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Steve Kerr De Marcus Cousins Warriors

Steve Kerr De Marcus Cousins Warriors

The Golden State Warriors had no issues rolling over the Portland Trail Blazers in 116-94 win in Game 1 of their Western Conference Finals.

The Bucks or the Raptors await them in the finals, and that's only if the Warriors can get two more wins against the Trail Blazers.

While that doesn't mean they're better without him, playing without Durant is the reality the Warriors are facing for the time being.

Including the two upcoming ones in Portland, Durant will have missed five games since sustaining the injury.

Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 45 points for Portland in the losing effort.

Steph and his brother Seth are facing each other in the Western Conference finals and are the first brothers to square off in this round of the playoffs.

Or even this from Warriors head coach Steve Kerr: "He's been the best player in the National Basketball Association in the playoffs".

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The smiles, positive energy, and winning results tell us that much.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr sounded less than optimistic that Durant will be available in the near future. ESPN's Tim MacMahon wrote that Oakland may be losing Oracle Arena, the longtime home of the Warriors, but it "will always have Dame", while The Athletic's Marcus Thompson wrote how Lillard will be the last Oakland-bred star to play at the arena.

It was another huge performance from Curry, who has stepped into the void created by Kevin Durant's injury absence to deliver back-to-back 30-point games in the opening two games of the series. With Kevin Durant sidelined, Draymond Green stepped up again in Game 1 with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

"I think we played a awful game and we still had a chance going into the fourth quarter, so we need to tighten some things up and look forward to the game on Thursday", Portland guard CJ McCollum said, per AP. "We've got to reshift our focus and make some adjustments coming into Game 2".

The Trail Blazers will host Game 3 on at the Moda Center in Portland on Saturday. "We can't wait to have him back".

Lillard, who was scoreless for the game's first 20 minutes, finished the half with 10.

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