In a series that was intriguing from the get-go due to all of the incredible scorers on the floor at one time between both teams, the victories by the Warriors so far have been decided by players like Draymond Green and JaVale McGee.
The typically spot-on Splash Brothers weren't hitting consistently.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center, shoots between Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee, left, and forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 16, 2017.
A left calf strain forced Durant to miss Tuesday's practice, and it could force him to sit in the team's upcoming game. More importantly, he opened things up and got his teammates going - Oklahoma City had 10 more points in the paint than Houston, it had 12 second chance points, and it had seven blocked shots. But in Game 1, he took just one shot and scored two points.
The Warriors were led by Curry, who went 6-of-18 for 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum battled much like they did in game one, spearheading a majority of the offensive attempts.More news: Police warn of shooting in Paris; officer reportedly killed
Golden State saw contributions from their bench Wednesday night that the Blazers just simply could not match.
"We have confidence. We have had to play without KD for a lot of games earlier so we are used to it". (He acquitted himself nicely, by the way.) While few teams are better equipped to handle the absence of three wings in their rotation, the Dubs were, as coach Steve Kerr put it pregame, "pretty thin".
"I can tell you, I've seen these injuries before".
NEED TO KNOW: So much gets made about "adjustments" between games of a playoff series. The Blazers, particularly without center Jusuf Nurkic, can't win if Lillard and McCollum are bottled up. The 7-footer still isn't 100 percent from a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg that sidelined him for the final seven regular-season games.
McCollum, who shot 16 for 28 to score 41 in the 121-109 Game 1 loss, scored 11 points on 4-for-17 shooting.More news: #BREAKING 7 Man United Fans, Not 30 Died in Calabar Electrocution
"We were 15-5 without him", Klay Thompson said, referring to the Warriors' record including the game when Durant got hurt. "We didn't do that".
Terry Stotts is a fine coach and the Blazers are a proud team. So if Durant does miss Game 2, the Warriors will still be heavily favored to win.
Golden State used stellar defense and contributions from supporting players to grab a 2-0 series lead. Portland shot 7 for 34 on 3s and 30 for 90 overall. The Blazers have lost 11 out of the last 12 to the Warriors and 11 straight at Oracle Arena.
Golden State also will play game two without Shaun Livingston (finger) and Matt Barnes (ankle). Rookie Patrick McCaw earned his first playoff start in place of Durant and had nine points and five rebounds.
Maybe a year or two ago, Curry and Thompson would've taken the bait and maybe a year or two ago the Warriors would've needed them to.More news: Obama to Make First Public Speech Since Leaving Washington
WHAT'S NEXT: The teams return to action Saturday night for Game 3 at Moda Center in Portland.
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