OAKLAND, Sporting Alert – Golden State Warriors go in search of another win in their NBA Western Conference Playoffs semi-final series when they face the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
The Warriors, still without star guard Stephen Curry, put away the Trail Blazers, 118-106 in Game 1 of the series on Sunday evening, with Klay Thompson scoring 37 points, including knocking down 7 3-pointers, while Draymond Green added 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the win.
The defending champions will be looking for similar things at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night and the bookmakers have listed them as 10-point favourites against Portland, which will need to play much better in Game 2 if they are to survive going 2-0 down in the seven-game series.
With Curry still out with a knee injury he sustained during the first round series with the Houston Rockets, backup guard Shaun Livingston, who had 12 points, six assists and four rebounds in Game 1, will continue to be the starting point guard and play alongside Thompson in the backcourt.
Livingston is averaging 13 points and five assists and shooting 56.4-percent in this year’s postseason.
Thompson is averaging 25.7 points and shooting 46-percent in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Curry, although returning to light training won’t play on Tuesday night, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, but the reigning MVP is targeting a Game 3 return.
Portland will be looking to Damian Lillard to lead the way again in Game 2, but he will need his supporting cast to do a lot more.
Lillard had 30 points, five assists and four steals in Game 1 for the Blazers, with Allen Crabbe and Al-Farouq Aminu each contributing 15 points.
In the meantime, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts has revealed that he will be monitoring swingman Gerald Henderson in Game 2, following an incident between him and Golden State’s center Anderson Varejao, which resulted in both players being ejected from the game in the third quarter.
Stotts believes Varejao played a big part in starting the incident that led to the pair of double-technical fouls.
“Varejao made a dirty play,” Stotts noted. “It was a leg whip and I thought it was a dangerous play.
“I thought Gerald’s reaction to being tripped like that was appropriate, otherwise no one would’ve seen it.
“So, it was unfortunate that he got tossed on the second [set of double technical fouls], but you have to defend yourself, especially when somebody makes a dirty play.”
Game 2 total is sitting at 214.