Portland Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu, center, drives to the basket as Golden State Warriors' David West, left, and Andre Iguodala defend during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series W. Clark has been outstanding against the Blazers this year with an average of 13 points on 76 percent shooting during the regular season.
The power was out on Wednesday night for the Portland offense.
Their opponent, the Portland Trail Blazers, also played the game without their center, Jusuf Nurkic, who suffered a right leg fracture and is now recovering. On April 19, McGee brought his A-game when he scored 15 points against the Portland Trail Blazers! He had 32 points and 10 rebounds in a Game 1 victory Sunday - his playoff debut with the Warriors.
NOTES: The Warriors went 15-4 during SF Kevin Durant's 19-game absence during the regular season. If Nurkic remains sidelined, McGee and Pachulia will continue to be viable offensive options for Golden State. But is there anything to make you think they couldn't win both games without Durant?
"They know that's what our team is built on", Kerr said of the Golden State defence.
Steve Kerr, coach of the Warriors, acknowledged that Durant skipping practice on Tuesday isn't a good sign for the team.
"No, they can go for a combined 75 points, they're unbelievable players", Thompson said of McCollum and Lillard. "We've got to be ready, to be prepared, for their punch", Washington's Otto Porter said of bracing for a desperate Atlanta approach to Game 2. It was a pretty monstrous block and you know, it was fitting that he got a 3 on the other end because that's what Klay is all about. All of Napier's points came in the second half once the game was out of reach. Meanwhile the Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games. Draymond Green had 12 rebounds and 10 assists, but missed a triple-double because he only had six points. Rumors of the star player skipping Game 2 had already been going around until it was finally confirmed on Wednesday.
"As I said when we started the series, we need to score", Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
Golden State also will play game two without Shaun Livingston (finger) and Matt Barnes (ankle). In the long term, it's better for him to take all the time he needs to get back on the court.
Kerr labeled the injury not serious but noted that Durant would be re-examined before a decision on a possible return for Game 3 on Saturday in Portland would be made.