After a summer where they spent millions of dollars to try to catch up to their Western Conference counterpart, the Portland Trail Blazers were anxious to see how they stand up to the Golden State Warriors. Things did not turn out right. The Warriors dominated the Blazers on Tuesday, as reported by ESPN.
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Golden State Warriors starters
Against the Portland Trail Blazers, Stephen Curry decided to go into superstar mode. The 6-foot-3, 190 pound guard led the Warriors with 21 shots, which was good enough to produce 28 points. Curry took 10 of those shots from the outside, making half of them. The results would be a great game for most NBA stars, but for someone like Curry, it was considered pedestrian.
Kevin Durant played second fiddle for Golden State. He had 20 points, four steals, and a block. Durant struggled with his outside shot, but he still managed to make an impact on the game. The reduced burden is one of the reasons why he opted to walk away from the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Warriors.
Klay Thompson also struggled with his outside shot. The sharp shooting guard failed to make any of the seven shots that he took from the outside. However, Thompson was still able to contribute with 14 points.
When Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors, many believed that Draymond Green would be the one to sacrifice his numbers. Against the Portland Trail Blazers, that looked to be the case. Green only took three shots during the entire game. However, the versatile forward produced eight rebounds, nine assists, three steals, and two blocks.
Zaza Pachulia continues to be a nominal starter at the center position. His production against Portland was not quite noteworthy.
Golden State Warriors bench
Ian Clark ended up having a career game off the bench for the Warriors. He hit all eight shots that he took, including three from the outside. That was good enough for Clark to put up 22 points. The 6-foot-3 guard also hit all three free-throw attempts and provided three steals. Clark can cement his place in the rotation as a replacement for veteran guard LeAndro Barbosa, who left in free agency to sign with the Phoenix Suns.
Andre Iguodala produced 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists off the bench. The veteran guard also played very solid defense against the Portland Trail Blazers. For all the talk about his decline in the media, Iguodala looked very good in this game.
Portland Trail Blazers starters
Damian Lillard decided to be especially aggressive against the Golden State Warriors. He took 10 shots from the outside and managed to get to the free-throw line 13 times. That was enough to produce 31 points, which enabled the Blazers to try to compete.
Knowing that they were up against a potential offensive powerhouse like the Warriors, the supporting cast of the Portland Trail Blazers decided to step things up. CJ McCollum, Al Farouq Aminu, and Maurice Harkless tried to keep up. Only McCollum was able to come through, as the guard managed to chip in with 16 points. Aminu and Harkless struggled with their shots pretty badly, missing 15 shots, including all nine from beyond the three-point line.
Mason Plumlee quietly had a solid game for Portland. The 6-foot-11, 255 pound center had six points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
Portland Trail Blazers bench
Evan Turner and Jake Layman tried to provide a spark off the bench by combining for 31 points. That helped but not nearly enough to keep up with the Golden State Warriors. Layman has only played in one game thus far this season, but the 6-foot-9 forward provided floor spacing for the Trail Blazers by hitting five of his seven shots from the outside.
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