Skip Bayless boldly states that Portland has ‘no hope’ in Game 2 vs. Warriors
The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to tie the Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors tonight, after getting blown out 116-94 in Game 1. However, NBA analyst Skip Bayless believes that they will end up going down 0-2 once the game is over.
Bayless, who has been impressed with the Warriors performance during the series opener, thinks that the Blazers don’t stand a chance in Game 2, especially if Steph Curry and Klay Thompson dominate on the offensive end once again.
“Portland has no hope tonight. Steph & Klay are having too much fun scoring too many points without Durant. … They don’t have to look over their shoulders & say, ‘Does Kevin want the ball? Is it his turn?’ They’re free of Kevin. It feels like the gold ol’ days.”
Curry had 36 points in Game 1 while Thompson finished with 26. They combined to hit 12 3-pointers against the Blazers, most of which were wide open shots.
Meanwhile, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were underwhelming in their conference finals debut. They had respectable numbers (19 and 17 points respectively), but it was clear that they were outmatched by Warriors’ starting guards.
As a team, the Warriors shot 50 percent from the floor as opposed to the Blazers’ 36 percent. If Portland wants to even things up tonight, they will have to find a way to shoot the ball better while also preventing the Splash Brothers from taking a ton of uncontested shots. If they’ll be able to do that, they might just walk away with the win.