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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 128-108 win against the Portland Trail Blazers

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 128-108 win against the Portland Trail Blazers

1. The Trail Blazers have the utmost respect for the Warriors.  “Obviously they’re on pace to have the best record ever, and I think they likely will get it,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.

2. Stephen Curry looked fine. He wore some padding over his previously bruised left shin, but showed no signs of slowing down while playing on it. To say the least, that’s great news for the Warriors. His confidence could be seen as he threw a no-look lob to Andrew Bogut.

3. Klay Thompson was on fire and has been since the new year. His 19-point first quarter set the tone for the team, and afterward, he was close to expressionless discussing his overall performance. In other words, vintage Klay.

4. Brandon Rush is back, and those around him couldn’t be happier for him. He scored a season-high 20 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range. That’s one more three than he hit all last season. His teammates, especially the ones who saw him go down with the ACL injury that cost him his some athleticism and confidence, are glad to see a version of the old B Rush is back. He suffered waded through difficult seasons after the injury, worked hard in the offseason, and is making the most of his opportunity to start.

5. The Warriors were thrilled to see their fans in Portland. A lot of California natives live here, and they got loud. Don’t forget that the Warriors love Portland back. Klay Thompson grew up in the area. Also, Luke Walton’s father played here and was able to catch up with his son before the game.

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Live updates: Warriors vs. Kings in Sacramento

The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) talks with his brother the Sacramento Kings' Seth Curry (30) following their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) talks with his brother the Sacramento Kings’ Seth Curry (30) following their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

Get the latest score and analysis during the Warriors’ game Saturday night at 7 in Sacramento against the Kings. Follow Bay Area News Group beat writer Diamond Leung and others here for live updates and commentary on the game.

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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Trail Blazers

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05:  Interum coach Luke Walton of the Golden State Warriors reacts to play during first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 05: Interum coach Luke Walton of the Golden State Warriors reacts to play during first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Get the latest score and analysis during the Warriors’ game Friday night at 7 in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 109-88 win against the Los Angeles Lakers

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 109-88 win against the Los Angeles Lakers:

1. When Klay Thompson gets hot, look out. This wasn’t quite to the level of the 37-point quarter, but dropping 22 in the first against the team he grew up rooting for had to be a special moment. There was no Kobe Bryant on the other side to face. But Thompson loves it when family and friends in Southern California are in the building. “Growing up a Laker fan, he’s always kind of enjoyed these games,” Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said of Thompson.

2. Stephen Curry is playing through discomfort. This was obvious from the way he limped after getting kicked again in the shin. But it was also revealed in his postgame statements with talk of swelling and contusions and having to get and more treatment. He’ll keep on playing, but the season is taking its toll. “I’ll be alright,” he said.

3. With Curry struggling to get healthy, his teammates are stepping forward. Thompson has had big games in recent days. Draymond Green went on triple-doubles streak. It’s no coincidence, according to Walton, who says that every player has done more. “They see that Steph has been banged up a little bit lately, and every one of them…they pick each other up,” Walton said.

4. Green fell short of a fourth straight double-double, but he’s not worried. “I was just out there trying to do what I do…Oh well. I really don’t care,” Green said, adding that he didn’t feel he played well. Had Green gotten a fourth straight triple-double, he would have joined an elite group of names — Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Maurice Stokes and Russell Westbrook.

5. The Warriors won their 100th regular-season game since last season. That’s 17 losses since Steve Kerr and his staff took over.

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Live updates tonight: Warriors in L.A. to face Lakers

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) high-fives Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Warriors won 106-103. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) high-fives Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Warriors won 106-103. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Get the latest score and analysis during the Warriors’ game Tuesday night at 7:30 in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Follow Bay Area News Group beat writer Diamond Leung and others here for live updates and commentary on the game.

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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Hornets

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry takes a shot as Make-A-Wish recipient and their families watch during the pregame shoot-around before the Warriors game against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. As part of the Golden State Warriors Season of Giving the 10 Make-A-Wish Foundation recipients from across the country also got to meet NBA MVP Stephen Curry as well as other members of the team and coaching staff at the team's practice facility earlier in the day. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry takes a shot as Make-A-Wish recipient and their families watch during the pregame shoot-around before the Warriors game against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Get the latest score and analysis during the Warriors’ game Monday night at 7:30 against the Charlotte Hornets. Follow Bay Area News Group beat writer Diamond Leung and others here for live updates and commentary on the game.

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