The Golden State Warriors sat out Kevin Durant for Wednesday night's Game 2 against the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
The team announced at its morning shootaround Wednesday that Durant - although he didn't participate in the session or practice Monday - remains questionable for the 10:30 p.m. ET game against the Trail Blazers.
Past experience - nearly a month's worth of it - of playing without Kevin Durant gave the Golden State Warriors confidence and helped them lock up the No. 1 seed as the 2016-17 regular season waned.
Durant was held out of the Tuesday workout.
Durant's status headed into the evening was officially listed as questionable, but coach Steve Kerr confirmed the news of the Warriors plan to rest Durant. He expects Durant to return sometime during the best-of-seven first-round series, if not Wednesday against the Trail Blazers. "I'm not 100 percent", Nurkic said.More news: North Korea's Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles Displayed at Military Parade
But for all of the success Thompson has seen in the past few years, he has rarely found himself on the other side of an offensive barrage from a single player.
After spending nearly three decades around the NBA, Kerr recognized that teams that have experienced a significant regular-season injury are better prepared for the unpredictability of the playoffs. They have an identity of how they want to play.
In the grand scheme of things, Kerr should be willing to jeopardize a game early in the playoffs to ensure Durant's health. Even Westbrook needs help, and Oladipo has to be much better in Game 2. But they went on a really good run when he was out and they got a lot of confidence playing that way.
Guard Shaun Livingston also is out with a sprained right index finger and bruised hand, while forward Matt Barnes is still working back from a sprained right ankle and foot. Lillard and McCollum played out of their minds in Game 1, but Golden State took their game to another level in the fourth quarter and Portland simply couldn't keep up. Washington, Houston and Golden State all think they'll be better in Game 2. Draymond Green, 27, led the Dubs to victory in that first clash and he'll look to do it again in Game 2 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.