Portland's Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors' Durant questionable
Apr 20 2017
Also, backup guard Shaun Livingston (right finger sprain/hand contusion) and backup forward Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) will be sidelined Wednesday night, when the Blazers and Warriors meet at 7:30 at Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry (30) flings his wristband at fans after an National Basketball Association playoffs game between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trailblazers in Oakland, California, on Sunday, April 16, 2017.Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trailblazers 121-109.
But, the Warriors' Draymond Green proved once again why he may be the most valuable player on Golden State In a game that featured two-time MVP Steph Curry and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, Green was the one that shined the most.
He did not participate in a Tuesday practice and wasn't seen at the team's morning shootaround on Wednesday.
Though the Golden State Warriors are still heavy favorites to win this year's National Basketball Association championship, Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr knows better than to roll with the numbers.
All-Star power forward Kevin Durant, who strained his left calf in Game 1, has been ruled out and is considered day-to-day moving forward in the best-of-seven series.
He anchored a defensive-minded lineup to start the fourth quarter while Curry and Durant were on the bench. The balance of this matchup will nearly certainly tip back towards Thompson somewhat as the series goes on, but this performance was more than a little troubling for the Warriors. "Based on our Game 1, we need to pick it up on that end anyway, so it should be a good challenge".
"When you're out there playing for the last few games, there was no disrespect to anyone, but they just felt like pre-season games", said Green of the Warriors final regular season games.
When asked after the game about an athletic trainer checking him in the third quarter and whether anything was wrong, Durant said, "No, I'm cool".
We learned two things during Game 1 of the Warriors/Trail Blazers playoff series on Sunday afternoon. "There's no kind of sugarcoating that at all". Considering that the Blazers barely squeaked into the playoffs and that trade deadline acquisition and starting center Jusuf Nurkic was out with a foot injury, Lillard's forecast seemed inaccurate, to say the least.
"He played a game that I'm not sure anybody else in the league is capable of, honestly", Kerr said.
"I'm not 100 percent". There's no question because I'd do everything for this.
Yeah, he told me I need to do more calf raises. "And right now Game 2 I'm not ready".
"We won and I don't care if we won by 2 or 12", Thompson said.