As their lead continued expanding, it became clear they would pack their bags for Portland undefeated in the series. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will have to recreate their Game 1 magic for Portland to get back in this series.
For a long Durant rest, for a romp through another West Coast team next round, and for a blemish-less postseason that would put this Golden State Warriors team in the record books as peerless as ever before. Kevin Durant (left calf), Matt Barnes (right ankle) and Shaun Livingston (right hand) are questionable.
The Warriors may be without star forward Kevin Durant, who is questionable to play with a strained calf muscle, but Golden State is still heavily favored.
"I'm not sure if he felt it at the end of the game or if he felt it after", Kerr said. The Warriors scored 121 points, Kevin Durant sizzled and Draymond Green was fantastic, but look for the Splash Brothers to shoot better Wednesday. Playing just 13 minutes, McGee accounted for 15 of the combined 50 bench points, and was 7/7 from the field.
Dwyane Wade had 22 points, including 16 in the second half, and Robin Lopez added 18 points and eight points.
"It's a series and points don't carry over", Lillard said.
It doesn't seem entirely likely that McCollum and Lillard will be this good again in Game 2; and it seems extremely probable that Curry and Thompson will be livelier and more productive in the next one and the one after that. "We've got to come back and be ready for the next one".
The AP Coach of the Year, Few was Tuesday's special guest at Warriors practice - coach Steve Kerr loves opening the doors to show others how Golden State goes about its business - and he and Curry had a little fun. They were second this season, giving up a reasonable 101.1 points per 100 possessions as offensive numbers across the league exploded.
The Golden State Warriors are hoping they take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night.
"It's about camaraderie, it's about getting better", said assistant coach Jarron Collins, who regularly studies film with McGee. Warriors scored 33 and the Blazers just scored 21 points. "Hopefully I can be out there with my teammates, grinding it out, trying to move forward and get a W in Game 3". Curry missed four more games with that injury - the finale of the Houston series and the first three games of the Portland series, including a Game 3 loss in Portland.
The Warriors did their usual work on Sunday, shooting 43-of-81 from the field while making 11 3-pointers to get the win. But is there anything to make you think they couldn't win both games without Durant? "We didn't do that". None of Portland's forwards have been able to offset the production of Golden State's vocal leader.
If the Warriors need some energy on offense?
The guy had a double-double in assists and rebounds before the third quarter was over. McGee did his thing with three alley-oops in the first and two on consecutive possessions late in the period. After the star guards combined to scorch the Warriors for 75 points in Game 1, they were unable to deliver an encore.
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