Warriors get a break after drama-filled opening series

Hazel Gray
April 25, 2017

April 22, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner (1) grimaces after falling to the floor against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center.

Kevin Durant injured his left calf during the third quarter of the Warriors' Game 1 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers but said that he's unsure how he got the injury, which then tightened up afterward.

The Warriors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games, 22-7 ATS in their last 29 Conference Quarterfinals games and 14-3-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall.

Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, who has a right index finger sprain and hand contusion, and swingman Matt Barnes, who has a sprained right ankle, also participated in Monday's shootaround.

The Oklahoma City Thunder trail the Houston Rockets 3-1 ahead of their game five at the Toyota Center on Tuesday. Kerr missed the first 43 games of last season after undergoing back surgery, and dealing with the complications that followed. The Warriors announced that associated head coach Mike Brown will lead the team in Kerr's absence.

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How terrified would you be as a Warriors fan with Mike Brown calling the shots? "And we didn't play almost as well as they needed to and they showed why they're a championship team".

"We have so much depth, it's kind of like a next-man up approach", Klay Thompson said. That was Portland's final stand, and I fully expect the Warriors to win convincingly tonight. Portland will use the energy of the home crowd to build an early lead, but Golden State will flip a switch in the second half - probably early fourth quarter - where they will finally take control of the game. They are tied at 2-2 in their first-round series. Golden State outscored Portland 33-21 in the third to cut their 13-point deficit down to one. Golden State finished second in defensive efficiency in 2017, allowing just 0.2 more points per 100 possessions than the Spurs.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Warriors are favored at Portland, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Blazers.

"This is not going to be a case where I'm coaching one night, not coaching the next". The 45 points set a franchise playoff record for most points in a first quarter and tied the National Basketball Association playoff record for points in a first quarter. Throughout the game, the UK-based sportsbook will be offering their popular live in-play bets to ensure that bettors have optimal chances to win some cash as the game is played. "But I'm not going to do that until I know I can help the team".

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