The Golden State Warriors (67-15) will host the Portland Trail Blazers (41-41) in Game 2 of their first round playoff series at the Oracle Arena Wednesday.
Stephen Curry (30) flings his wristband at fans after an National Basketball Association playoffs game between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trailblazers in Oakland, California, on Sunday, April 16, 2017.Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trailblazers 121-109.
Besides McCollum and Lillard, who combined for 75 points in the game, the remaining Trail Blazers were only able to add 34 points and shot an abysmal 12-of-39 from the field.
It was reported that Durant has been experiencing some cramping during Sunday's Game 1, which was a 121-109 win in where Durant finished with a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds. Durant missed roughly six weeks in the regular season with a left knee injury and the Warriors weathered the loss, going 15-4 in his absence.
In addition to Durant, Golden State guard Shaun Livingston (finger) and forward Matt Barnes (ankle sprain) were ruled out for Game 2.
Kevin Durant did not train on Tuesday, April 18 (Wednesday in Manila) and is questionable for Golden State's Western Conference playoff clash with Portland, team officials said.
Of course, you won't hear any sympathy from the Blazers, who will play their ninth consecutive game without starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right leg on March 28.
"I don't know if I'd use the word equalizer", Stotts said.
"I feel better. I would like to play, but I think I'm not ready so I'm not going to play game second", he said. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum made brilliant playoff debuts, and it still wasn't enough for Portland in Game 1 against Golden State.
Earlier this season, Green was just six points shy of the historically elusive quadruple-double, recording four points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals and five blocks February 10 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
But now Golden State might have to try to continue the run without Durant.
He anchored a defensive-minded lineup to start the fourth quarter while Curry and Durant were on the bench.
In the grand scheme of things, Kerr should be willing to jeopardize a game early in the playoffs to ensure Durant's health.
Curry understands the frustration. "I'm not 100 percent", Nurkic said. "Based on our Game 1, we need to pick it up on that end anyway, so it should be a good challenge". "Definitely I want to play".