Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant


Golden State took the day off from practice Thursday following the 110-81 victory, then was scheduled to practice Friday morning before flying to Portland.

In the game-1 loss, CJ McCollum scored game-high 41 points while Damian Lillard posted 34 for the Blazers.

The backup big man made all seven of his field-goal attempts and delivered several more of his signature alley-oop dunks as Durant watched with a strained left calf he hurt in the playoff opener Sunday. McCaw eased into a 27-foot three-pointer that turned out to be the most important basket of the night for the Warriors. There's also an outside chance that Jusuf Nurkic will be available which would be a major boost for the Blazers who desperately need that interior scoring option. On April 19, McGee brought his A-game when he scored 15 points against the Portland Trail Blazers!

The Warriors will be without Kevin Durant on Wednesday night, though, as the star forward will be sidelined with a left calf strain which he suffered in the second half of Game 1.

After he missed 19 games with a left knee injury sustained February 28 at Washington then returning for the final three regular-season contests, the Warriors certainly aren't going to take any risks with KD.

PRESSURE IS ON: An argument could be made it's actually on Golden State. How many teams can say they'll be just fine without someone as talented as Durant playing?

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Golden State head coach, Steve Kerr needed the substitutes to step up in this game and that is exactly what they did.

"No, they can go for a combined 75 points, they're awesome players", Thompson said of McCollum and Lillard. In the first quarter, Klay Thompson led the Warriors with a quiet 8 points.

"That's my whole thing, I just try to be efficient out there", McGee said. "We know what we have to do", said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni of stopping Westbrook.

McCollum was incredible in Game 1, so this performance was especially jarring as he turned in a dud in Game 2. And when a team still dismissed (by some) as an offense-only force blows out a worthy opponent by 29 points despite Kevin Durant sitting and Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green shooting a combined 13-40, it's not just because they "wanted it more". Rumors of the star player skipping Game 2 had already been going around until it was finally confirmed on Wednesday. All of Napier's points came in the second half once the game was out of reach. He last played on Sunday and Game 3 isn't until Saturday.

Golden State also will play game two without Shaun Livingston (finger) and Matt Barnes (ankle).