Warriors Dominate Over Trail Blazers in Game-2 Victory
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 18:37
Blazers vs Warriors: The Golden State Warriors next game is scheduled to play against Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Western Conference Playoffs First Round, Game 2 in which Warriors lead series 1-0.
The Dubs were down three rotation players in Game 2, as Durant (calf), Shaun Livingston (finger) and Matt Barnes (ankle) all missed the proceedings. Read about Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors live stream TV Channels, confirmed starting lineup and live score updates, results of today's NBA Playoffs. "Coach Steve Kerr didn't want to risk Durant getting a worse injury than his strained calf muscle, so he sat the 6'9" star out during game two.
McGee's 15 points and 100% field goal shooting put him right up there with his team's star players, Steph Curry, 29, and Clay Thompson, 27.
Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson wasn't too hot either, scoring 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting. After combining for 75 points in Game 1 and pushing Portland on the brink of an upset through three-quarters, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum scored just 23 points on 9-for-34 shooting. Curry opened the second half scoring with a three-pointer to ignite an 11-2 Golden State burst to begin the third frame. It's no secret an aggressive Iguodala makes the Warriors' ceiling nearly limitless, and they were 19-3 in the regular season when he scored in double figures.
Golden State is the best team in the league this is an absolute fact.
Nurkic, traded to Portland on February 12 from the Denver Nuggets, missed the last seven games of the regular season as well as Game 1 against the Warriors with a non-displaced right leg fracture. He expects Durant to return sometime during the best-of-seven first-round series, if not Wednesday against the Trail Blazers. Portland played again without center Jusuf Nurkic, and missed him.
The extra day of rest before Saturday's game helps, Durant added.
Which, after a long lead up to Game One thanks to both teams clinching their respective seeds a week before the start of the postseason, was appreciated.
In Game 1, Portland's stellar backcourt erupted for 68 points in three quarters to keep the Blazers in it, until the Warriors ramped up the energy, blitzed pick-and-rolls harder and the Blazers fell off in a 7-of-26 fourth quarter to lose by 12. If it's Lillard's responsibility to switch onto McGee here, he also ends up out of position, trailing the big man in no position to make a play on the ball.
The Trail Blazers wouldn't go away quietly, however, and would get themselves back in the game with a strong start to the second quarter.
Survive isn't even the right word, not in Game 2.
"You've got to defend, especially in the play-offs". We just kind of let it happen and see how the game goes.
Draymond Green narrowly missed a triple-double for the second-straight game with six points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, while JaVale McGee came off the bench to contribute 15 points and four blocks.
In game two, the teams were whistled for 55 fouls and took a combined 71 free throws. "He was incredible all over the court for us tonight". "We've got to try to limit that if we want a chance to win games".