They played extremely well during the stretch where Durant was injured, winning 13 games in a row at one point. Each time we've seen it, there has been Draymond Green - loud, intimidating, and strutting around the court like a madman unleashed.
"I think the league has softened up a lot, and it's not like that, so you've got to have a rough guy like him out there", Lillard said.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant nearly matched Portland's dynamic duo, netting in a combined total of 61 points, allowing them to pull away in the fourth quarter for the victory. It's fun. You hit a shot, he's talking to us.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum made brilliant playoff debuts, and it still wasn't enough for Portland in Game 1 against Golden State. As those two went off, there was constant chatter between the two Portland stars and Golden State's Draymond Green, who made some ridiculous defensive plays in the game.
With scoring like the Warriors had with their "Big Four" and for the score to be tied after three quarters, imagine what it will be like when, not if, the Warriors all get "hot" and on the same page during the NBA Playoffs.
"Draymond was wonderful", Kerr assured. "I definitely felt good out there".More news: Large Asteroid Makes 'Very Close Approach' April 19
Clark finished with 12 points for the Warriors, who have beaten the Trail Blazers in 11 of their last 12 meetings, including a 4-0 season-series sweep this year and their 4-1 triumph in the 2016 Western semifinals. Butler scored 10 straight points to put the Bulls back in front early in the fourth, the first of three lead changes in the fourth quarter. He had 27 of the points in the first half.
If you're keeping score at home, that's 41 points for McCollum, 34 points for Lillard and 34 points for everyone else. He scored 32 points on 20 shots, adding 10 rebounds, two assists and a block. Without Jusuf Nurkic in the lineup, we all prepared for the Blazers getting blown out in Oracle Arena.
Kevin Durant finished with a team-high 32 points in the Warriors' Game 1 playoff win over the Blazers, but Golden State might have to find its offense elsewhere when the two clubs meet again on Wednesday.
The Blazers were able to keep this game close mainly because of the play of their backcourt.
"It's going to take a team to beat them", Stotts said. So we knew we had to come out and get stops if we were ever going to pull away in that game. Curry joined Barry as the only Warriors with 100 steals in the playoffs.