The Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers will meet in the Western Conference Finals with the winner of the series going to the NBA Finals.

The Warriors got to this point by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round and the Houston Rockets in the second round. It is their fifth straight trip to the Western Conference Finals.

Portland will be making its first conference finals appearance since 2000. The Trail Blazers last made the conference semifinals in 2016 and lost to the Warriors in five games.

Here are some things you should know about this Western Conference Finals matchup, the series schedule and how you can watch.

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1). Curry brothers will make history

The Warriors’ Stephen Curry will be going up against his brother Seth Curry, who plays for the Trail Blazers. It’s the first time in NBA history that brothers will be playing against each other in the conference finals.

2). Kevin Durant is injured

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, left, walks away from referee Ken Mauer during the first half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, walks away from referee Ken Mauer during the first half of Game 5 of the team’s second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Kevin Durant suffered a strained calf against the Rockets and is likely out for Games 1 and 2. Durant, the two-time NBA Finals MVP, suffered the injury in Game 5 against Houston. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters ahead of Game 1 against the Trail Blazers he would have an update on Durant’s injury later in the week.

3). C.J. McCollum and Kevin Durant have some beef

In the summer, Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum hosted Kevin Durant on his podcast. Durant told McCollum the Trail Blazers would never win a championship. The conversation between the two players has resurfaced ahead of their Western Conference Finals matchup.

4). Eyes on mid-major schools

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum stands at center court waiting for the start of the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum stands at center court waiting for the start of the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Three stars who will have the spotlight shined on them in the series have come from mid-major schools. Stephen Curry attended Davidson, C.J. McCollum was drafted out of Lehigh and Damian Lillard went to Weber State. The Western Conference Finals will put some of the smaller school across the nation on the map.

5). Damian Lillard comes home

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard celebrates after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. The Trail Blazers won 100-96. (AP Photo/John Leyba)

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard celebrates after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. The Trail Blazers won 100-96. (AP Photo/John Leyba)

Though it will be tough for Portland to play on the road against the Warriors, it will be more of a homecoming for Damian Lillard who grew up in Oakland. Lillard grew up blocks away from the Oracle Arena, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He called the possibility of playing in Oakland, as the Warriors are getting ready to say goodbye to the arena, a “storybook moment.”

“I think it’s a storybook moment,” he said, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. “For this being the last year playing in Oakland, me growing up here — I had season tickets to watch the Warriors play. You know, it’s a special ending. Hopefully, it will end the right way for us.”

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers series schedule

Game 1: May 14 @ Golden State

Game 2: May 16 @ Golden State

Game 3: May 18 @ Portland

Game 4: May 20 @ Portland

Game 5: May 22 @ Golden State (if necessary)

Game 6: May 24 @ Portland (if necessary)

Game 7: May 26 @ Golden State (if necessary)

How to Watch

Each Western Conference Finals game will be broadcast on ESPN. Each game will start at 9 p.m. ET.

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