Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant

Golden State took the day off from practice Thursday following the 110-81 victory, then was scheduled to practice Friday morning before flying to Portland.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Without Durant on the floor, Curry's usage goes up 4.0% and his per-36 pace shoots up by 5.08 DK points to 54.23.

Portland's star backcourt combined for 75 points in a 121-109 loss Sunday, and the Blazers now are trying to find better ways to get others involved. The Warriors now lead the Blazer 2-0 in round one of the NBA Playoffs. There's also an outside chance that Jusuf Nurkic will be available which would be a major boost for the Blazers who desperately need that interior scoring option. Kevin Durant put up 32 points and 10 rebounds, but suffered a calf strain in the win and is questionable for tonight's contest.

It wasn't that surprising because the Warriors planned to be extra cautious with their superstar, who recently returned for the final three games of the regular season after being sidelined for 19 games with a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee and bruised tibia. Anchored by a frenetic, switch-heavy defense, Golden State held off San Antonio for the top overall seed.

The Warriors could be without Durant again, but that shouldn't worry them given how easily they won in Game 2.

When all was said and done Golden State defended their ground, and won by nearly 30 points. In fact, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr went as far to say that he was concerned about the injury (more on that here).

If you're keeping score at home, that's 41 points for McCollum, 34 points for Lillard and 34 points for everyone else.

"I just try to be efficient out there", he said. In the first quarter, Klay Thompson led the Warriors with a quiet 8 points. "We've got to come back and be ready for the next one".

The Ron Adams defense solved this game by holding off a Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum-led offense just enough before their own stars regressed to the mean. I'm close, but I'm not going to play the second game. Kevin Durant (left calf), Matt Barnes (right ankle) and Shaun Livingston (right hand) are questionable.

While Durant watched from the bench, the Warriors rebounded from their first three-game skid since November 2013 with a 13-game winning streak. 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. "Obviously we've still got lots of good players".

Vanessa Coleman

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