Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, center, drives past Golden State Warriors' JaVale McGee (1) during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Oakland, Ca.
The Warriors pulled away from the Blazers during the fourth quarter of Game 1 en route to a 121-109 victory and Durant played a vital role in the win. The Warriors have officially deemed him out for Game 2 against the Blazers on Wednesday night.
In Washington, the Wizards beat Atlanta 114-107, thanks to a playoff career-high 32 points from John Wall.
Nurkic, traded to Portland on February 12 from the Denver Nuggets, missed the last seven games of the regular season as well as Game 1 against the Warriors with a non-displaced right leg fracture.More news: Aaron Hernandez may not be a convicted murderer for long
Durant missed 19 consecutive games between March 2 and April. 5 after injuring his left knee during the February 28 loss to the Washington Wizards. But Green tipped in a Curry miss and Durant produced three straight baskets to stretch Golden State's lead to 113-99 with 3:36 remaining. The Warriors won the last 13 games that Durant missed, and the forward's absence might not make much of a difference in Game 2.
Green was the primary defender on 20 Trail Blazers plays. We've played those guys last year in the series, but quite a bit over the last four or five years where you kind of know them, they know you.
The NBA Playoffs is living up to its name as multiple teams showed that every game is important. He clutched his leg a few times in the third quarter but he finished the game and had 32 points.
Leading the way for Portland was McCollum and Lillard, as the two scored 41 and 34 points respectively. "Obviously we still have a lot of good players".More news: China 'seriously concerned' over North Korea missile warnings
Meanwhile, Portland's three starting frontcourt players - Evan Turner, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh - combined for only 25 points on 9-for-25 shooting.
Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls stole Game 1 from the first-seeded Boston Celtics. In addition to Durant, Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (finger) and backup forward Matt Barnes (ankle sprain) are also listed as questionable for tomorrow's game.
The Portland Trail Blazers have a tough task ahead as they are going against the best team in the league right now. The Warriors definitely have proven they can win without Durant during the regular season, and in past seasons. Patrick Beverley added 21 points, ten rebounds, three assists and two steals.More news: Pence, on USA carrier, pledges to defend Asia
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