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Ruled out for Game 2

21 April, 2017, 17:41 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates 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

Many thought that this could be the end for the Golden State Warriors' winning streak as they were coming into the game vulnerable and with a diminished team.

The power was out on Wednesday night for the Portland offense. The sharpness from the second quarter carried over into the third, when the Warriors finally buried the Blazers for good in a 28-12 sustained drubbing.

Following a left-calf strain that occurred in Game 1, the Golden State Warriors deemed it necessary to sit most valuable player and rebounder Kevin Durant from the Game 2. The Warriors scored 121 points, Kevin Durant sizzled and Draymond Green was fantastic, but look for the Splash Brothers to shoot better Wednesday.

Sitting KD wasn't that surprising because the Warriors planned to be extra cautious with their superstar, who recently returned for the final three games of the regular season after being sidelined for 19 games with a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee and bruised tibia. Luckily, Golden State has another one. Washington, Houston and Golden State all saw ways they can get better in Game 2.

Golden State's historic collection of scorers is what makes the team so marketable. In fact, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr went as far to say that he was concerned about the injury (more on that here). They obliterated Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who went a combined 9-34.

"No, they can go for a combined 75 points, they're wonderful players", Thompson said of McCollum and Lillard. By the time the buzzer sounded for intermission, McGee had gone 6-of-6 for 13 points, with three blocks.

"I just try to be efficient out there", he said. "But to get over that hump and beat them, we've got to make those plays and give guys more opportunities so we can have them as well on the offensive end".

With as well as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum played in Game 1, Portland really should have won the game. The postseason appearance was the 66th for Warriors SG Klay Thompson, tying SF Rick Barry for second on Golden State's all-time list.

Westbrook delivered a triple-double of 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds but couldn't get the ball to drop when it counted.

The Portland Trail Blazers desperately wanted it in Game 1 on Sunday, and tried everything within their power to push and prod and tempt the "Splash Brothers" into that rat-a-tat shoot-out - and nobody else in the league dares to try this.

The series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Saturday.

Wednesday, the Oakland infirmary included not just Durant, but Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes.



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