Warriors F Kevin Durant out for Game 2 against the Blazers

Warriors F Kevin Durant out for Game 2 against the Blazers

OAKLAND Steph Curry didn't shoot well. Kevin Durant wasn't on the court at all, nor Shaun Livingston.

"They know that's what our team is built on", Kerr said of the Golden State defence. They've been a top-five defense, efficiency-wise, for four straight years.

Portland's standout backcourt of Lillard and CJ McCollum, which combined for 75 points on 28-for-54 shooting in Sunday's series opener, struggled to connect on just 9-of-34 in the rematch. Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard was held to fewer than 25 points for the first time in his last eight playoff games.

"They got away with a lot", Damian Lillard said. Their bench is playing well and they have a guy in Andre Iguodala who can handle some of the load.

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He was hurt in the second half of the Warriors' Game 1 victory on Sunday. If Nurkic remains sidelined, McGee and Pachulia will continue to be viable offensive options for Golden State. It didn't matter that the Blazers' supporting cast was much better in the second game compared to the first.

Afterr the Barkley comment, the Warriors only performed better defensively. Aminu went 4-for-7 from the field for none points. Meanwhile the Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games. While center was supposed to be a weakness after this roster saw Andrew Bogut traded and lost Festus Ezeli to free agency, the Warriors' bigs have exceeded expectations this season. When Durant missed a quarter of the season with a strained MCL and bone bruise in his left leg, the Warriors started Matt Barnes and/or rookie Patrick McCaw at various instances. Then a couple minutes later, Klay Thompson - who played a terrific defensive game - slid over from the weak-side for the ultra-rare leap and block at the rim, meeting a Lillard dunk attempt with his palm and then a staredown after the swat.

"When you go through a month without (Durant), it's not just talk", said Curry, referencing the next-man-up axiom commonly used during this type of situation. "That was an incredible play".

"As I said when we started the series, we need to score", Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. He guarded Lillard and handled himself fine while staying aggressive on offense when needed. Curry whipped a pass over to Thompson and threw his fists in the air as Thompson's angle 3-pointer sailed to its target. Game 2 was a showcase beyond Draymond Green's normally excellent play as a substitute center (a high-energy 12-rebound, 10-assist game).

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McGee didn't miss a shot, going a flawless 7-for-7 from the floor, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds and four blocks in 13 minutes off the bench.

He missed 14 shots in the fourth, the most misses in any quarter in the last 20 National Basketball Association playoffs.

Against all other teams, Clark averaged 6.8 points per game on 49 percent shooting this season.

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