Trail Blazers vs Warriors Live: Western Conference finals Game 1 score, live updates & how to watch. The Portland Trail Blazers are back in the Western Conference finals for the first time in 19 years where they’ll face the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, in the conference finals for the fifth straight year.
For the Portland Trail Blazers, Tuesday night’s Game 1 of the Western Conference finals has been 19 years in the making. That’s how long it’s been since the Blazers were last in the West finals.
Longtime Blazers fans all know how that 2000 series ended. This time, it’s Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum & Co. squaring off against the Splash Brothers and the Golden State Warriors.
Trail Blazers fans around the world are riding the wave of their team’s run through the NBA playoffs. The Blazers now face their biggest challenge of the postseason to this point in the top-seeded Warriors. But the Blazers have been proving doubters wrong since the playoffs began, so it will be fascinating to see how this series plays out.
When Game 1 tips off at 6 p.m. PDT Tuesday in Oakland, where in the world will you be watching from? Whether you’ll be at Oracle Arena, at the watch party outside Moda Center, or on your couch watching the broadcast, we want to know where fans will be settling in to take in Game 1. Tell us in the comments section of this post.
Golden State Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr knows stylish basketball when he sees it, and he has seen it occur while watching the Blazers play.
Kerr will get a prolonged up close view of the Blazers beginning tonight, when the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors face the Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Tonight’s game will be played at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The Blazers’ offense starts and goes through guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and the Warriors saw a similar offense when they faced and vanquished the Houston Rockets in the conference semifinal round. The Rockets’ offense revolved around guards James Harden and Chris Paul.
“They’ve got more motion, more movement than Houston, but two very dominant guards like Houston,” Kerr told reporters. “In some ways, that series (against Houston) may have helped us prepare for this one.”
The Warriors know they must try to neutralize Lillard and McCollum. Lillard has played well against the Warriors during his career and he averaged 28.3 points game during the regular season against Golden State.
The Oakland native seems to rise to the occasion when he’s playing in his hometown.
Lillard hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Blazers a 110-109 win in Oakland in December. Lillard’s highest-scoring game in Oakland was a 39-point performance in a 111-104 loss in December 2017. Lillard’s best playoff performance in Oakland was when he scored 34 points during a 121-109 loss in Game 1 of the first round in 2017.