Warriors win easy without Durant
- Author: Julie Sanders May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 12:44
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after scoring against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 16, 2017. Th. 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. Game 4 is set for Monday.
"We're pretty thin", Kerr said. "You just have to play with whatever you've got just like Portland is doing now without their starting center". "Understand that it's a long game, and you try to wear them down".
"As I said when we started the series, we need to score", Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. So we'll go without our guys and see how we can do.
And this wasn't a case of likely Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green exerting individual dominance, similar to Game 1. "We didn't do that".
Golden State got a solid start from center Zaza Pachulia (5-of-8, 10 points) and continued to punish the Blazers with their bigs.
Patrick McCaw continued to build confidence and assert his aggression with nine points, five rebounds and a big-league block from behind against Damian Lillard. Yeah, every game matters but at the same time we're looking far into the future where we're playing for another two months.
The Warriors' 11 blocked shots contributed to the visitors' 30-for-90 night.
From the Game 1, the Balzers Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are played well and scored 75 points as combined. He finished with 15 points, five rebounds, four blocks and a steal, shooting a ideal 7-for-7 from the field and making his only free throw.
Counting last season's 4-1 victory in the Western semifinals, Golden State has beaten Portland in 11 of the past 12 contests. Forward Maurice Harkless was the high scorer for the Blazers with 15 points. "Speaking of that, I have a little calf injury", Durant said, showing his left calf wrapped with blue tape. "Obviously we've still got lots of good players".
Portland center Jusuf Nurkic won't play in Game 2 of the Trail Blazers' first-round series against the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry led Golden State with 19 points and four three-pointers.
A few nights after Lillard and McCollum put on a show at Oracle Arena, the Splash Brothers should remind everyone that they are the best backcourt in the league.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Warriors are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -13.5 points against the Blazers. "He wants to play, but he knows we have to do the wise thing". "And that's what they did".
It doesn't seem entirely likely that McCollum and Lillard will be this good again in Game 2; and it seems extremely probable that Curry and Thompson will be livelier and more productive in the next one and the one after that. His ability to convert on those looks was a huge issue for Portland's defense; those are the types of shots that they should be willing to live with, but they may change their tune on that if Durant continues to make nearly all of them. The Dubs held the Blazers to just 33% shooting from the field en route to an 110-81 victory.