The Warriors take on the McCollum and Lillard-led Trail Blazers tonight at 7:30 p.m.at Oracle Arena before the series shifts to Portland for Games 3 and 4. McCollum, just 1-for-3 on threes, had 11. Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard was held under 25 for the first time in his last eight playoff games. The Trail Blazers are missing Jusuf Nurkic. "I can tell you, I've seen these injuries before". Durant now is listed as questionable, but the Warriors might elect to hold him out in order to give him five full days off before Saturday's Game 3 in Portland, according to Stein.
While Durant watched from the bench, the Warriors rebounded from their first three-game skid since November 2013 with a 13-game winning streak. That's when JaVale McGee stepped in and provided a major impact on the game.
Up 1-0 in the best-of-seven matchup, the Warriors also prepared to go into their second of two consecutive series-opening home games without key reserve Shaun Livingston, who sprained his right index finger in Sunday's Game 1 win.
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Things have been much better on the offensive side of things in Columbus' last two matchups with Pittsburgh. Markus Nutivaara and Kyle Quincey will draw into the lineup, while ex-Penguin Scott Harrington is out.
Rookie Patrick McCaw started in Durant's place and was unfazed by the moment, playing sturdy perimeter defense and contributing nine points and five rebounds. From there, the Warriors stifled Portland on offense. It worked to perfection.
Portland's starting guards, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, combined for 75 points in Game 1 to keep Portland competitive most of the game. In Game 2, they couldn't muster a third of that production.
"Sometimes we get caught up in looking for him too much when he's not open because we feel he can do something spectacular above the rim", Stephen Curry said.
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Trail Blazers: The Blazers' third-quarter scoring output was their lowest in any period this season - and tied for the fewest in a quarter by a Warriors playoff opponent in the shot clock era. So we're going to air on the side of caution. No one's going to make up for what Kevin does individually.
So as Harkless sat in that mostly empty locker room afterward, faced with the very real chance he might not return to it again this season, he could only take solace in one thing: This is hardly the only time the Blazers have faced adversity this season.
"Look at the way our season went", he said.
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"I think they play the same style", he said. We learned that we've got to do this collectively.