Never allowing the Trail Blazers to find an offensive rhythm, the Warriors rolled to a 128-103 Game 4 triumph Monday night, completing a sweep of the first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Kevin Durant returned after missing two games with a calf injury, scoring five in the Warriors' 14-0 start that blew away the Blazers.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, and Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee react after a McGee dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-roun.
The poor Blazers couldn't bring themselves to actually post how many points the Warriors scored, either at the end of the first quarter or at halftime. Golden State's average margin of victory was 18 points.
Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain), and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain) were also out for the Warriors. That's evidenced by the 10 consecutive games this squad has lost to the Warriors dating back to last year's playoffs.
The Wizards had the game's leading two scorers, with Bradley Beal pouring in 32 points and John Wall adding 22 and 10 assists, but the visitors were left empty-handed. Had he been healthy from the start, Portland might've had the munitions to do much more than test the presumptive champs in four games.
Curry bombed in 37 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter.
Lillard knows that if his Trail Blazers are to compete for the Finals, they're going to have to take down the Warriors. That came out in droves during the team's four-game sweep at the hands of the Warriors this year.
"He didn't do any further damage", Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said, per the Oregonian's Mike Richman.
The two-time All-Star is proud of the team's push down the stretch of the regular season, but he said he's not satisfied.
The Trail Blazers, well what can you say about them. The Warriors could play without a coach and close out this series. The surprising Blazers got past the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening round after falling to a 2-0 deficit.
Earlier on Monday, Brown also addressed Durant's return.
A day later, Warriors GM Bob Myers was scheduled to address the media, but Kerr showed up instead and said he wouldn't be available for Game 4, either.
It is unclear how long he might be out. Brown said he expects that Kerr will watch the game from the locker room. He is out with an illness stemming from complications from his 2015 back surgery.