Warriors' Kevin Durant Probably More Doubtful Than Questionable for Game 2

Kevin Durant Matt Barnes Shaun Livingston all out for Game 2 of the Blazers seriesMore

Kevin Durant Matt Barnes Shaun Livingston all out for Game 2 of the Blazers seriesMore

The Warriors led by 25 and the game was over. Patrick McCaw started in his place and shared time with JaVale McGee.

Kevin Durant was ruled out of Game 2 with a left calf strain. He had a rough shooting night but still managed a plus-32 in 31 minutes. "You just have to play with whatever you've got just like Portland is doing now without their starting center". So [if] the shot is available you kind of do it a different way.

Kanter played only 16 minutes in Game 1 and wasn't a factor when the game was close or when it got out of hand, which is rare for someone of his talent.

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Golden State is lauded for its brilliant offensive performances, but its defense has been a hallmark of the Warriors' rise. Coming off one of the greatest individual regular seasons in National Basketball Association history, Stephen Curry suffered multiple injuries in last year's postseason and missed six games.

The Warriors could be without Durant again, but that shouldn't worry them given how easily they won in Game 2. The Blazer guard had difficulty getting to his spots and creating space, missing his first five shots.

Information from ESPN's Chris Haynes was used in this report.

Ideally, Golden State would find the happy medium. Klay Thompson, witness in Game 1 to a Damian Lillard first-half scoring barrage, gave no country in Game 2 to Portland's star, or anyone for that matter.

There's no doubt that Steph will take a sip of his own Kool-Aid before looking for a statement victory, which is what this would be for Golden State. They withstood a 14-4 run by the Blazers at the start of the second quarter. Lillard was 5 for 17 and held to 12 points.

Afterr the Barkley comment, the Warriors only performed better defensively. Should injury continue to plague the Warriors later in the playoffs, this game should serve as an encouraging reminder of the many weapons Golden State has at its disposal.

Portland's standout backcourt of Lillard and CJ McCollum, which combined for 75 points on 28-for-54 shooting in Sunday's series opener, struggled to connect on just 9-of-34 in the rematch. Curry whipped a pass over to Thompson and threw his fists in the air as Thompson's angle 3-pointer sailed to its target.

McGee, who also provided a lift in Game 1, played the best 13 minutes of his professional life.

Portland had no answer for playoff McGee, who appears to be a different beast than that of the regular season. "And playing with athleticism and energy, he's still able to cover their smaller players and be a force around the rim offensively".

A playoff series that began as a story of two key injuries scripted a new chapter on the eve of Game 2 on Wednesday night.

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