Warriors D snuffs Blazers in Game 2 win
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 20:31
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Golden State Warriors.
It took Golden State more than 40 minutes to build a double-digit lead in Game 1.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - JaVale McGee has made a name for himself catching lob passes and reliably slamming them home to the pure delight of his teammates, and oh did those matter for the short-handed Golden State Warriors as they moved one win closer to another National Basketball Association championship. Everyone on the team had at least one point and the bench combined for 50 points on the night.
McCaw averaged more than 20 minutes a game while Durant was sidelined and while his stats weren't awesome - around four points per game on 45 percent shooting - he didn't look out of place.
The Warriors also placed veteran backup Shaun Livingston on the injury report for Game 2, citing a sprained right index finger and bruised hand.
Counting last season's 4-1 victory in the Western semifinals, Golden State has beaten Portland in 11 of the past 12 contests.
TURNING POINT: After Portland trimmed a 16-point deficit to one in the second quarter, the Warriors put together runs closing the first half and opening the second to reassert themselves.
"Like I've said from Day 1 when I was first asked about free agency, this is a ideal place to play". Tonight the Warriors won with an outstanding defensive effort and took a 2-0 series lead in the process. Curry missed four more games with that injury - the finale of the Houston series and the first three games of the Portland series, including a Game 3 loss in Portland. "Obviously we've still got lots of good players". In game 2 Golden State held the tandem of Lillard and McCollum to just 23 points. He got cooking after a typical Golden State post-timeout roll-to-lob play, and just kept bullying the Blazers' small lineups.
According to The Sacramento Bee, the Blazers, on the other hand, will continue to be without center Jusuf Nurkic, who is now recovering from a right leg fracture.
"If he didn't practice, there's concern", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the San Jose Mercury-News.
The Blazers have now lost 12 of the last 13 games to the Warriors. Atlanta will need to make some more adjustments at home in Game 3 to shift the momentum of this series. He finished flawless, going 7-for-7 with 15 points in his 13 minutes.