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Warriors star likely to play Game 3 against Trail Blazers

Warriors star likely to play Game 3 against Trail Blazers

But the Warriors didn't need their injured all-world forward - Durant missed Game 2 with a minor calf strain - or the defining skill of their All-Star backcourt to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Blazers in Round 1.

The Golden State Warriors?have ruled out Kevin Durant?for Wednesday night's Game 2 against the Portland Trail Blazers, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.? "Coach Steve Kerr didn't want to risk Durant getting a worse injury than his strained calf muscle, so he sat the 6'9" star out during game two.

Stephen Curry put in 19 points to lead the Warriors in scoring, while Klay Thompson had 16, McGee 15, Ian Clark 13 and Zaza Pachulia 10.

The Warriors pulled away from the Blazers during the fourth quarter of Game 1 en route to a 121-109 victory and Durant played a vital role in the win.

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As a native of Oakland, it's always a familiar feeling for Damian Lillard every time the Trail Blazers end up at Oracle Arena to play the Golden State Warriors. It's no secret an aggressive Iguodala makes the Warriors' ceiling nearly limitless, and they were 19-3 in the regular season when he scored in double figures.

JaVale McGee said they miss not having Durant in the lineup but they also know how to adjust when he is not there.

Durant is obviously the biggest news, as Kerr said he missed practice Tuesday with a calf injury.

Even as this first-round series shifts to Portland this weekend, even as Blazers forward Maurice Harkless insists Game 3 represents the "must-win" phase, it is 96 minutes from its conclusion.

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The Blazers were without center Jusuf Nurkic, who is recovering from a right leg fracture.

Game 3 of the series will take place on Saturday. "I don't think I've seen that (from Thompson)". Then in a remake of the regular season, the Durant-less Warriors reached into their bag of championship tricks and pulled out the defense that made them wholly unstoppable in a 3-year run for the National Basketball Association history books.

The Warriors did their usual work on Sunday, shooting 43-of-81 from the field while making 11 3-pointers to get the win.

The Warriors are also facing fitness concerns over Shaun Livingston (finger) and Matt Barnes, who is on the mend from an ankle injury but could feature.

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From the Game 1, the Balzers Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are played well and scored 75 points as combined. In the third quarter, the Blazers went 6-of-23 shooting, turned it over seven more times and only scored 12 points, as the Warriors scored 28 and jumped up 83-58. The big men did an excellent job of blitzing pick-and-rolls so as to not allow any space for Lillard or McCollum to get their shots off. He finished with 15 points, five rebounds, four blocks and a steal, shooting a ideal 7-for-7 from the field and making his only free throw. Maligned for much of his career due to a lack of playing awareness, McGee was locked into this playoff game. "That's totally the expectation but you've got to be careful with this stuff, too. It's twinged", Kerr said. "We had some dry spots, but we won the game with our defense tonight". Watch the game 2 on TNT, CSN, and KGW by using the log-in and password information.


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