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Warriors mulling holding Durant out

22 April 2017

"I just try to do what's necessary for me in the minutes that I'm out there, and I feel like I'm doing a good job of that".

In Game One of their first round matchup versus the Warriors, the Trail Blazers played the defending Western Conference champions about as closely as you can while still coming away with a loss.

With Durant, Livingston and Barnes all sitting for Game 2, the defense is certain to be compromised. Draymond Green had a 12-rebound, 10-assist double-double to go with six points, and Andre Iguodala grabbed 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 43.3 percent overall and 10-for-32 (29.0 percent) on 3-pointers.

So, the Finals MVP will go to either a Warrior or a Cavalier. "I thought in the third quarter we settled our offense down which helped our defense". Should they manage to sweep the series, the Warriors would get a chance to rest up ahead of a second-round series against either the Los Angeles Clippers or Utah Jazz.

Durant has a strained left calf.

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For the live radio commentary of NBA Playoff games, listen to Rip City Radio, 620 am channels. 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. While that happened, the Rockets went on a run that sealed the game.

Gordon delivered another clutch basket with 1:48 remaining, drilling a 28-footer off a James Harden pass to extend the lead to eight. Curry opened the second half scoring with a three-pointer to ignite an 11-2 Golden State burst to begin the third frame. "It's more about separating the superstars to the bench guys, the superstars to the others or starters to the bench, however you want to say it". Picked up Matt Barnes and once we got settled set played pretty well.

PRESSURE IS ON: Thunder guard Victor Oladipo was 1 for 12 from the floor in his playoff debut, 0 for 9 outside the paint.

Last night's game was a distinct illustration of the talent disparity between these two teams. It's tough to see Portland changing much.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Warriors are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -13.5 points against the Blazers.

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He missed 14 shots in the fourth, the most misses in any quarter in the last 20 National Basketball Association playoffs.

Portland got no closer than 14 over the final 22 minutes. Why mess with that plan? Draymond Green's consistent play boosts the Warriors' play to a new level.

A left calf strain forced Durant to miss Tuesday's practice, and it could force him to sit in the team's upcoming game. He is dealing with a right index finger sprain and a hand contusion after scoring just two points in 15 minutes in Game 1.

In a post game interview Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, "He played a game, that I'm not sure anybody else in the league is capable of".

PRESSURE IS ON: An argument could be made it's actually on Golden State. "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". But tonight we didn't really get it going much or consistently throughout the game.

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Warriors mulling holding Durant out