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

Posted April 19, 2017

Draymond Green was reminded not to skip leg day as his Golden State Warriors faced the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the first-round series on Sunday.

The hosts led 31-27 at the end of the first quarter but the 2 sides went to the locker room tied at 56 apiece at the break.

On Sunday evening, the Warriors took on the Trail Blazers in a No. 1 vs. McCollum had 41 points, eight rebounds, and one steal while Lillard contributed 34 points five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

"We've been in this situation before", said Curry, who declined an invitation last summer to play on the 2016 Olympic team so he could recover from his injuries.

"If he didn't practice, there's concern", Kerr acknowledged while Durant remained in the training room Tuesday with ailing teammates Matt Barnes and Kevon Looney.

"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.

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The silver lining is the National Basketball Association playoffs are intrinsically set up for rest with usually more than one off day in between games.

Missing Game 2 wouldn't be the worst thing for Durant or the team. When your two best players score 75 points together and you still lose the game, there isn't much left to be hopeful about.

"He told me I need to do more calf raises", Green quipped. "I just tried to go out there and be me". So, for all we know, questionable could be probable. Heck, even with Nurkic the odds are very long, but it'd be nice to see him in the series sometime soon.

It is why, in the end, it is okay for this team not to need the crowd for inspiration, but to spur the crowd to do what crowds do best - cheer a desired result with extraordinary components.

That was the plan all along, from the moment Green, Curry, Iguodala and Thompson started recruiting Durant, to when Kerr and owner Joe Lacob made the big-picture pitch, and it's absolutely still the working plan for now, for July, and for years after that.

When asked after the game about an athletic trainer checking him in the third quarter and whether anything was wrong, Durant said, "No, I'm cool".