He's out for at least the first two games of the series. Even with the prolonged absence of Kevin Durant, this season's Warriors went 67-15, easily the NBA's best mark, while Portland went 41-41 and barely edged out the Nuggets for the West's final playoff spot. They rode that moment to finish out the season with victories in 17 of their last 23 games.
Gobert sprained his left knee on the game's first play when he banged knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute, leaving the Jazz without their 7-foot-1 center who averaged 14.0 points and 12.8 rebounds during the regular season.
The clubs haven't met since January 29, which means the Warriors could very well be seeing a different-looking opponent.
No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers (41-41) vs. They are 0-2 at Oracle in their last two postseason games, though, and it cost them a championship.
No matter how it happened, Vonleh's layup at the buzzer gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 99-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night despite resting starters Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Lillard told ESPN this week that he believes his team can shock the world and "win the series". It sounds great in theory but it's one of those things that may actually be counter productive. Keeping him in the game and not in street clothes is going to be pretty important for a team already behind the eight-ball in terms of talent. In his post-game press conference about Saturday's loss, Rivers was asked about the circumstances that led to that Johnson shot, specifically about the Clippers' Chris Paul making a game-tying shot with 13.1 seconds left, but plenty of time left on the shot clock. Nurkic, who missed the last seven regular-season games with a slight fracture in his right leg, is listed as questionable for Sunday.
Let's say you were writing a movie script, and you really wanted to indicate a team was cursed in the most dramatic way possible. Because of his middling outside shooting, teams have typically asked the player guard Green to sag off him - baiting him into a shot while jamming up passing lanes. Tiring out the league MVP doesn't always work given the amount of stars on the other bench but it has proven to be a useful strategy to use against the team everybody is aiming to beat. "They competed. Pat had a good rhythm going".
The Blazers closed on a 10-3 run to take an 85-78 lead into the final period. The two-time All-Star playfully responded Portland will take down Golden State in six, which caused a stir on social media.
The Warriors, with a now-healthy Durant, aren't going to have many issues. Lillard and McCollum are two of basketball's most accomplished, creative shot-makers, and Curry presents the type of challenges for Kerr defensively - to a lesser extent, though - that those guys do for Stotts.
Portland is going to get insane hot at some point during this series.