Curry scores 37, Warriors sweep the Blazers
The Warriors buried the Blazers early on with a 45-point first quarter which ties the postseason record and is something that has only been done by three other teams. Curry was completely unconscious tonight, hitting 12-of-20 shots and 6-of-7 from the line with seven 3-pointers, eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in just 30 minutes. The Warriors will now get 5-7 days of rest and will face the winner of the series between the Jazz and Clippers.
Kevin Durant (calf) remains questionable for Monday
He's missed the last two games as the Warriors wanted to be cautious with him. Now that they're up 3-0, there isn't a huge need to rush him back and they may rest him even if he's fine to play. They're considering him questionable so they can make a decision tomorrow though. Stephen Curry scored 34 and contributed eight assists last night with Durant sidelined. His fantasy value would take a hit if KD suits up.
Stephen Curry scores 34 as Dubs take 3-0 lead
A 19-1 run in this comeback victory propelled the Dubs to what is now a +47 margin of victory in this series. The Warriors now have a 3-0 lead and one of their biggest strengths in this win was an unusual one with only seven turnovers. Those seven turnovers match a playoff franchise record, and Curry only had one of them en route to his 21st 30-plus scoring game in his postseason career. With this win, the Warriors may opt to take it easier on Kevin Durant for at least one more game. They'll look to close this one out on Monday in Portland.
GSW win despite quiet lines from Steph & Klay
It wasn't a total loss for DFS purposes, as Curry hit four 3-pointers with six rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block. Klay added three 3-pointers, two assists, two boards and one block, and Golden State rode their team defense to a blowout home win -- they limited the Blazers to just 33.3 percent shooting tonight.
Kevin Durant (calf), Shaun Livingston (finger, hand), and Matt Barnes (ankle, foot) all questionable for Wednesday
Durant was cramping up in Game 1 and he's been downgraded to questionable ahead of Game 2 along with Livingston, who's dealing with a finger sprain and hand contusion. Barnes has missed the last three games with a sprain, but he's considered questionable for tomorrow's matchup with Portland. Durant missed practice earlier today, which could be an indication that the Warriors will play it safe with their star. Hopefully, we'll get an update tomorrow morning on his status. If he's ultimately ruled out, Curry would be a great option. He enjoys a 4.0% bump in usage with Durant off the floor and an extra 0.13 FD ppm, bringing his average pace to 1.38 FD ppm.
Draymond Green (rest) and Andre Iguodala (rest) ruled out for Wednesday
No surprises here. With the Warriors locked into the top seed they can afford to let players get some rest heading into the playoffs. Kevon Looney, James McAdoo, and David West will all get some extra minutes with Green out, although they haven't announced who will start yet. Without Iguodala or Matt Barnes (ankle) available, Patrick McCaw will earn a bigger workload as well. None of them are particularly exciting fantasy targets on a nine-game slate with an abundance of value. Golden State will play Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson, all of whom are in play, but are likely to receive fewer minutes than normal.
Stephen Curry (knee) officially ruled out tonight
Curry was doubtful, so this isn't surprise. Kevin Durant (knee) will make his return tonight and won't have a minutes restriction. However, coach Steve Kerr said he would pull Durant when he gets fatigue. Although Durant enjoys a higher usage rate without Curry around, he's a very risky bet tonight given the type of injury he's coming back from. Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Andre Iguodala could all benefit from Curry's absence. They may all get pulled early though, New Orleans will be going without DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis tonight and there's an 18.5-point spread. Shaun Livingston is expected to start and is a potential GPP value play.
Stephen Curry (knee) doubtful for Saturday; Kevin Durant (knee) expected to play without a set minutes restriction
Curry wasn't able to practice Friday and he's considered doubtful to play the Pelicans tomorrow. Durant has been out since the beginning of March, but he's all set to make his return tomorrow, barring any setbacks. Coach Steve Kerr added that Durant won't have any minutes restriction, although he noted he would remove him if Durant looks tired. Not surprisingly, when Curry is off the floor Durant has a 5.8% bump in usage to 34.9%, but he is a very risky choice. Of course, we saw Kyle Lowry return from an extended absence and immediately post a double-double with 27 points and ten assists. However, Durant's injury was in his knee, which means he wasn't able to do the same type of conditioning Lowry (wrist) did while he was rehabbing.
Kevin Durant (knee) could return before the end of the regular season; will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days
Kevin Durant has been making progress in his rehab and has had no setbacks. The team is hopeful that Durant will return before they start the playoffs. The plan is to intensify his level of movement over the next several days. This will include explosive cutting and lateral movement. After 7-10 he'll be re-evaluated and the team will provide another update. Andre Iguodala has been the primary DFS beneficiary with Durant out. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have also picked up the slack on the offensive end.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala will all play after resting on Saturday
Curry, Thompson, Green and Iguodala will all be playing after they rested on Saturday against the Spurs. Iguodala will likely continue coming off the bench with Matt Barnes starting at SF. Curry and Thompson both have a usage rate over 30% with Durant out of the lineup and should be considered elite GPP plays against the Sixers tonight. It might be tough to trust them in cash with the Warriors being large favorites and Russell Westbrook being on the slate.