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February 14, 2018 at 10:30 PM ET

Warriors, Trail Blazers Square Off Before All-Star Break

By Nick Brazzoni  

The Golden State Warriors will head to Portland on Wednesday to take on the Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Warriors (44-13) have managed to shake off the rough stretch they had to start February where they lost three of four games and have now won three in a row. Their most recent victory ended up being their most dominant of the season so far, as they demolished the tanking Phoenix Suns by 46 points Monday night, and they managed to do so without All-Star Draymond Green, who was out while nursing a sprained finger. Coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday, however, that the injury isn't anything serious, and he fully expects his starting power forward to be on the floor Wednesday night in Portland. Green is officially listed as questionable. For the Trail Blazers (31-26), they fell to the smoking hot Jazz their last time out, losing to Utah by 19 points after being outscored 38-19 in the third quarter. Overall, it's been a pretty rough stretch for the Trail Blazers as they head into the All-Star break, as they've lost four of their last six outings. It's been a lack of offensive firepower that's really plagued this Portland team over this stretch, as they are averaging just 97 points per game in those four losses while allowing their opponents to score over 113 points per contest. This surely doesn't bode well for Wednesday's matchup, with the Warriors boasting the league's top scoring offensive and the second-best point differential so far this season. Wednesday serves as one last chance for the Trail Blazers to get right, but it looks like the All-Star break is coming at just the right time for this team.

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 1:16 AM ET

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