Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 18:58
The postseason appearance was the 66th for Warriors SG Klay Thompson, tying SF Rick Barry for second on Golden State's all-time list.
Kevin Durant's 32-point, 10-rebound performance in Game 1 of the playoff series against the Trail Blazers was a huge reason why the Warriors coasted to an easy win.
"It's not worth it", Steve Kerr said.
"These dudes are battle tested", Evan Turner said, "and they go on runs and if you don't come out and do what you need to do and play damn near flawless versus them, they can make a lot of things happen".
Instead, the Warriors once more showed their remarkable balance despite also missing Shaun Livingston from Sunday's win. The Warriors have won seven straight meetings with the Blazers now, but Portland has covered the spread in three straight meetings.
Sometimes I get lazy as an National Basketball Association watcher and merely track the general flow of the game. Creating a Big Four came at the expense of some of their depth, as they were forced to sign a series of low-priced veterans.
The Blazers were without center Jusuf Nurkic, who is recovering from a right leg fracture. While Curry (19 points, six assists, six rebounds) and Thompson (16 points) were up-and-down, their counterparts were all over the place.
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JaVale McGee was a force on both ends, alley-ooping and shot-blocking his way into a spot at the postgame podium. Rookie Patrick McCaw earned his first playoff start in place of Durant and had nine points and five rebounds.
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McCollum, who shot 16 for 28 to score 41 in the 121-109 Game 1 loss, scored 11 points on 4-for-17 shooting.
The Warriors did their usual work on Sunday, shooting 43-of-81 from the field while making 11 3-pointers to get the win. But if Durant aggravated the calf Wednesday - or worse, injured something else by overcompensating - and was out for an extended period of time, problems could arise.
"I'm not going through that again", Durant told Kawakami of free agency on the "Warriors Plus-Minus" podcast.
"I think everybody is healing and on the right path", he said.
"Our offense got scattered, we were rushing everything".