Many thought that this could be the end for the Golden State Warriors' winning streak as they were coming into the game vulnerable and with a diminished team. It didn't happen in the regular season, where the Blazers went 0-4.
Portland's star backcourt combined for 75 points in a 121-109 loss Sunday, and the Blazers now are trying to find better ways to get others involved.
Obviously, not having starting center Jusuf Nurkic hurts in that regard, but no one else on Portland's roster looked capable of making an impact. He returned for the last three regular season games.
Golden State has ruled out Kevin Durant for tonight's game, after listing the star forward as questionable with a strained left calf on Tuesday. Maurice Harkless led the team in scoring with 15 points, Damian Lillard scored 12 points, CJ McCollum had 11 points while Shabazz Napier chipped in with 10 points but this game was a foregone conclusion after the third quarter where they scored just 12 points which was their lowest point total in any quarter this season.
Durant missed the game with a calf strain.
PRESSURE IS ON: An argument could be made it's actually on Golden State.
"That helps me out a lot, just focusing in on knowing what they like to do and what moves they like to do so I'm able to slide my feet", McCaw told reporters. "We were just not poised offensively and that put our defense in a bad position", coach Steve Kerr said.
"Our offense got scattered, we were rushing everything". While Lillard and McCollum got loose in the first half of Game 1, but the start of Game 2, the Warriors had tightened up their pick-and-roll switches and adjusted their spacing to drive both players into disfavored spots.
At halftime, TNT analyst Charles Barkley - commonly a Warriors pessimist - predicted a second-half shootout because "neither of these teams are good defensively".
The San Jose Mercury News' Anthony Slater says that although no official decision has been made yet, all signs point to Durant missing the game. "We've got to come back and be ready for the next one".
The two also combined for nine turnovers (Lillard with four, McCollum with five) in Game 2 after giving up seven in Game 1.
Portland (mainly Lillard and McCollum) played no less than stellar the first three quarters of Sunday's game. In the long term, it's better for him to take all the time he needs to get back on the court. Thompson's three 3-pointers gave him 200 in the postseason for his career, tying him with Scottie Pippen and Michael Finley for 14th with NBA's all-time list.