Since the injury to their MVP Steph Curry, the Golden State Warriors have dispelled any notion that they would struggle and their level would drop considerably.
As the slogan on their warm-up t-shirts reads, the Warriors have "Strength in Numbers" and they have displayed that emphatically after their superstar went down with a knee injury in Houston in the first-round of the playoffs.
They went on to close the series with the Rockets in five games and currently hold a 2-0 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference semi-finals.
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The team's ability to cope without their point guard means Curry can take extra time to recover from his injury, with a potential matchup in the conference finals against either the Oklahoma City Thunder or San Antonio Spurs on the horizon.
Curry, however, is making good progress on the knee injury which ruled him out for at least two weeks and there was talk that a return in game three was a possibility, but head coach Steve Kerr has now all but shot that down.
"It's tough to see him playing Saturday,'' coach Steve Kerr said. "He's gotten better and better each day.''
When probed further by reporters for an answer on whether Curry would feature on Saturday the NBA's Coach of the Year replied "probably not".
The news that Curry is mobile and making progress will be enough to ease the concerns of Dubs fans who are eager to see their star back on the court to guide the team to a second consecutive championship.
Game four in Portland will take place on Monday and barring any setbacks in his recovery, it remains a possibility that Curry - who will be confirmed as the MVP for the second straight year soon - takes to the floor in that encounter.
"Everything has gone very smoothly. He hasn't had any setbacks,'' Kerr said. "He's ramping up things in the weight room.''
Kerr confirmed that his point guard has not had any practice sessions since his injury and has been working solely on strength and conditioning and the team would prefer to see him come through a few practice drills first before throwing him back into a playoff game.
"That's what we did in Houston with the ankle. He wanted to play but he hadn't practiced,'' Kerr said. "We gave him two straight days of three-on-three, five-on-five, and he felt pretty good. So that's why he started out Game 4. We probably need to get through that process. We need to see him in rhythm, cutting, moving and see how he responds the next day as well.''
The Warriors overcame an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter of game two at the Oracle Arena and emerged with an 11-point win after a blistering display on both ends of the floor.
The Blazers showed they can compete with the Dubs and gave them a real fright. They will need to display that same spirit at the Moda Center on Saturday to give themselves hope of getting back into the series.