The second day of NBA Playoffs began with an exciting matchup between the number 1 seed Golden State Warriors against the offensive juggernaut, Portland Trail Blazers. Blazers guards Lillard and McCollum impressed the national audience with 75 combined points, but the Warriors won it in the end, 121-109, and are now ahead 1-0 in the best of 7 series. 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.
This seemed to be an inevitability once reports surfaced on Tuesday that Durant suffered a strained calf in Golden State's Game 1 win over Portland over the weeekend.
Warriors: Thompson matched Hall of Famer Rick Barry for second place on the franchise list for postseason games played with 66. Stephen Curry is averaging 24 points and five assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 32 points and 10 rebounds. Without Jusuf Nurkic in the lineup, we all prepared for the Blazers getting blown out in Oracle Arena.
"When they got it going, they're hitting tough shots in the first half, some you've just got to live with, we played great defense", Curry said.
Portland isn't going to get many better performances from McCollum and Lillard this series.
Just two seasons ago, Thompson set an National Basketball Association record for points scored in a single quarter, racking up 37 in a 12-minute span against the Sacramento Kings Jan. 23, 2015. There was a little of everything: physical play, trash talk, deep three-pointers, monster blocked shots and dazzling dunks. "Damian and CJ, if they get 80 between them, we still need to score another 40 or 50 somewhere".
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Kerr wouldn't reveal who will start in Durant's absence, but signs point to rookie Patrick McCaw, who was only on the court for 23 seconds in Game 1.
In addition to Durant, Golden State guard Shaun Livingston (finger) and forward Matt Barnes (ankle sprain) were out for Game 2. It was an incredible effort from both players, as they picked up their level of play to match the intensity of the Warriors.
"To be determined", Stotts said.
Meanwhile, Portland's three starting frontcourt players - Evan Turner, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh - combined for only 25 points on 9-for-25 shooting.
Last season, in what became his last go-around as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and an even 5.0 assists across 35.8 minutes per outing.