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Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
U.S. | By Rene Hicks

Damian Lillard Predicts Major UPSET vs Warriors in NBA Playoffs

Damian Lillard Predicts Major UPSET vs Warriors in NBA Playoffs

The Warriors won all four games this season against the Blazers and beat a better Portland team in five games in last year's playoffs.

However, one should not overlook that the playoffs become more about interior strength - rebounding and rim protection - and those are areas the Warriors sacrifice to focus on ball movement and scoring. From an individual offensive standpoint, it's really now Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James and Steph Curry vs.

Dellavedova was lured to the Bucks on a lucrative deal after his success with the Cavs and was joined by top-10 draft pick Thon Maker, who looks a star of the future. McCollum is, you know who Nurkic is. He's one of the NBA's smartest players.

In March, league sources confirmed that Gentry had been told by management that they expect for the team to show signs of progress over the final stretch of the season because the talent issue on the roster has been addressed with the addition of Cousins.

For the past three years, the NBA Championship team has featured an Aussie. One through eight, it's hard. Although Damian Lillard is an All-Star, he only has CJ McCollum by his side since center Jusuf Nurkic is still not cleared to return. It's hard as s-- to be that, and we know how tough that is. They get away with it. That's just the name of the game.

WinnersView.com brings stories and statistics together to make you smarter about the sports and games you love. "But I've got the answer why I feel like we've got a great chance". This is a man on live television basically saying he thinks his team is going to win. Somehow, the Warriors' 67-win season felt underwhelming coming off last year's National Basketball Association record 73 wins. Still, the Blazers training staff may want to be careful on Nurkic and he would likely be limited in his first game back.

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"Definitely changes the series whether he's in or out", Draymond Green said. "We didn't see that [percentage]. But someody talked me into getting on the YouTube", Durant said. I think that would weigh down any human being. "You can't account for that stuff". We're going in there to win it.

Lillard, though, was a little more serious in insisting his prediction to ESPN on Thursday.

The Blazers will find themselves in a familiar spot when Game 1 tips off on Sunday afternoon.

Since his arrival in Portland, Nurkic has been embraced by Portland fans. On the other hand, the Boston Celtics wants to show the rest of the National Basketball Association that getting the number 1 seed is not a fluke. However, either way, this is a lot of points to lay with a Portland team that can light it up. His post-season average is better than most of the franchise players right now.

Health may be the biggest factor for the Trail Blazers if they're to make a run at a career-defining upset this year.

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