The Blazers proved they can hang with the Warriors in Game 1, provided their stars play like stars. They appeared to have a massive advantage everywhere else, particularly with Jusuf Nurkic missing the first game. It was a pretty monstrous block and you know, it was fitting that he got a 3 on the other end because that's what Klay is all about.
"We've been in that situation and hopefully it's a very short absence for him and he'll be back soon", center Zaza Pachulia said.
"I wouldn't call it demoralizing", Portland coach Terry Stotts said.
-KERR: I don't know about that but the one thing I would say is it's probably helpful going into this game knowing what we did without him when he missed the six weeks. "But at the end of the day it's a team game and I'd rather win the game than go into a back court battle".
The Game 2 between Portland Trail Blazers and Warriors takes place at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, CA at 10.30 pm EST.
The opener in a rematch of last season's Western Conference semifinals won in five games by Golden State didn't disappoint featuring two of the NBA's best backcourt duos. After scores from Thompson and Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and David West would combine to account for Golden State's next 11 points, after which it was James Michael McAdoo's turn.
In a series that was intriguing from the get-go due to all of the incredible scorers on the floor at one time between both teams, the victories by the Warriors so far have been decided by players like Draymond Green and JaVale McGee.
Durant got going fast.
The Warriors star spent a few minutes Thursday updating fans via YouTube live streaming session.
He vowed to take his game to another level as a new season begins - not to mention the quest for his first title.
The 7-footer continued to give unbelievable effort around the rim on offense and defense, scoring 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting in 13 minutes - and he added 4 blocked shots. Although Curry (6-of-18 shooting) and Thompson (6-of-17) struggled from the field, the center spot, considered a weak position for the Warriors, kept the team afloat offensively. Lillard finished the first half with 21 points in the first half on 6-11 shooting but scored only 13 points on 15 shots in the second half.
"They're going to try to force the issue and you've just got to stay solid", Curry said of the Trail Blazer tandem. The led shrunk to just a single point (43-42), then Javale McGee changed the complexion of the game.
If Wednesday night's performance was any indication, they may not need him for the rest of the playoff series. Plus, Portland is a top-three PF matchup in terms of fantasy points allowed.
Now leading the series 2-0, the Warriors will head to Portland for the next two games against the Trail Blazers, beginning with Game 3 on Saturday night. But the difference that was seen throughout Game 2, and what should carry on through Game 3 and the remainder of the series, is the difference in bench play between the two teams.