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Biggest Takeaways from Golden State Warriors' Early Postseason Showing

22 April 2017

With the news that Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes are questionable for Game 2 Wednesday, the Warriors are facing some tough questions going forward. Read about Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors live stream TV Channels, confirmed starting lineup and live score updates, results of today's NBA Playoffs. Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised his energy for the millionth time this season, and McGee credited Golden State assistant Ron Adams when asked about his improved defensive awareness, per ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss. It stands to reason that the team would play it cautious with the former MVP in this situation.

Curry had 19 points and Klay Thompson added 16 as the Warriors won easily despite scoring 11 fewer points than in their 121-109 win in the opening game of the series. After combining for 75 points in Game 1 and pushing Portland on the brink of an upset through three-quarters, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum scored just 23 points on 9-for-34 shooting.

The Warriors move to Portland for the next two games, and even if they don't have Durant for both of them, they should be favored to complete the sweep with the way the first two have gone.

Golden State struggled mightily when Durant went down at the end of February, but they quickly rebounded.

Sitting KD wasn't that surprising because the Warriors planned to be extra cautious with their superstar, who recently returned for the final three games of the regular season after being sidelined for 19 games with a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee and bruised tibia. It didn't matter that the Blazers' supporting cast was much better in the second game compared to the first.

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Meanwhile, nothing has changed in regards to the status of Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who missed the series opener due to a fractured right leg. Games 3 and 4 look like foregone conclusions as well. So we'll go without our guys and see how we can do.

The Warriors raced out to a 16 point lead after one period of play.

The team announced at its morning shootaround Wednesday that Durant - although he didn't participate in the session or practice Monday - remains questionable for the 10:30 p.m. ET game against the Trail Blazers.

The record-breaking guard became the first player in National Basketball Association history to record a 50-point triple-double in the playoffs.

When Evan Turner drilled a 3-pointer to pull the Blazers to 43-42 with 3:38 left in the quarter, the Warriors closed the half on a 12-4 run to take a 55-46 lead into intermission. McCollum had 27 first half points on Sunday, weaving to any spot he wanted and finishing with flair.

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The ankle caused Curry to miss two games.

"It's not worth it", Kerr said. Watch the game 2 on TNT, CSN, and KGW by using the log-in and password information. Here's our preview and prediction for tonight's game.

Kerr should continue to rest him unless he's 100 percent ready to play or if the Warriors lose Game 3.

McGee's line: 15 points (7-of-7 shooting from the field, 1-of-1 from the line), five rebounds, four blocks and one steal.

"So you can't get too emotional or too low about the kind of game we had tonight".

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Biggest Takeaways from Golden State Warriors' Early Postseason Showing