Durant sits as Warriors 'err on side of caution'

Posted April 20, 2017

Hours before tip off between the Portland Trailblazers and the Golden State Warriors, the most important question for Blazer fans was answered: will Jusuf Nurkić play in Game 1?

Nurkic, traded to Portland on February 12 from the Denver Nuggets, missed the last seven games of the regular season as well as Game 1 against the Warriors with a non-displaced right leg fracture.

NEED TO KNOW: John Wall (32 points, 14 assists) controlled Game 1 for Washington, and Markieff Morris (21 points, seven rebounds, four blocks) was outstanding. Durant received treatment Tuesday after the team took Monday off from formal workouts.Kerr didn't hear about the injury until after the 121-109 win.

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.

Game 2 of this best-7 series is Wednesday night at the Oracle Arena (Thursday AM in Manila). "It all starts obviously defensively". "Right now definitely I want to play". The good news is this first game wasn't a cakewalk for those bigshots in the bay area, so we can expect a fun matchup come Wednesday night when they play game #2.

Instead, the Warriors once more showed their remarkable balance despite also missing Shaun Livingston from Sunday's win.

When asked after the game about an athletic trainer checking him in the third quarter and whether anything was wrong, Durant said, "No, I'm cool".

Part of Durant sitting out for Game 2 is a strategic one for the Warriors.

Warriors: Thompson matched Hall of Famer Rick Barry for second place on the franchise list for postseason games played with 66.

If Durant is plagued by injuries in a series against the San Antonio Spurs or Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors could be in a lot of trouble.

But now Golden State might have to try to continue the run without Durant. McCollum were fantastic, combining for 75 points, but the Blazers got very little else and could not withstand the constant pressure the Warriors put on opponents.

"When they got it going, they're hitting tough shots in the first half, some you've just got to live with, we played great defense", Curry said.

Durant has a strained left calf.

Golden State struggled mightily when Durant went down at the end of February, but they quickly rebounded.

Looking back at this game, maybe the Warriors took the Trailblazers a little too lightly in their first game of the NBA Playoffs, but for the Warriors, like stated before, they are still the team to beat in the Western Conference until another team proves they can overtake them as champions of the West.