Basketball: Blazers' Lillard left in limbo by Warriors’ wall of defense

Steve Kerr Draymond Green Warriors

Steve Kerr Draymond Green Warriors

Green scored 20 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists, keeping the Warriors afloat in the first half before superstar Stephen Curry came alive with 21 of his 36 points after the interval.

"We didn't want to risk anything and put him back in the game", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "He was like a wrecking ball, destroying everything in his path..." While it feels like the sucker move to jump on Golden State in the favorite role now, the Trail Blazers have shown us very little through three games to think this game is going to be any different.

With Golden State again swarming him defensively on Saturday, Lillard connected on five of 18 shots from the floor to finish with 19 points in defeat.

Draymond Green (blue) of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers in game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Trail Blazers point guard, All-Star and 2018 First Team All-NBA honoree Damian Lillard confirmed reports prior to the team's practice Sunday afternoon in Tualatin that he had suffered a separated rib in Portland's Game 2 loss versus the Warriors in Oakland on Thursday. For the second consecutive game, the Blazers held a double-digit second-half lead, but faded late against a Warriors team seeking its fifth consecutive berth to the NBA Finals.

Like most Trail Blazers, Lillard has been most ineffective in third quarters in the series.

Lillard has made a point throughout his career of not using injury as an excuse for poor play - he's played through countless minor injuries and has missed just 25 games over the course of seven National Basketball Association seasons. Leonard provided a spark and finished with a career playoff-high 16 points. "But we have guys who are capable, can step up, and probably will require Alfonzo having a few more minutes". Jones, who played in just 24 games in the regular season because of a torn pectoral muscle, collected three fouls in the game's opening three minutes and headed to the bench. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.