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Durant shines in Warriors playoff debut in Game 1 win

18 April 2017

Game 1 is in the books. You come across the top and you get a swat on a guy. You try your best to keep your eye on guys and to keep them fresh, but honestly Steph was pretty fresh going into last season's postseason. "So I like it".

BULLS 106, CELTRICKS 102: Jimmy Butler had 30 points and nine rebounds and Chicago outlasted Boston in Game 1 on Sunday on an emotional night for grieving Celtics star Isaiah Thomas. The two combined for 48 points in the first half, the most they've ever scored together in a half. Green came weak side and showcased his flawless timing and sent the dunk attempt back where it came from. So, that's what they did.

When Evan Turner followed another McCollum hoop with two free throws, suddenly the Trail Blazers were back within 105-99 with still 5:16 to go. But a momentary lapse allowed the Blazers to draw even entering the fourth. Beating the full-strength Warriors is already a near-impossible task. Blink and you might not miss it. Then Al-Farouq Aminu missed from the corner. Their run was more methodical. He merely cleared Oracle Arena of all the tension built up through the first three quarters. Another time, when the teams were going their separate ways during a timeout, Green chirped at Harkless and Turner, which snowballed into a four-person jaw-fest that eventually included Durant. They were able to get big buckets when Golden State desperately needed them.

McCollum shot 11 of 15 in the first half then began the second 2 for 7 and finished his day 16 of 28 while Lillard shot 12 for 26. It worked in their favor. They had active hands, they rotated quickly and they were physical.

Green led the charge. Gone were the biting on pumpfakes but the blocked shots remained. He did something more incredible in the third quarter. Credit is due to the Warriors' defense, but a lot of this pain was self-inflicted.

Green met Portland center Noah Vonleh at the rim in transition for a block on what had the makings of a thunderous dunk in the third quarter.

Draymond was fantastic. He played a game that I'm not sure anybody else in the league is capable of, honestly. "Our players were fired up, and Draymond made a couple of just huge plays there".

Green and the Warriors didn't give Portland any good looks.

Green wasn't alone in blocking shots.

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"His all-around dominance in the fourth quarter helped the Warriors turn an 88-88 tie into a runaway victory".

McGee slams home lob from Iguodala, Klay finishes driving layup, Curry buries 3 pt jumper.

Stotts says, "Hopefully he'll be back at some point in the series". He's the one who iced the game on the offensive end with a couple key buckets in isolation.

Draymond Green nearly had the first 5×5 in in league playoff history (a 5×5 is when a player records 5 categories with at least 5 things in each category) however, he was two steals shy. He sparked the Warriors' fourth quarter win. Perhaps, for all of Lillard's confidence and for all of his and McCollum's brilliance, this speaks to the gap between the teams as nothing else does. "I think it's necessary". Kevin Durant is a former NBA MVP.

It's telling that Curry and Durant didn't appear in this story until the end.

Ian Clark also made the most of his 12 minutes on the court. They slowed down the guards of the Trailblazers and raced away with the steals and loose balls. "And to win that battle is just a different type of emotion".

Draymond was incredible. He made some tremendous defensive plays.

Durant averaged 29.3 points against Portland and Curry 27.3.

So, there are two ways you can look at Sunday's result in terms of how it matters moving forward. If they hope to steal one in Oracle, they'll need to maintain the things they did well and successfully make the adjustments listed above.