
The Warriors will be heavy favorites, deservingly so as the top seed in the conference. In addition to Curry and Thompson, it is likely that Kevin Durant, coping with a left calf strain suffered on Wednesday in Game 5 against the Rockets, will rejoin the team at some point during the series.
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Portland entered the postseason as the No. 3 seed, winning in five games over Oklahoma City in the first round before upsetting No. 2-seed Denver in the conference semifinals.
With the amount of firepower in the backcourts, this looks to be a series memorable for its shotmaking.
Arguably the two best backcourts in the game.
Damian Lillard returning to his hometown of Oakland, for what could be the final playoff series ever at Oracle Arena.
The potential returns of both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.
The Western Conference finals matchup is now set after the Trail Blazers eliminated the Nuggets in Game 7 on Sunday, setting up a matchup with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. The series offers plenty of reasons for intrigue, but there’s one in particular that stands out for its historical rarity.
And it’s bound to stress out every member of the Curry family.
In these Western Conference finals, Steph and Seth Curry will become just the seventh pair of brothers in NBA history to face each other in an NBA playoff series.
This, however, will be the first-ever time two brothers have gone head-to-head in the conference finals.
Per @EliasSports, Warriors guard Stephen Curry & Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry are the first brothers ever to meet in the conference finals and the first brothers to play against each other in any round since Marc Gasol (Grizzlies) & Pau Gasol (Spurs) in the 2017 First Round.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 12, 2019
Apparently, the elder brother was anticipating this outcome:
Seth Curry says Steph texted him after the game today and said, “I’ll see you Tuesday.”— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 12, 2019
It’s a simultaneous best-and-worst-case scenario for Dell and Sonya Curry. One of their sons is guaranteed to play for the NBA championship. The other won’t get the opportunity (this year, at least).
If you think that’s tough, just imagine what Sunday would have been like had the Warriors not eliminated the Rockets in Game 6 on Friday. Had Golden State lost that night, their Game 7 would also have been on Sunday, forcing the Curry parents to divide-and-conquer in support.
Really nice postgame moment with Steph and his mom, Sonya. Had Steph’s Warriors gone to a Game 7, with Seth Curry’s Blazers already playing a Game 7 themselves, Sonya & Dell told me they were gonna have to split up, “AAU style” on Sunday. 😂Now both parents can be in Denver. pic.twitter.com/1NSDeWZZtB— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 11, 2019
Luckily for the parents, the Warriors handled business in Houston, allowing them to be present for Seth and Portland’s Game 7 win in Denver. You can be sure they’ll be in attendance for all games of the Western Conference finals, however many there may be.
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How they split up the team allegiances, though, is anyone’s guess.