Every basketball fan is well aware that the Golden State Warriors are facing off against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. McCollum finished with 22 points, Seth Curry 16, and Maurice Harkless and Rodney Hood 12 apiece for Portland, which got blown out 116-94 in Game 1 on Tuesday.
After trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half Golden State closed the game on a 14-3 run to earn 114-111 win over Portland - it outscored the visitors 64-46 in the second half.
"He has made progress, but it's a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday night. Lillard, who ended the night with 23 points, failed to register a bucket in the final 7 minutes and 42 seconds of the game.
Much has been made of the matchup of Stephen and Seth Curry in the Western Conference finals.
What makes this scenario even more unusual is the fact that Golden State hasn't struggled a bit without Durant in the lineup.
Before Durant's injury, he averaged 34.2 points while shooting 51.3% from the floor and 41.6 from 3-point range through 11 games this postseason.
Andre Iguodala agreed with Green, saying: "We've gotta play really well, damn near perfect" without Durant.
As for Cousins, he's not ready for live action quite yet but has progressed to being able to do "on-court work" per the Warriors' statement (below).
The Blazers are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games playing on 1 day of rest, but 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss. Expect Curry and company to come out firing on all cylinders from the outset and score enough points to win and cover at home in Game 2. Just got to keep going, because we know we can erase eight points in a minute.
Carlos Ramirez of Telemundo asked Thompson how it felt to have that "front row seat" to the two brothers' antics throughout the game, but Thompson stopped him shy of calling him a mere spectator.