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[BKL] Apr 19, 2017

NBA Playoff Preview: Trail Blazers at Warriors

By SportsDirect Inc. staff

No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers at No. 1 Golden State Warriors (-13.5; 219.5)

Kevin Durant put up big numbers in his first playoff game as a member of the Golden State Warriors, but it is Draymond Green who continues to make the engine run. Green will try to dictate the energy again when the Warriors host the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series on Wednesday.

Green recorded 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks and three steals in a 121-109 Game 1 victory for the top-seeded Warriors, including stuffing a pair of dunk attempts in the fourth quarter as Golden State put the finishing touches on win. Green wasn't shy about letting Portland know he was around in Game 1 and talked trash throughout the contest.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS: Lillard, who before the series predicted Portland would win in six games, scored 34 points and CJ McCollum added 41 but the rest of the team combined for 34 points on 12-of-39 shooting in Game 1. Portland will again be without centre Jusuf Nurkic, who is out with a fractured leg and is considered questionable for the remainder of the series.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Durant sat out 19 games with a knee injury before easing his way back into the flow in the final three games of the regular season and did not appear rusty in his Golden State playoff debut. Durant poured in 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting and was able to pull down 10 rebounds. Durant averaged 29.3 points on 60 percent shooting in four regular-season meetings with the Trail Blazers.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Trail Blazers SG Allen Crabbe (foot) played in Game 1 after missing the final three games of the regular season and managed three points on 1-of-5 shooting.

2. Warriors SG Klay Thompson is 7-of-29 from 3-point range in his last four games.

3. McCollum's 41 points marked his second-highest total of the season after a 43-point effort against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 1.
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