Portland's Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors' Durant questionable

It's where CJ McCollum first revealed his greatness. It's why the Warriors are the Warriors.

The superstar forward needs to be careful. "So we'll see how he feels tomorrow". "And that has to change". On a day he would get 34 points, teaming with C.J. McCollum's 41 in the backcourt that kept the Trail Blazers alive, Lillard would also get dropped.

But beyond their brilliance, the Blazers mostly had a hodgepodge of no-shows and eye-sores.

This type of play from Green and whomever is next for the Warriors is what makes them so scary for the rest of the Western Conference, and for that matter, the Eastern Conference as well.

The Blazers' reserves accounted for just nine points. Crabbe (three points, 1-for-5 shooting) was tentative and ineffective. Then Al-Farouq Aminu missed from the corner.

It was part of a stretch in which he scored seven straight points. Stephen Curry knocked down a timely baseline 3-pointer, reached his hand high and gestured to further ignite a raucous sellout crowd. Perhaps, for all of Lillard's confidence and for all of his and McCollum's brilliance, this speaks to the gap between the teams as nothing else does.

"I think the league has softened up a lot, and it's not like that", Lillard said. "I'm close, but I'm not going to play the second game", Nurkic said.

Between eliminating the Trail Blazers from the postseason in 2016, the Warriors sweeping the season series in the regular season and Damian Lillard's out-of-context prediction, the stage was already set for their to be some quality jawing in Game One Sunday afternoon. He blocked two dunk attempts; one block broke up a 2-on-1 and the other was the result of a dead sprint across the court. Green himself even shot 60 percent from the field and 3-4 on three's.

"If he didn't practice, there's concern", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the San Jose Mercury-News.

"David was huge. He was huge on those ball screens", Green said of West. "Damian couldn't get down-hill anymore". "Sometimes it's not about hitting that first three. All of sudden they weren't getting a bunch of easy stuff".

Golden State, aiming to get back to the National Basketball Association finals for a third straight year and regain the crown they surrendered last season to the Cleveland Cavaliers, had 32 points from Kevin Durant in his first playoff game as a Warrior.

The former Thunder forward put up 32 points and 10 rebounds in his playoff debut for the Warriors.

The teams continued to exchange blows into the third quarter, when Curry awoke and Warriors center JaVale McGee changed the game. We don't expect him to miss a playoff game with this sort of issue.

The only thing that had a chance at stopping Kevin Durant from lighting it up in this series was rust. "He's worked hard. If I have something I want to say, I'm going to say it". "That loosens things up and takes the pressure off them".

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston.

In his absence, the Blazers yet again will be searching for someone to supplement their stars. He smirked and giggled. I think that's just good for the game.


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