Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors, 5/16/19 NBA Predictions

Damian Lillard: 'There Was a Lot of Contact' On Final 3-Point Try

Nevertheless, the Warriors haven't missed a beat winning the last three games that Durant has missed, and pretty handily aside from Thursday night's Game 2, one might add.

Despite the jaw-dropping stat that they're 28-1 in the past 29 games when Curry plays and Durant doesn't, they are doing their best to snuff out any perception that they can thrive without him.

But right down the line, from Kerr to the team's veterans, all have been measured in making sure they acknowledge Durant's greatness and value even as they play well without him. And so we're down eight points with, what, four minutes to go or whatever it was.

"I know it's a tough position for the referees to be in to make a call at that point in the game", Lillard said, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr insisted his team stole this game with a sensational final few minutes and another, familiar third-quarter outburst.

Record start for Koepka
Considering Koepka's record in the majors - three wins and a runner-up in his last seven majors - this felt shorter. Woods double-bogeyed his first hole Thursday and was at the same two-over 17 holes later.

Lillard had a 23-point, 10-assist double-double to lead the Trail Blazers, who lost despite outscoring Golden State 54-27 on 3-pointers.

The Golden State Warriors will continue through the Western Conference finals without Kevin Durant - at least for the foreseeable future. "So. good defensive play". Fortunately, Golden State is well-stocked to withstand his absence.

Stephen Curry erupted for 36 points in Game 1, leading the Warriors to a 116-94 victory.

His contributions were vital to a team that fought to come back and seal a win at home, putting the Blazers at a 2-0 deficit ahead of the road swing of this series.

Kevin Durant is not expected to play the next three games after tonight, wow, per @heydb. "So we've got to take that into Game 3". "He's done a great job of committing himself to that process ... and hopefully he'll be back at some point, but we'll just wait and see". The Warriors seem to be embracing being doubted without Durant and I think that is driving them a lot right now. "We're going to hold the fort down until he gets back and go win another championship with our full squad".

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