By: Justin Rosquites, EBC Sports International, Florida Bureau
(Oakland,CA) – After a convincing win in recreation 1, the Golden State Warriors discovered themselves in rhythm and continued their stride to a dominating win over the Portland Trailblazers in recreation 2. Even with out their dominant scorer, Kevin Durant, who was out with a calf harm , they managed to generate manufacturing off of the bench. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson mixed 35 factors. Backup massive man, Javale McGee scored all 7 of his tried area targets , notching in 15 factors and four blocked photographs. Ian Clark scored 13 factors. Overall the Warriors had 44 % area objective taking pictures to Portland’s 33.three %.
“You want to try to promote ball movement when they get the play on their hands and the post and finish plays in the paint , it helps us out a huge amount”, Curry stated referring to the the bigs on the staff.
However, with a well-balanced attack , the soldiers got here up massive when it got here to their protection . Warriors Head Coach, Steve Kerr said,
“We put a lot of pressure on them and we stayed with it and set a good tone right away. […]Our defense was the key”.
He additionally credited each participant’s contribution to their success.
“We feel like we have a very deep team and we needed that tonight . We needed every guy and they came through”, Kerr stated.
On the opposite facet of the ball, the Blazers robust backcourt duo of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard mixed solely 23 factors and 9 for 34 area targets. Lillard said,
“I thought they played a more aggressive game at the end of the floor. So they got away with a lot. They were able to play really physical , and it went into their favor”.
The Warriors, with 11 blocked photographs, had their most blocks in a playoff recreation since 1994 towards Phoenix. Now, the Warriors will face the Blazers with a commanding 2-Zero lead in the sequence in Portland, the place the blazers hope to get a win in entrance of their dwelling crowd.