Kevin Durant Hopeful To Play In Game 3
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 7:43
But Golden State had the game's two most productive frontcourt players, with Draymond Green complementing Durant with a brilliant all-around performance that featured 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocked shots and three steals.
"It felt like I could go yesterday (in Game 1), but Coach (Steve) Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to give it a few more days of rest, so hopefully I'll see how I feel these next couple days".
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Golden State Warriors just recently announced that the superstar forward will be a no-go when the Warriors and Blazers hook back up for Game 2 of their first-round series in Oakland.
Portland won the battle of the backcourts in Game 1, with CJ McCollum (41 points) and Damian Lillard (34) outscoring Warriors counterparts Stephen Curry (29) and Klay Thompson (15) by a whopping 75-44. His salary is nearly too easy, given not only what he did in Game 1 (19 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 blocks and 3 steals), but also that he averaged about seven fantasy points more versus Portland this season than everyone else.
Durant provided an update on his injury through his personal YouTube channel Thursday evening. Now the Warriors are inching even closer to making a Round 2 appearance. But tonight we didn't really get it going much or consistently throughout the game. Javale McGee led the Warriors with 13 points.
Watching the status of Durant heading into to Game 3 will be interesting exclusively from the perspective of making sure one of Golden State's best players is healthy moving forward. Of course, Durant was out for more than a month during the regular season, only returning with three games left on the schedule.
The Blazers will be without center Jusuf Nurkic, who is recovering from a right leg fracture.
Warriors: Thompson matched Hall of Famer Rick Barry for second place on the franchise list for postseason games played with 66.
It took Golden State more than 40 minutes to build a double-digit lead in Game 1. "We'll see what happens", added Durant.
Trail Blazers: The Blazers' third-quarter scoring output was their lowest in any period this season - and tied for the fewest in a quarter by a Warriors playoff opponent in the shot clock era.
They also rattled off a 13-game winning streak during that span without KD.
But as we all saw during Game 7 of the Finals previous year, Kerr really sticks to his guns when it comes to minutes, and if he wasn't willing to go all out then, it's tough to imagine him doing it in the first round.
"It makes sense, I know what he was trying to say", Livingston said of Shaq. Golden State dismantled Portland, 110-81, in Game 2 largely because of the back half of its rotation.
Despite the lopsided result, Golden State's usual stars struggled to find a rhythm. He returned for Game 4 of that series, against the Rockets, but missed Golden State's next four playoff games, including three against the Blazers, and had trouble showing the form that led to two straight MVP awards.
Green already had six rebounds and six assists in the first quarter.