Draymond Green

Champs Overcome Deficit, Take 2-0 Series Lead...

Los Angeles, CA — If you don't believe experience has anything to do with being successful towards championships, then think again. 

The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors showed why talent and skill are great to have, but it's more of a luxury in having players who have been in big moments that you can rely on. This is a huge reason they were able to take a 2-0 lead in the series. 

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They were able to to overcome a 15-pt halftime deficit (65-50) because Portland was able to knock down 10 3-pointers in the first half. Portland pushed that lead to 17 on the first basket to start the third, and was knocking on the door for a tie in the series. Even with that huge lead, the champs surged back to take the lead with just over two minutes remaining (77-75) before going into the final quarter tied at 89.

Then, the championship pedigree of the two-time defending champs showed up late in game.  

Trailing by eight (108-100), with four minutes remaining, most teams would panic in that position. They certainly did not. They went on a 10-0 run themselves taking a quick lead, and finished Game 2 on a 14-3 run to beat the Trailblazers 114-111.

"We've been here before," Green said, who had a double-double with 16 points and 10. "When you're on a run like we're currently in, you've seen everything. Down eight points with what, four minutes to go, or whatever it was, just got to keep going, because we know we can erase eight points."

"Draymond's been special all playoffs," Klay Thompson said. "...When he goes, we go. He was tremendous tonight." Thompson had 24 points (13 in the 3rd).

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Stephen Curry followed up his 36-pt performance in Game 1 with an 37-pt game in Game 2. He didn't shoot it well from 3-pt (4-14), but was 11-22 from the field. He scored the first eight points for the Warriors, which helped cut into Portland's lead, and he also had eight rebounds and eight assists.

Head coach Steve Kerr knows his team didn't play well, but is grateful for the win. He said his team didn't play with "an edge" in the first half. They found a way to get the victory despite being a -27 from three-point range.

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Portland coach Terry Stotts said his team "lost an opportunity" to tie the series after a better showing in Game 2. "We did play a much better game at both ends of the floor tonight. We've got to take that into Game 3," Stotts said. "It is a lost opportunity, no question. We had a chance to get one here on the road."

His All-Star Damian Lillard started the game slow by not scoring in the first quarter, but finished with 23 points. He also added 10 assists and had an opportunity to tie the game at the buzzer before being stripped by Warriors Andre Iguodala. 

CJ McCollum, who had 22 points, stated after the game: "They stole it, but they earned it down the stretch." When this Portland team returns home, McCollum knows the magnitude of not only showing up to play against the champs, but also what it means to the city of Portland. 

"We've got to bring that same energy at home," McCollum said, "…understand that this is the first time in 19 years we've been in the conference final."

Seth Curry, the brother of Steph, chipped in with 16 points off the bench. His brother acknowledged that younger brother Seth played well in Game 2. "This was like the coolest experience I think I've ever had playing against him. You talk about the stage, he was amazing tonight," Stephen Curry said. "For my parents, I know we've talked about it the whole series, these last two games it's probably nerve-wracking as heck for them. It worked out perfectly tonight. He played well and we won."

Next Game: Saturday 5/18.  

Warriors lead series 2-0.