Reliable Golden State reserves maintain Warriors' high level

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

Golden State Warriors superstar point guard Stephen Curry posted a well-rounded Game 2 against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday evening, collecting 19 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block.

Durant isn't gone long - he could have played, but is sitting on the side of caution with a strained left calf.

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Now re-entering the game for the Warriors: Curry and Durant, all rested up for the final 6:35.

"It's a bummer, man, I hate being out". "It all starts obviously defensively".

The terrifying message for the rest of the National Basketball Association - apart from watching the Warriors' reserves pick apart a formidable foe - is how adaptive the Warriors were between games 1 and 2. "He's bummed out, he wants to play for sure, but he knows that we've got to do the wise thing, we've got to do the smart thing long-term".

Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed to reporters the forward was a doubt for Wednesday's Game 2 with the Trail Blazers.

Durant suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's 121-109 win but was able to continue playing.

Yes, Durant, Curry, Green, Thompson and Iguodala know how good they have it here - because they were a big part of dreaming this up in the first place.

"We were 15-5 without him", Klay Thompson said (via the AP), referring to the Warriors' record including the game when Durant got hurt.

"You got to be aggressive".

But until Sunday, neither team had seen its rival without its frontcourt star. Of course, Durant was out for more than a month during the regular season, only returning with three games left on the schedule. "I always think a lot of great teams really know how to turn up the screws in the third quarter and take a ten-point lead or nine-point lead and get it to 15 or whatever and make it a more hard game, and that's what they did".

Curry understands the frustration. It was the largest postseason margin of victory since Golden State beat Cleveland 110-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals last season. You don't want the next step. "There's no kind of sugarcoating that at all".

"No, he won't play", said Kerr. Because the plan was smart, multilayered, responsible, and. also, it is working, in case you missed the Warriors' 67-victory regular season and now their 1-0 lead over Portland in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Terry Stotts is a fine coach and the Blazers are a proud team.

Reinjuring his knee isn't the concern with the high-minute totals, it's if his knee is not 100 percent, how does the rest of his body compensate for that loss? "I'm close, but I'm not going to play the second game", Nurkic said. There's no question because I'd do everything for this. "KD going out forced some guys to take on some bigger roles and I think it's going to help us later in the year". If you're like me then you're always on the go. Because when he sat Westbrook for 2:21 at the end of the third the Rockets outscored the Thunder by nine and changed the complexion of the game.

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