Portland's Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors' Durant questionable
01:48, Apr 30, 2017
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Curry joined Barry as the only Warriors with 100 steals in the playoffs.
Golden State saw contributions from their bench Wednesday night that the Blazers just simply could not match.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant did not practice on Tuesday because of a left calf strain and is questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Draymond Green was perhaps most menacing on both ends to the Blazers, who missed injured 7-foot center Jusuf Nurkic. But he knows that you've got to do the wise thing, you've got to do the smart thing long-term.
"No, they can go for a combined 75 points, they're awesome players", Thompson said of McCollum and Lillard. "They were just able to finish, but over the course of 48 (minutes) you just try to wear them down".
The Warriors learned how to play without Durant during the 19 games he was out with an unrelated left knee injury. You've got to defend, especially in the playoffs.
I love the player, and he is capable of carrying this team to a title, but there's not room for him on my DFS roster this evening. He sprained the MCL in his right knee slipping on a wet spot during Game 4 of the first round past year at Houston and missed the first three games against the Blazers in the Western Conference semifinals before coming off the bench in the fourth.
Durant got going fast. After missing a dunk but getting fouled, Durant pounded the basket stanchion with his right fist in frustration. Game 4 is set for Monday. The defensive ace had three blocks to go along with 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
"As I said when we started the series, we need to score", Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
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"Sometimes we get caught up in looking for him too much when he's not open because we feel he can do something spectacular above the rim", Stephen Curry said.
Head to head, the Warriors are 35-17 ATS in the last 52 meetings overall and 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Portland.
Also, in the Game 1, the Blazers Damian Lillard added 34 points on 12-26 shooting and CJ McCollum had 41 points on 16-28. He would go on to tie the Warriors' postseason record for most field goals made without a miss. Curry hit a three-pointer in his National Basketball Association record 59th consecutive playoff game, making his first 1:17 into the game.
Playing without Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes, who all missed the game due to injury, the Warriors knew it would take a strong defensive effort to pull off a victory, and they put that on full display in the third quarter.
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