Of his 12 rebounds, 11 were on the defensive bounds. Now they might have to do so again on the playoff stage.
The Golden State Warriors have a ton of firepower on the offensive end as Steph, Klay and Durant combined for 76 points. Kerr said the injury is not expected to keep Durant out for an extended period of time, but he did miss practice on Tuesday and very well could miss Game 2.
"I have to know my role", McGee said.
"When they got it going, they're hitting tough shots in the first half, some you've just got to live with, we played great defense", Curry said. While they still had to fend of the San Antonio Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference, the final weeks of the regular season were basically a waiting game for Green and the Warriors to let the rest of the field fill out.
On a day Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum put on a dazzling display of shot-making for Portland, the NBA's top-seeded team of superstars found its touch down the stretch and defended with goal.
If there was one question mark about this Golden State Warriors team, it was how would Kevin Durant's return would affect a team that seemed to find its rhythm with him being out of the lineup.
More than anything, Nurkic commands respect out there on the court and with the Warriors often shifting to small ball, that would play right into the big man's hands. Both teams were evenly matched until the 4th quarter arrived.
"I think the league has softened up a lot, and it's not like that, so you've got to have a rough guy like him out there", Lillard said.
Thompson averaged just 17.8 points on 35.3 percent shooting against the Blazers during the regular season. Why? "At some point you have to make them miss". Portland head coach Terry Stotts said his team is going to have to step it up against a high-powered offense.
After the game, Lillard and McCollum were asked about the trash talk with Green, and both indicated that it was something they liked and were motivated by. I miss the dunk; he's telling me I need to do calf raises. It remains to be seen how Green will perform for the long haul in the playoffs with new teammate Kevin Durant joining the fold, but Sunday's historic performance likely leaves the Warriors and their fans optimistic. Backup guard Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain/hand bruise) and backup forward Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) are also questionable for Game 2, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.at Oracle Arena.