Warriors without Kevin Durant blast Trailblazers to up 2-0

Is it safe to this series is over yet? KD who?

Without Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston due to injuries the Golden State Warriors cruised to a   110-81 victory in game two.

The Warriors appeared to be the fun team to watch again as Stephen Curry was back to hitting 36-foot three-point shots. Klay Thompson’s prettiest jumper in the NBA and Draymond Green with the all around play looked all familiar, without KD. The the Warriors held the Blazers to 12 points in the third quarter (lowest this season) and held the Blazers to 81 points total. The Warriors had 11 blocks with two players getting more than one block. JaVale McGee lead the defensive showing with 4 blocks and 15 points in 13 minutes.

Only 11 healthy Warriors for game 2, but that didn’t really matter. The Warriors had five players in double digits. Without Durant, others would have to step up but then again three other All-Star such as Curry (19points) Thompson (16points) Green (9points, 12 rebounds, 10 assist) can contribute. Another strong showing in game two was Ian Clark who scored 13 pointsoff the bench. By inserting a guy like McCaw, a rookie, into the starting lineup shows how much head Coach Steve Kerr believes in McCaw’s abilities.  McCaw did not disappoint him by playing good defense and finished the game with nine points and a huge block late in the game. Look for McCaw to get more playing time especially if Durant is out another game.

Coach Terry Stotts sure enough should burn the game tape. The Blazers shot 20% from three on 34 attempts, and got destroyed in the paint allowing a jump shooting team to get 50 points in the paint, while also loosing the rebounding battle 54-66.

“The Mid-Majors Brothers”

Damien Lillard finished the game with 12 points missing all four of his three point attempts. CJ McCollum on the hand had 41 points in game one but in game two did not even reach 15 points finishing with 11 points 4-of-17 from the field and 1-of-3 from the three point line.

Moe Harkless (15 points 8rebounds), Evan Turner ( 5points 7 assist), and Al-Farouq Aminu (9 points 7 rebounds) displayed better contributions than in game one.. Turner lead the Blazers in assist and Harkless lead them in rebounds. All three of these guys played solid but the Mid-Major brothers did not. With Durant being out Harkless was able to play better on the offensive end instead of focusing defensively on the craft seven-foot in Durant.

The Blazers are awaiting word to see if Jusuf Nurkic can play. He can be an added boost to help defensively in the paint and create more of a challenge for McGee and Green to defend in the paint. The Blazers will have a chance with the next two games at home to tie up the series.

Game three is on Saturday in Portland. Tip-off at 10:30 EST on ESPN.

Billy Aristide
Baseline Times Staff Writer