As Game 2 of the Golden State Warriors' first-round series with the Portland Trail Blazers nears (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT), the status of star forward Kevin Durant remains questionable. In addition to Durant, the Wariors could also be playing without Shaun Livingston (finger) and Barnes (ankle sprain) who are also listed as questionable.
The second day of NBA Playoffs began with an exciting matchup between the number 1 seed Golden State Warriors against the offensive juggernaut, Portland Trail Blazers.
Durant shot 12 for 20, showing no issues with a recent left knee injury that sidelined him 19 games before he returned for the final three regular-season contests with the NBA-best Warriors.
But Golden State had the game's two most productive frontcourt players, with Draymond Green complementing Durant with a brilliant all-around performance that featured 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocked shots and three steals. He didn't practice Tuesday and wasn't seen at the team's morning shootaround Wednesday.
But the Warriors' defensive approach changed, and in the end, Golden State cruised in the fourth quarter to a 121-109 victory, holding Portland to 29 percent shooting in the final period.
Game 2 is Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. "It all starts obviously defensively".
There's no way that Curry lets both Lillard and McCollum stake their claim as being better guards than him in the series going forward. "Based on our Game 1, we need to pick it up on that end anyway, so it should be a good challenge".More news: Tillerson Faults Iran Nuclear Accord as U.S. Plans New Review
Through all the chatter that may occur in this series, Lillard said he respects and appreciates what Green brings to the game.
"Anybody who's going through that, you feel bad because everybody wants to play, especially this time of year when it matters the most", Curry said.
Nurkic, traded to Portland on February 12 from the Denver Nuggets, missed the last seven games of the regular season as well as Game 1 against the Warriors with a non-displaced right leg fracture.
"I wouldn't call it demoralizing", Portland coach Terry Stotts said.
"He played a game that I'm not sure anybody else in the league is capable of, honestly", Kerr said. This is where the absence of Jusuf Nurkic really hurts the Blazers, as he could take advantage of mismatches if help from bigger players leaves him to attack the guards. There's no question because I'd do everything for this. Winning Game 2, but losing Durant for an extended period is not worth it.
"He told me I need to do more calf raises", Green quipped.