Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Durant optimistic of playing in Warriors' Game 3 at Portland

Durant optimistic of playing in Warriors' Game 3 at Portland

"It's twinged", Kerr said. They've been a top-five defense, efficiency-wise, for four straight years.

Meanwhile, Curry, who had shot just 2-for-9 in the first half, finally caught fire, nailing three 3-pointers while single-handedly outscoring the Trail Blazers 13-12.

Durant missed 19 consecutive games between March 2 and April 5 after injuring his left knee during the February 28 loss to the Washington Wizards.

In the fourth stanza, the Warriors increased their lead to more than 30 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. And the Rockets - even after beating Oklahoma City by 31 points in their series opener - didn't go overboard with the celebrating.

After game one, Millsap made a point of calling out what he considered overly aggressive play from the Wizards-"They were playing MMA", he said. Whether it was in the half-court, with the Warriors' help defenders swarming the ball, or on the break, with Thompson taking a turn delivering a game-defining block, the Warriors seemed to have a better sense of what the Blazers planned to do than the Blazers did. Golden State is 68-15 overall, 37-5 at home and 40-40-3 against the spread. The Blazers had 18 turnovers while only dishing out 17 assists.

Afterr the Barkley comment, the Warriors only performed better defensively.

In the game-1 loss, CJ McCollum scored game-high 41 points while Damian Lillard posted 34 for the Blazers. "We know how we execute what our bread and butter is at the other end of the floor and we've got to rely on that and not get into that one-on-one battle at all".

But the big story was the scoring at the center position for the Warriors. Patrick McCaw started in his place and shared time with JaVale McGee.

Lillard, who missed all four of his 3-point attempts, finished with 12 points.

Kerr should sit Durant, much to the chagrin of Adam Silver.

"I can tell you, I've seen these injuries before. That was an incredible play".

"That's my whole thing, I just try to be efficient out there", McGee said. Warriors lead 83-58 at end of 3Q. He guarded Lillard and handled himself fine while staying aggressive on offense when needed. They still have a core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson that defeated the Blazers last season. And, he was only on the court for 13 minutes.

He missed 14 shots in the fourth, the most misses in any quarter in the last 20 National Basketball Association playoffs. The visitors shot only 31 percent from the field for the game. "People want to talk about the shooting in the backcourt and all that stuff, but this has been a great defensive team for a while".

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