Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 128-112 win against the Portland Trail Blazers:
1. Steve Kerr has the utmost respect for Damian Lillard. Kerr made sure to head toward Lillard after the game, and the two had a pleasant conversation in which Kerr expressed admiration for the player even after he was held for 17 points. The gesture came after Lillard appeared annoyed by a comment Kerr made after the last meeting between the two teams. Kerr playfully gave a compliment in comparing Lillard to Stephen Curry. Lillard didn’t put up Curry-like numbers on this night, but there is a healthy respect he has for Kerr.
2. Andre Iguodala rolled his ankle and was limping afterward in the locker room. His status doesn’t look great for Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, and he could be out going forward depending on how the ankle heals. He sprained the left ankle while going after a loose ball and getting tangled up with Damian Lillard. That’s not a good development for the Warriors, given how they struggled with turnovers and flow in his absence. He had just returned to action the previous game after missing time with left hamstring tightness.
3. The Warriors can shoot the lights out. Major discovery on my part, I know. But every so often, Curry and Klay Thompson hammer this point home with 3-point shooting performances that are a sight to see. They combined for 15 3-pointers on this night.
4. Kerr’s messages are getting across. On an off day from practice, the team held a film session to address the turnovers issue. Voila, the Warriors matched a season low with eight of them one day later.
5. Portland can shoot with the Warriors, too. Even on a night they got blown out, they made 19 3-pointers to best the Warriors in that category and come within four of matching the NBA single-game record. If these two teams face off in the playoffs, expect some shootouts.