The Golden State Warriors were able to secure a Game 1 victory in the NBA Western Conference Finals over the Portland Trail Blazers by a comfortable margin, but we have all seen what Rip City is capable of when critics count them out.
It's time to get ready for the second installment of Curry vs Curry tonight in the Bay.
How to Live Stream the Game
Tipoff will take place at 9 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The matchup will be aired on ESPN or can be live streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, as well as the NBA streams subreddit.
The absence of Kevin Durant clearly did not hold the Dubs back, as the Splash Brothers were firing on all cylinders. Klay Thompson totaled 26 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals Tuesday night, with a plus/minus of +16 while on the floor. Steph Curry was even more impressive. The Baby Faced Assassin notched 36 points, 6 boards, and 7 assists on over 50 percent shooting.
Steph Curry: 36 PTS— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 15, 2019
12-23 FG, 9-15 3PT
7 AST, 6 REB, 1 TO
Dame + CJ: 36 PTS
11-31 FG, 3-10 3 PT
7 AST, 7 REB, 10 TO
You also cannot discount the contributions of Draymond Green. Although he may not always be the most effective offensive player during the regular season, he always turns it on in the playoffs, which makes the Warriors even more difficult to beat on both ends.
Draymond Green is the fourth player in NBA history to record 100+ rebounds and 100+ assists in at least five straight postseasons. The others are Magic Johnson (1982-1988), Larry Bird (1984-1988), and Michael Jordan (1989-1993).— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) May 15, 2019
The only reason the Trail Blazers have made it this far to begin with is because of the stellar play from their star-studded backcourt. Both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum failed to reach the 20-point mark in Game 1, and if this trend continues, the franchise has virtually no hope of taking down Golden State.
Does Portland have what it takes to prevent themselves from a two-game hole? We'll see Thursday.