The NBA appears to expect a Warriors sweep over the Blazers

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A look at the Golden State Warriors' playoff picture

During his interview right after the game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Damian Lillard was asked about Golden State Warriors. A lot of Golden State Warriors fans reacted about Lillard's prediction. It was Warriors in six in one of the biggest playoff upsets in National Basketball Association history.

The NBA has already released the full first round schedule, with Game 1 tipping off Sunday at 12:30 pm on ABC.

Harkless played 22 minutes and was 5-of-6, finishing with a three-point percentage of 35.1 and letting his team-mates throw up 30 three-point attempts. He went 0-for-1 from deep against the Utah Jazz on April 4 then proceeded to take 18 shots in the final three Blazers games in which he played.

The Blazers lost that game, which didn't matter because they already had clinched a playoff spot.


Last season with Steph Curry injured, the Warriors eliminated Portland 4-1 in a playoff series. To get that far into the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs schedule, the Blazers are going to need to win games early in this series.

Among the Golden State Warriors players trying to get healthy, the biggest name is former NBA MVP Kevin Durant. A considerable portion of that improvement can be attributed to the arrival of center Jusuf Nurkic, who came to the Blazers via a trade with Denver just prior to the trade deadline.

This will be the second year in a row the Warriors and Blazers will meet in the postseason. On paper, on social media, and in the minds of many National Basketball Association experts, this could be a very one-sided playoff series. The Warriors only have to look to themselves to know they need to be careful.

It's this momentum that has made Lillard more confident the Blazers can take on anyone, including the league-leading Warriors.

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