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Game Two Preview: Blazers Look to Even Series with Warriors

Stephen Curry will look to win another NBA Championship this spring with the Warriors Stephen Curry will look to win another NBA Championship this spring with the Warriors
Manuel Armenta | 20 Abril, 2017, 18:55

After a tightly contested battle for three quarters in Game One, Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors meet for Game Two of their best of seven First Round series Wednesday evening in Oakland. That keeps the 7-footer off the court and forces the Trail Blazers to play small-ball - right into the Warriors hands. Stephen Curry was locked into a four-year, $44 million contract before he became a back-to-back MVP. INJURY UPDATE: Portland's Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) says he will not play in Game 2.

"These dudes are battle tested", Evan Turner said, "and they go on runs and if you don't come out and do what you need to do and play damn near ideal versus them, they can make a lot of things happen".

Portland (mainly Lillard and McCollum) played no less than stellar the first three quarters of Sunday's game. That's when JaVale McGee stepped in and provided a major impact on the game.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported Wednesday, citing sources, that Durant missed the team shootaround due to a strained calf that he suffered during the Warriors' Game 1 victory.

Draymond Green had another fantastic all-around game, getting 12 rebounds, 10 assists, six points and three more blocked shots after swatting five in Sunday's win. Rookie Patrick McCaw earned his first playoff start in place of Durant and had nine points and five rebounds.

And while the Warriors' offense showcased its depth and potency, their defense was perhaps even more impressive. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum led the Blazers with a combined 75 points, highlighted by McCollum's playoff career-high 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting in the Game One loss. "But to get over that hump and beat them, we've got to make those plays and give guys more opportunities so we can have them as well on the offensive end". Another player or two is going to have to step up and help McCollum and Lillard shoulder the load offensively if they're going to have any chance in this game.

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.

At times this season as well, the younger "Splash Brother" has been in a groove like none other. I think right now, it's similar. "Our backs are against the wall and we've got to rally and try to figure out a way to come back and make it a series".