Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Portland's Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors' Durant questionable

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Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 06:01

Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless, left, and Al-Farouq Aminu sit on the bench during the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 16, 2017.

This is the reason why until further notice, Warriors forward Kevin Durant is listed as questionable, which means that there is a very strong likelihood that he will not play in Game 2 of the Warriors-Blazers first-round series Wednesday at Oracle Arena. By the NBA's count, the Blazers had 46 open shots in Game 1 and made only 19 of them.

Durant previously missed 19 games with a strained MCL and a bone bruise in his left leg.

McCollum is probable for Wednesday's Game 2 against Warriors due to a right ankle sprain, Casey Holdahl of reports.

On Sunday, after McCollum and Lillard's whirlwind 48 combined points in the first half - on their way to 75 combined in the game - the Warriors' All-Star backcourt took it in, took the long view, ramped up the defense, and chipped in their usual stuff in an eventual 121-109 victory.

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.

"I think they play the same style", he said. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

With the Warriors Kevin Durant out for Game 2 of the playoffs, one would expect the team's original MVP, Steph Curry, to step into the void and carry the scoring load against Portland.

"I heard the crowd", Green said. "I definitely felt good out there".

The danger with Golden State is that anyone is liable to erupt at any time.

Kerr said Durant is "bummed out" by the setback - coming just 10 days after his return from a right knee injury - but wants to do "the smart thing long-term". Getting back to it at this point in the season, we knew the offense was there.

Facing this red-hot and super deep Warriors team, the Trail Blazers will need to keep playing their best to avoid being totally blown away. "It all starts obviously defensively".

Curry understands the frustration.

Game 2 in the first-round series is Tuesday night in Boston. "Based on our Game 1, we need to pick it up on that end anyway, so it should be a good challenge".

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.