Kevin Durant has been injured four three and a half games now, but the Golden State Warriors haven't missed a beat.
But the Warriors used their championship experience to tie the game and stifle the Trail Blazers' offense. The Warriors showed a tremendous offensive push in the second half that was all led by the impressive play of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry, who had 37 points along with eight assists and eight rebounds in the win. "Obviously, we have the star power".
Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted that his team, who are chasing a third straight National Basketball Association championship this season and a fourth in five seasons, had been fortunate to escape with the win.
For whatever reason this attributes to, It if potentially beneficial to the Knicks, showcasing the Warriors can win without Durant, much like their run from 2014-16, when the 2015 title-winning team and the 73-9 squad took the floor.
Kevin Durant has always been known for his, how should we say this, peculiar social media habits.
"When you have Kevin, he covers up so many things on both sides of the ball", Green added.
"I mean, I think that's been really obvious over the last couple of weeks, and I think it's important because, when he gets upset and emotional, it costs us", Kerr said.
Here are three takeaways from the Raptors' statement win.
The Warriors, having stole all the momentum in the third quarter, quickly pushed to an 11-point lead in the first seven minutes of the fourth. Just got to keep going, because we know we can erase eight points in a minute. "I'm sure it was disgusting to watch because I felt disgusting playing that way, and I just wanted to lock back in on the game".
Lillard isn't ready to ponder this might have been his final game at Oracle Arena, just a short walk from where he grew up in Oakland.
The Trail Blazers studied the film and saw everything that went wrong: 21 turnovers that led to 31 Warriors points, the breakdowns on pick-and-rolls that allowed Curry to go off for 36 points and nine 3-pointers, the defense against Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum that made it so hard to find an offensive flow.
"I don't think it's something that's affecting my game".
"They gave us a great punishing".
Portland's 15-point halftime lead was on the back of an all around effort from the team, but well and truly highlighted by their lights out shooting from beyond the arc.
However, Iguodala swiped the ball away with his right hand as Lillard went into his shooting motion, ensuring that Portland headed home down 2-0. They finished up at Denver on Sunday before flying straight to the Bay Area.
Green was much more than a triple-double Saturday night.
Green said he has mellowed, and credited his family - including 2-year-old Draymond Green Jr. - for his newfound awareness.
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