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Warriors vs. Blazers NBA Playoffs preview: Game 2 at the Roaracle

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The Warriors look to go 2-0 against the Trail Blazers at the Roaracle tonight. Can Damian Lillard and company make adjustments to put the brakes on an unstoppable Golden State?

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Preview: Warriors vs Trail Blazers
NBA Playoffs Second Round, Game 2:
Golden State Warriors lead the series 1-0 vs The Portland Trail Blazers
Last Game: GSW 118-106 (Sunday, May 1st, 2016)
Tip-off: 7:30pm PST
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
TV: TNT
Radio: KNBR 680
Blog Buddy: Blazer's Edge

Last time out

The Golden State Warriors began round two of the 2016 NBA Playoffs with a bang.

Klay Thompson led the way 37 points and Draymond Green recorded a powerful 23, 13 and 11 triple double during a 118-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. It was one helluva game for Golden State on Sunday.

The Warriors shot 47% from the field in Game 1 and out-rebounded Portland 55-40. They had an amazing first quarter, holding the Trail Blazers to 17 points.

Team overviews

Warriors Fun Facts:

Stephen Curry Injury Update:

The Trail Blazers need to put a stop on Klay's hot streak if they want to compete tonight. Had it not been for the Warriors hot start in the first quarter, this would have been a closer game.

Hopefully Damian Lillard's chest cold will have passed and we'll be able to see him at 100%. For them to compete, they'll need to shoot at a higher percentage and out rebound the Dubs to close out the game.

Key to the game: Play unselfish.

Our squad kept the ball moving Sunday with five players in double digits and just about everyone else putting in additional buckets. Let's keep that stride going and outplay Portland every step of the way. Key players will have high scoring nights but everyone can help keep the momentum going.

Highlights/Predictions:

  • All eyes on Klay. He set the party off right nailing 37 points (7 of which were 3's) to start off the series. He's stepped it up in a major way with Curry absent.
  • Draymond is a Triple Double Machine. 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists is what we got out of Dray on Sunday. This man is lighting up the stat sheet and helping out in every way imaginable. He's been a huge factor in the team's chemistry.
  • Andrew Bogut can't stop rebounding. Bogut's helping us in many ways under the basket and he's doing it on the rebounding end. Andrew recorded 12 rebounds against Portland alongside his teammates who had 55 total. Turning those rebounds into points will be key.
  • "Playoff" Barnes. This has been an ongoing discussion among fans. Though he's had some bright spots since the start of the start of the playoffs, there's been talk of Harrison stepping his game up to fill in the gap of Curry's absence. He's been a role player but an explosive Barnes may erupt as we speak... and that may happen tonight.

Win Prediction

Back to back wins at the Roaracle. Klay with another stellar night and the Dubs win it 114-100.

Going for win nunber 6 tonight!

Going for win nunber 6 tonight!

ICYMI: (Posts from GSoM)

Recap: Warriors hone identity without Stephen Curry, give Blazers no chance

Recap: Warriors vs Blazers Game 1 final score: Warriors lead the entire game, 118-106

Artwork: "Dubs on a Quest"

NBA Playoffs 2016: Klay Thompson sets record, Draymond gets triple double