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.? The Blazers defended the Warriors' vaunted starting backcourt admirably in Game 1, but had no answer for Durant, who finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds, including eight points in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Warriors take on the McCollum and Lillard-led Trail Blazers tonight at 7:30 p.m.at Oracle Arena before the series shifts to Portland for Games 3 and 4.
This seemed to be an inevitability once reports surfaced on Tuesday that Durant suffered a strained calf in Golden State's Game 1 win over Portland over the weeekend.
Though Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are the top two players of the Warriors, don't sleep on Green either.
Despite the fact that Stephen Curry was cold shooting the ball from the beginning, the team managed to push themselves to a 16-point advantage after the first quarter.
Portland Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu, center, drives to the basket as Golden State Warriors' David West, left, and Andre Iguodala defend during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series W.
"You've got to give them credit, they got it going".
Leading the way for Portland was McCollum and Lillard, as the two scored 41 and 34 points respectively.
Draymond Green had another fantastic all-around game, getting 12 rebounds, 10 assists, six points and three more blocked shots after swatting five in Sunday's win. The Trail Blazers scored just 12 points in the third quarter and Curry went to work picking pockets. McCollum combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter. So we knew we had to come out and get stops if we were ever going to pull away in that game. Last December, Thompson scored 60 points against IN in only three quarters of play.
The Warriors hope to get forward Matt Barnes back from a sprained right ankle and foot Wednesday night for Game 2, while the Blazers were uncertain when Nurkic might be ready to return.
Meanwhile, the Blazers are still without centre Jusuf Nurkic, who sat out of Sunday's series opener with a fractured right leg. Today, he not only proved that he deserves the DPOY, but the Warriors will go as far as Green takes them. He averaged 5.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in the regular season. Portland, however, barely squeaked into the playoffs with a.500 record, and they'll be lucky to win a game this series.