By the time the 12 minutes had elapsed, the Warriors had rendered Portland's offense anemic, squeezing it into 12 points over that span. Portland Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless, top, blocks a shot from Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Oakland, .
"You've got to be aggressive", Curry said. Game Four is set for Monday.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant will not play game two against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference first-round playoff series, head coach Steve Kerr confirmed. Durant went for 32 points in the game 1 victory on Sunday.
"For sure, obviously they were right there on the doorstep of doing something historical", Curry said, "and still had an historical season making it to the Final Four and the championship game". But the game wasn't in hand until late, and Portland won't go away quietly now. But we need KD. But after I thought about that, I reminded myself that it's a series and points don't carry over.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum made brilliant playoff debuts, and it still wasn't enough for Portland in Game 1 against Golden State.
The San Jose Mercury News' Anthony Slater says that although no official decision has been made yet, all signs point to Durant missing the game. However, the team was outscored 33-21 in the fourth quarter after tying it at 88.
One way to look at it: The Trail Blazers took their best shot, landed it early and directly on the Warriors' starry tandem. and the Warriors still won and never really seemed in deep jeopardy.
"That's my whole thing, I just try to be efficient out there", McGee said.
"It's not like it is going to be a surprise to anybody". "We've got to come back and be ready for the next one".
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Warriors are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -13.5 points against the Blazers.
Gordon delivered the decisive shot with 1:48 remaining, drilling a 28-footer off a Harden pass to extend the lead to eight and give Houston a 2-0 series lead.
Harden finished with 35 points and eight assists and was a ideal 18 for 18 from the free-throw line. The Blazers may be able to make adjustments of their own - particularly with Jusuf Nurkic likely back for Game 3 - but so far the Warriors have had answers for whatever adversity has been thrown their way. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 220 points.
Kerr hopes to have a healthy lineup for Game 3, though might choose to hold out Durant again given the series lead. Napier scored 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting. Atlanta committed 18 turnovers.
"Coming in the first two games we just wanted to take one", Lillard said.