Kevin Durant is questionable for Wednesday night's Game 2 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Golden State Warriors clamped down on the Portland Trail Blazers 110-81 on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round series, using a dominant defensive performance that belied their injury issues. Durant missed 19 regular season games with a left knee injury.
Poor shooting by Curry (6-of-18) and Thompson (6-of-17) was more than offset by a forgettable night by Portland guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined for 75 points in Game 1 but on this night totaled 23 on 9-of-34 shooting.
During that stretch, Stephen Curry was back to playing the way he was last season en route to becoming the first unanimous MVP in National Basketball Association history, while the Warriors fell into a groove like they have rarely been in at any point this season.
The typically spot-on Splash Brothers weren't hitting consistently. The Warriors may be without star forward Kevin Durant, who is questionable to play with a strained calf muscle, but Golden State is still heavily favored.
"That's my whole thing, I just try to be efficient out there", McGee said. The backup big man made all seven of his field-goal attempts and delivered several more of his signature alley-oop dunks as Durant watched with a strained left calf he hurt in the playoff opener Sunday. But tonight we didn't really get it going much or consistently throughout the game.
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Durant was Golden State's leading scorer in their 121-109 Game 1 victory.
Despite the fact that Stephen Curry was cold shooting the ball from the beginning, the team managed to push themselves to a 16-point advantage after the first quarter. We learned that we've got to do this collectively.
On the decision to sit Durant, Kerr simply said playing him was "not worth it". For a while, it seemed it'd work, with the Hawks turning a 10-point deficit into a seven-point lead in the third quarter.
"We've got to have this one", Lillard said. The Blazers expect Nurkic to play at some stage during the series. Jusuf Nurkic will once again be out for the Blazers.
The Warriors proved in Game 1 that they can weather a storm of awesome shots by the Trail Blazers' dynamic duo.