Golden State came into tonight’s Game 2 against the Portland Trail Blazers a little thin, as they were without key rotation guys in Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston, and Matt Barnes. Warriors coach Steve Kerr has always used the mantra “Strength In Numbers”, and tonight the team personified his common refrain as the Warriors won 110-81 to go up 2-0 in the series.
The Warriors held the Trail Blazers to just 33% shooting as a team, and they held the ever-explosive backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum to a combined 9-for-31 from the floor. No one for the Blazers could get into much of an offensive rhythm, as the Warriors’ defense was dominant all night. Word to Charles Barkley for saying no fewer than three times during the halftime break that the Warriors are not a good defensive team (they are the No. 2 rated defense in the league).
*deep breath* JAAAAAAVVVVAAALLLLLLLLLEEEEEEE MCCCCGGGEEEEEEEEE
The man most known for his past mistakes is continuing to prove to everyone that he is a real NBA player. JaVale had 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting, and he also added four rebounds and four blocks off the bench. One thing that JaVale has always had is his elite athleticism, displayed here:
Also this footwork down low was über-impressive for the big fella:
When Javale McGee making real life basketball moves, you know it’s wrap city smh pic.twitter.com/t2xRREGv7e— Harvey Specter™ (@theJay_Show) April 20, 2017
The Splash Bros both had off nights with their shooting, with Steph going 6-for-18 for 19 points and Klay going 6-for-17 for 16. Defensive stalwart Draymond Green had another strong showing with 6 points/12 rebounds/10 assists/3 blocks. Rookie Patrick McCaw started in place of Kevin Durant and had 9 points and 5 rebounds.
After the game, Steve Kerr was asked about the game plan for Kevin Durant going forward:
Kerr on whether being up 2-0 could factor into decision on when to bring back KD: “It could”— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) April 20, 2017
Look for the Warriors to be cautious with KD, as he missed tonight’s game with a calf strain.
For the Blazers to get blown out like this by a Warriors team without Kevin Durant, this has to be demoralizing. Game 3 is obviously going to be huge for Portland, and it’s safe to assume they will come out swinging with their backs against the wall. The series will resume on Saturday night in Portland at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.