In the past three games, the Warriors have outscored their opponents by 72 points with Curry off the floor. They’re shooting 52 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range.
They’re back to dominating.
Difference-maker: Klay Thompson
Thompson had a playoff career-high 37 points. He made seven more 3-pointers, giving him 21 in his past three games. That’s the most in a three-game postseason span since the 3-point line was implemented in 1979-80.
Thompson is averaging 27.0 points in seven games without Curry this season. In the past three games, Thompson is 21-of-36 on 3-pointers. In that same span, Warriors opponents are 21-of-90.
Thompson was able to get off shots without moving from his spot. Thompson attempted 16 catch-and-shoot field goals Sunday, making nine (including 7-of-13 from 3-point range).
Why is it important for the Trail Blazers to force Thompson to shoot jumpers off the dribble? Thompson has made 52 percent of his catch-and-shoot jumpers (51 percent from 3-point range) this postseason, and 21 percent of his jumpers off the dribble (20 percent on 3-pointers).
Thompson also excelled on the defensive end. The Trail Blazers shot 2-of-16 when Thompson was the primary defender, including 2-of-13 from Damian Lillard.
Backcourt and frontcourt defense had a great day
Thompson and his backcourt mates did a number on both Lillard and C.J. McCollum on Sunday. The Trail Blazers were 21-of-65 (32 percent) on shots taken or created, including 7-of-25 when they drove.
It wasn’t just the backcourt that limited the Trail Blazers; Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut carried their share of the load defensively as well. The Trail Blazers were 2-of-18 when Green or Bogut contested a shot.
All Green did on the offensive end was join Tom Gola as the only players in Warriors history to record multiple postseason triple-doubles.