Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Warriors edge past Trail Blazers in Game 2

Warriors edge past Trail Blazers in Game 2

Depending on the length of the Western Conference Finals, Durant could miss the entirety of that series against the Portland Trail Blazers, as the Warriors take a 2-0 series lead into Game 3 at the Moda Center on Saturday. He's a big guy, so conditioning is tougher for big guys than guards.

The Warriors will try to double their advantage in the best-of-seven series when they host game two on Thursday.

Golden State is now 32-4 in games Steph Curry has played that Kevin Durant has missed, going 29-1 in the last 30 of those games.

"You go out there with what you have", coach Steve Kerr said.

"We've been here before".

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are thriving, and the Warriors look like they used to before Durant arrived. He made a bounce pass through the paint to a cutting Andre Iguodala for a dunk with 3:06 left to make it 108-105, and then assisted on a layup by Kevon Looney the next possession.

He said the injury is painful at times when he gets winded and it's hard to breathe, and when there's contact with other players. "He grabbed my arm and I lost the ball a bit", Lillard said of the final play. There was a lot of contact. "So. good defensive play".

"Strength in numbers has been the motto for this team, and it's been proven over the last couple of years", reserve guard Quinn Cook said on Wednesday after contributing eight points and a pair of 3-pointers in the win.

"We've been here before", said Green, who had 16 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks in the win.

Green said: "We don't necessarily have to be flawless (when Durant's out)".

"This might be a stretch, but gives food for thought", Reddit user u/inkw3ll posted. However, Lillard and McCollum shot a combined 15-of-39 from the field, which isn't almost good enough against a team as risky as the Warriors. "But right now we're a very confident group".

The Trail Blazers' bench is outscoring the Warriors 23-12.

"You hate to lose a game, but I think we showed that we can compete with them", Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts assessed.

"We did play a much better game at both ends of the floor tonight".

In Game 2, we got a glimpse of just how special such a matchup can be.

The Trail Blazers had a final chance to tie the score trailing by three points with less than 11 seconds remaining.

Seth Curry countered that with his fourth 3-pointer, setting up the frantic finish.

"That's like 70 in a row", the younger Curry said. "He was awesome. It worked out perfectly tonight: He played well, and we won".

But the Warriors quickly rallied, getting 13 points from Thompson and 11 from Stephen Curry in a 37-15 flurry that turned a 17-point deficit into a five-point lead before the period's end. The Golden State Warriors have won four of their last six road games. Damian Lillard is averaging 27.4 points and 6.3 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 24.7 points and 5.4 rebounds.

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