Another player or two is going to have to step up and help McCollum and Lillard shoulder the load offensively if they’re going to have any chance in this game.
Golden State has reached the NBA Finals in back to back seasons.
Win, and Wednesday’s home teams will be in control. Just two seasons ago they even won an NBA Title. By the time he realizes he’s too far away from his man, pressuring a non-shooter near the three-point arc, McGee is already in the air sizing up a wide open lob pass.
“One game”, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.
Draymond Green produced another all-around game with six points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and three blocked shots.
The Wizards have a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
While Durant is impatient to get on the court, he said he will get all the treatment and ice needed for his injury. Thompson went 6-of-17 for 16 points.
They clinched their spot in the playoffs weeks ahead of time.
INJURY UPDATE: Washington’s Ian Mahinmi (left calf) is out.
JaVale McGee, 29, came to play during game two of the NBA Playoffs, April 19! He did the job on the glass with 14 rebounds, but he can not be so outplayed by Marcin Gortat again if Atlanta is going to head home with a split.
Game three is Friday in Oklahoma City.
Gordon delivered another clutch basket with 1:48 remaining, drilling a 28-footer off a James Harden pass to extend the lead to eight.
Head to head, the Warriors are 35-17 ATS in the last 52 meetings overall and 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Portland. The Thunder have shown bounce-back ability all season, going 13-8 in games immediately following a double-digit loss. We picked up Matt Barnes and once we got settled, we played pretty well.
The Warriors delivered on their promise to contain Lillard and McCollum earlier in Game 2 than they did in Game 1. Obviously, those good Portland vibes did not last.
The only difference tonight, guys might play more minutes than they’re accustomed to, they may have to. The team shot 33.3 percent (30-for-90) from the field and 20.6 percent (7-for-34) from beyond the arc. The stakes are low for Portland, as they simply look to play spoiler to the top-seeded Warriors. Why mess with that plan?
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson jacked up some unbearable shots and JaVale McGee led the team in points through the deeper parts of the third quarter before a small Splash Brothers explosion. Their leading scorer, Kevin Durant, might as well grab a cold beverage, kick back and rest his injured calf while watching the series from the sidelines. The Blazers, particularly without center Jusuf Nurkic, can’t win if Lillard and McCollum are bottled up.
The Warriors also placed veteran backup Shaun Livingston on the injury report for Game 2, citing a sprained right index finger and bruised hand.
“You have to be careful”, Kerr said, adding that a final decision on Durant’s fitness for Wednesday would be taken after the morning shootaround. None of Portland’s forwards have been able to offset the production of Golden State’s vocal leader.
When Evan Turner drilled a 3-pointer to pull the Blazers to 43-42 with 3:38 left in the quarter, the Warriors closed the half on a 12-4 run to take a 55-46 lead into intermission.