How the Warriors recent success impacts Kevin Durant’s free agency

Kawakami Do the Warriors need Kevin Durant for this series? No — but they know they need him for the next one

Kawakami Do the Warriors need Kevin Durant for this series? No — but they know they need him for the next one

Durant has missed Golden State's past three games with a strained right calf he sustained during Golden State's Game 5 win over the Rockets last week. Yet there was more frosty content in his icy veins after the Golden State Warriors escaped with a 114-111 win in Game 2, when asked if he had a front row seat to the interactions between his backcourt teammate Stephen Curry and his brother Seth. "They're definitely not a better team, but they're harder to guard".

If Portland is going to have any shot at winning Game 2 on the road, the team's biggest stars will need to step up and start hitting their baskets.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers officially ruled Durant out of Game 3 and Game 4 of the series Thursday afternoon, too.

Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday night at Portland.

"Steph got free and had a big night", Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said, according to ESPN.

Then two of the top backcourts in the Western Conference went at it in an entertaining final two quarters. "So good defensive play".

Durant is averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the postseason after averaging 26, 6.4 and 5.9, respectively, during the regular season.

We'll never know if Golden State would have won those last two titles without No. 35.

- After Portland fails to regain the lead, Stephen Curry and Draymond execute the pick-and-roll to perfection.

"I think we played a awful game and we still had a chance going into the fourth quarter, so we need to tighten some things up and look forward to the game on Thursday", Portland guard CJ McCollum said, per AP. Green said in the locker room after Game 2 in which the Portland Trail Blazers were held to 38.5 percent. "We've got to reshift our focus and make some adjustments coming into Game 2". "(Warriors director of sports medicine and performance) Rick (Celebrini) and his staff are in there all day, and hopefully he'll be back at some point, but we'll just - you know, we'll just wait and see". This is our third game, three and a half games really, without him.

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