The Blazers made it to overtime, but it wasn’t enough. Portland struggled to score through the last 17 minutes of the game, and a tired Golden State Warriors squad did just enough to pull out a 119-117 win (Box Score). With the victory, the Warriors sweep the best-of-seven NBA Western Conference Finals series, 4-0.
Here are a few key details of the game.
Leonard Comes Alive. Meyers brought the Moda crowd to their feet in Game 4, personally destroying Golden State’s early defensive plan. He broke his career high in scoring... in the first half! His 25 points were needed to keep Portland ahead.
Another Blown 17-Point Lead. For the third straight game, Portland had a 17-point lead, and blew it. It just took longer this time, more than a quarter’s length.
Fourth-quarter Blazers Strike Again. Portland completely lost their mojo in the fourth again, falling apart on offense and giving up easy shots on defense. The Warriors looked noticeably tired, making it to overtime on a tough three pointer from Klay Thompson with more than a minute left.
Missed opportunities in overtime. Portland rimmed out multiple makeable shots, then gave up multiple second opportunities to the Warriors. With less than a minute left, they gave up a key offensive rebound, leading to a Draymond Green three-pointer to seal the game.
The shorter-than-normal offseason begins! The Blazers conduct exit interviews in a few days, which we’ll cover here. After that, we’ll have the season in review, while covering Portland’s draft prospects. The draft is only one month away, on June 20th.