Portland's Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors' Durant questionable

Portland's Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors' Durant questionable

Portland's Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors' Durant questionable

Kevin Durant is an injury concern for the Golden State Warriors ahead of Game 2 of their playoffs series with the Portland Trail Blazers due to a calf strain in his left leg.

Kevin Durant registered 32 points and 10 rebounds in his first playoff game as a Warriors while Stephen Curry added a quiet 29 points and four assists.

-They got Durant wholly into the flow after his three-game post-injury tuneup to close the regular season; when the Warriors needed a half-court basket on Sunday, it was usually a play designed for Durant, and it was usually Durant charging to the rim without many obstacles. In addition to Durant, the Wariors could also be playing without Shaun Livingston (finger) and Barnes (ankle sprain) who are also listed as questionable.

Lillard and McCollum played out of their minds in Game 1, but Golden State took their game to another level in the fourth quarter and Portland simply couldn't keep up. Durant received treatment Tuesday after the team took Monday off from formal workouts.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the Blazers, on the other hand, will continue to be without center Jusuf Nurkic, who is now recovering from a right leg fracture.

"I think to beat the Warriors, we're going to have to maybe make that extra pass more often and be able to depend on guys more often to allow them to have that type of success so we can actually beat them", Lillard said. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

The Warriors' first round matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers started with a brash proclamation from Blazers' star point guard Damian Lillard.

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On offense, the Warriors shot 9-of-12 (75 percent) off Green's passes in Game 1 for 20 points. "Obviously we've still got lots of good players".

"I'm not sure if he felt it at the end of the game or if he felt it after", Kerr said. "Definitely I want to play".

He anchored a defensive-minded lineup to start the fourth quarter while Curry and Durant were on the bench.

"He told me I need to do more calf raises", Green quipped. "Based on our Game 1, we need to pick it up on that end anyway, so it should be a good challenge".

The Wizards, like the other home teams in tonight's games, will be looking to go up 2-0 on a Hawks team that appears to lack the necessary punch.

Two of Green's five blocks came way of a "meet me at the rim" type manner, in which Draymond met his opponent at the apex of their jump for a ferocious denial that left Green as the last man standing.

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