-----The Golden State Warriors crushed the Portland Trail Blazers 110-81 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series.
Even without their best player on the floor, the Warriors proved to be too much for the Blazers in game two. Kevin Durant did not play on Wednesday night due to a strained calf, but that didn't stop the Warriors from dominating the Blazers on both ends of the floor.
JaVale McGee was a game-changer tonight finishing with 15 points and five rebounds on 7-for-7 shooting in just 13 minutes of work. His energy and effort in the paint made up for the loss of Durant and poor shooting nights from both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry finished the night with just 19 points on 6-for-18 shooting while Thompson scored 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting.
The Warriors used two big runs to take control of the game. After the Blazers built a quick 9-4 lead to start the game, Golden State exploded for a 20-2 run to build a 33-17 lead. They opened the second half with a 21-6 spurt to extend their lead to 76-52 which ended any threat of a Blazers comeback. Portland was held to just 12 points in the third quarter, the lowest total by a Golden State playoff opponent in the shot-clock era.
On a night when the Blazers needed offense, they couldn't find anyone to make a shot. The Blazers shot just 33.3% from the field including 7-of-34 from three-point range. To make matters worse, Portland committed 19 turnovers. After combining for 75 points in game one, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum both struggled to score. Lillard finished with 12 points on 5-for-17 shooting while CJ McCollum scored just 11 points hitting just 4-for-17 from the field. Maurice Harkless led the Blazers in scoring with 15 points, all of those coming in the first half.
Chad's Take- Game two was a clunker for the Trail Blazers. All they can do is burn the tape and move on to the next game. There is no shame in losing to the Warriors. They are the best team in the NBA with the most talented roster. The Blazers were not a playoff team before Jusuf Nurkic arrived and they definitely aren't with him out of the lineup. His return to the lineup would be a major shot-in-the-arm, but it won't change the outcome of the series. The Warriors are likely going to win the title. All we can hope is for the Blazers to go down swinging.