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Stories by Erik Gundersen

Columbian Trail Blazers Writer

Golden State&#039;s Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after scoring a basket against the dejected Portland Trail Blazers during Game 4 Monday in Portland.

Curry’s return sinks Blazers, 132-125

Golden State&#039;s Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after scoring a basket against the dejected Portland Trail Blazers during Game 4 Monday in Portland.

May 9, 2016, 11:26pm Blazers

In a classic that went down to the wire, Stephen Curry added to his legendary season with 40 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Warriors a 132-125 overtime win over the Blazers in Game 4. Read story

Golden State’s Draymond Green and Portland’s Damian Lillard (background) have exchanged words in the media leading into Monday’s Game 4 in Portland.

Playoffs bring out war of words between Blazers, Warriors

Golden State’s Draymond Green and Portland’s Damian Lillard (background) have exchanged words in the media leading into Monday’s Game 4 in Portland.

May 8, 2016, 5:00pm Blazers

A left-handed free-throw contest with Chris Kaman was the only little game that Damian Lillard would talk about with a smile Sunday morning. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots over Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, left, and forward Draymond Green, right, during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Portland, Ore.

Blazers not going away

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots over Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, left, and forward Draymond Green, right, during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Portland, Ore.

May 7, 2016, 10:37pm Blazers

For at least one night, Damian Lillard found the spell the Trail Blazers needed to defeat Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors in their best-of-seven playoff series. Read story

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center left, sits on the bench during the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Blazers not sure they won’t face Curry

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center left, sits on the bench during the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

May 6, 2016, 11:05pm Blazers

Even though Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said during a radio appearance that Steph Curry will not play in Saturday’s Game 3, the Portland Trail Blazers are not relaxing. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe dunks in front of Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston during the second half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Warriors won 110-99.

Blazers need to maintain high level of play

Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe dunks in front of Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston during the second half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Warriors won 110-99.

May 5, 2016, 5:22pm Blazers

The stage is bigger, the lights are brighter and Stephen Curry is nearing his return. In the middle of it all, are the young Portland Trail Blazers, still with plenty to learn. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard walks off the court after Game 6 of the team&#039;s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, April 29, 2016, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 106-103.

Blazers survive, advance in NBA Playoffs

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard walks off the court after Game 6 of the team&#039;s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, April 29, 2016, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 106-103.

April 29, 2016, 11:26pm Blazers

Don’t listen to what the free T-shirts said. There was plenty of doubt. Read story

Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless reacts after being called for a foul during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-98. (AP Photo/Mark J.

Blazers seek to close out Clippers

Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless reacts after being called for a foul during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 108-98. (AP Photo/Mark J.

April 28, 2016, 7:19pm Blazers

After a whirlwind of circumstance, the Portland Trail Blazers played their new role as the strong favorites in their best-of-seven series as if they had prepared for it their whole lives. Read story

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless, right, during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore.

Paul, Griffin out for rest of series against Blazers

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless, right, during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore.

April 26, 2016, 3:32pm Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are in uncharted territory and mapping their way through it probably can't get started until tip-off Wednesday. Read story

Portland&#039;s Al-Farouq Aminu (8) and Blazers fans celebrate after Aminu&#039;s three point basket over Clippers forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12).

Blazers break L.A.’s series grip

Portland&#039;s Al-Farouq Aminu (8) and Blazers fans celebrate after Aminu&#039;s three point basket over Clippers forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12).

April 25, 2016, 10:53pm Blazers

Paul, Griffin leave with injuries as Portland evens series with victory over L.A. Clippers Read story

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, right, drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless during the first half of Game 3.

Door may have opened a bit for Blazers, Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, right, drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless during the first half of Game 3.

April 24, 2016, 6:44pm Blazers

The Blazers were already expecting the more experienced Clippers to give them their best shot after a bad Game 3. Read story