Warriors’ Steve Kerr says Game 2s always bring the scare
For Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Game 2s of any playoff series are scary.
Even without Kevin Durant, the Warriors beat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, 114-111, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on May 16. Golden State had to rally from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to eke out the close victory. The win propelled Kerr and Co. to an early 2-0 series lead.
“It’s a little more serious than we thought.” – Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant’s calf strain pic.twitter.com/xpFKDJuRLg
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Despite the win, Kerr told The Score’s John Chick Game 2 against Portland was the perfect example of human nature setting in.
Game 2s scare you. If Game 1 goes smoothly, Game 2 is terrifying because human nature sets in.
We didn’t find (the formula) until the third quarter.
Kerr also told Chick, “We stole that game.” The Warriors mentor thought the Blazers outplayed his team in Game 2.
Portland had a comfortable 69-53 lead with 9:11 remaining in the third quarter. However, Golden State unleashed a furious 13-0 run in exactly two minutes to pull within 69-66.
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Stephen Curry, who finished with a game-high 37 points, hit a triple and an 18-foot jumper. Klay Thompson converted on consecutive three-pointers before Draymond Green made a layup to conclude the 13-0 run. Thompson had 24 points while Green had 16 for the Warriors.
All-Star point guard Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 23 points. His backcourt partner, C.J. McCollum, had 22.
Kerr has gotten past the Game 2 which he normally dreads. The Blazers must now play with a sense of urgency if they want to extend the series. If they lose to the Warriors in Game 3 at the Moda Center, it would be hard for them to come back.