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Kevin Durant won't play for Warriors in Game 2 of playoffs

20 April 2017

Golden State Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston (finger, hand) is questionable for Game 2 against the Portland Trail Blazers after missing Wednesday morning's shootaround.

The star forward suffered a strained left calf in the second half of the Warriors' Game 1 victory on Sunday.

While the Warriors struggled initially with Durant sidelined, they also produced a 14-game winning streak and locked up the NBA's best record for a third straight year.

"We're pretty thin", Kerr said.

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The bad news for Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Portland is obvious: They're down 1-0 and on the road.

This only adds to the excitement ahead of Game 2 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena, as they Blazers' duo isn't afraid of the super team in Oakland. C Jusuf Nurkic (R leg fracture) is listed as out. Their matchup on Sunday wasn't a game you could turn off at halftime due to a Warriors blowout. "I'm close, but I'm not going to play the second game", Nurkic said.

Kevin Durant's left calf strain, which seemed inconsequential when it occurred in Game 1, will force him to miss court time.

Without him, the Warriors had their way in the paint.

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-They locked in most of their rotation - and Kerr has put together a ferocious defensive-minded unit to start the second and fourth quarters, led by Green, and that group absolutely took over this game. Curry noted they're all prepared, and was quick to mention that they just went through a month without Durant to end the season.

Same went for Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who thought his two-time defending Western Conference champions were jittery in the first half of Game 1 against Portland before settling down. "At some point you have to make them miss" Green said after the game.

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Green, David West and JaVale McGee made things challenging most of the afternoon for the Blazers. There's plenty of reason to believe the Warriors will be just fine if Durant has to sit a single game. That is nowhere near good enough - and McCollum and Lillard are likely not going to both play at that high of a level again.

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