Blazers vs. Warriors Game 2 Pick

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 20, 2017

Kevin Durant put up 32 points and 10 rebounds, but suffered a calf strain in the win and is questionable for tonight's contest.

That experience, which included Curry being unable to shake Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in a crucial sequence toward the end of Cleveland's Game 7 victory in the NBA Finals, may have informed Kerr's decision to give Durant some extra rest.

But for all of the success Thompson has seen in the past few years, he has rarely found himself on the other side of an offensive barrage from a single player.

- Stephen Curry scored 19 points on an off night, JaVale McGee sparked Golden State off the bench with 15 points, and the short-handed Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-81 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series Wednesday night without injured leading scorer Kevin Durant. The Warriors neutralized Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, flexed their defensive might and enjoyed a surplus of contributions from up-and-down the roster in a dominant performance that showed why they are the favorites to win another National Basketball Association championship.

Key To The Game: Will anyone else on the Trail Blazers step up?

With NBA salaries rising, committing to two max. contracts, plus the contracts of Green and Thompson - owed $16.4 and $17.8 million, respectively, in 2017-18 - and the new deals for Iguodala and Livingston would be expensive for the Warriors.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. INJURY UPDATE: Portland's Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) says he will not play in Game 2.

With as well as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum played in Game 1, Portland really should have won the game.

And while the Warriors' offense showcased its depth and potency, their defense was perhaps even more impressive.

Portland's starting guards, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, combined for 75 points in Game 1 to keep Portland competitive most of the game. That is nowhere near good enough - and McCollum and Lillard are likely not going to both play at that high of a level again.

Golden State recorded its 11th straight home win over the Trail Blazers and 12th win in their last 13 meetings, including a 4-1 triumph in last year's Western semifinals. "They're going to make it hard on us".

The team announced that Durant will sit this one out with a strained calf. I think right now, it's similar. We learned that we've got to do this collectively.

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