Instant Replay: Warriors clamp on down on defense, cruise past Blazers

Instant Replay: Warriors clamp on down on defense, cruise past Blazers

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OAKLAND -- Staggering and stumbling and at times appearing utterly disoriented, the Warriors summoned more than enough Wednesday night to drill the even wobblier Portland Trail Blazers.

With backup center JaVale McGee restoring order to the proceedings, the Warriors rolled to a 110-81 rout of Portland at Oracle Arena to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Stephen Curry put in 19 points to lead the Warriors in scoring, while Klay Thompson had 16, McGee 15, Ian Clark 13 and Zaza Pachulia 10.

Playing without Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes, the Warriors outrebounded the Blazers 54-47 and limited them to 33.3-percent shooting from the field, including 20.6 percent (7-of-34) beyond the arc.

The Warriors overcame 17 turnovers, off which the Blazers scored 20 points. Portland, however, had 19 giveaways, off which the Warriors scored 20 points.

Poor shooting by Curry (6-of-18) and Thompson (6-of-17) was more than offset by a forgettable night by Portland guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined for 75 points in Game 1 but on this night totaled 23 on 9-of-34 shooting.

All 11 available Warriors entered the game and got on the scoreboard.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

The Warriors received outstanding play from all their big men, but the key points of this game were decorated with McGee’s fingerprints.

McGee’s line: 15 points (7-of-7 shooting from the field, 1-of-1 from the line), five rebounds, four blocks and one steal. He played 13 minutes and finished plus-19.

TURNING POINT

After Portland trimmed a 16-point deficit to one in the second quarter, the Warriors put together runs closing the first half and opening the second to reassert themselves.

When Evan Turner drilled a 3-pointer to pull the Blazers to 43-42 with 3:38 left in the quarter, the Warriors closed the half on a 12-4 run to take a 55-46 lead into intermission.

The Warriors opened the second half with a 7-0 run, going up 62-46 on a Curry layup with 10:13 left in the third quarter. They held Portland to 12 points in the third, tied for the fewest in a playoff game by any Warriors opponent in the shot-clock era.

Portland got no closer than 14 over the final 22 minutes.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Matt Barnes (R ankle/foot sprain), F Kevin Durant (L calf strain) and G Shaun Livingston (R index finger sprain/hand contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out before tipoff. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) was listed as out.

Trail Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) and G CJ McCollum (R ankle sprain) were listed as probable and upgraded to available. C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery), C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) and C Jusuf Nurkic (R leg fracture) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The teams return to action Saturday night for Game 3 at Moda Center in Portland. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35.

Jordan Bell: 'I think Markelle Fultz would rather be...'

Jordan Bell: 'I think Markelle Fultz would rather be...'

Markelle Fultz was selected No. 1 overall.

Jordan Bell had to wait until the 38th pick to get drafted.

"I think I'm in the best spot," Bell said on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. "I think Markelle Fultz would rather be in my position than his (laughter)."

Apparently, joining the defending champions and getting the opportunity to play with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson is a pretty good situation to be in.

Bell revealed that he thought he was going to be taken somewhere in the 19-31 range.

As he continued to slide, he was extremely frustrated.

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But then he found out that the Warriors -- who paid the Bulls $3.5 million for Bell's rights -- were his new team.

And all was good in the world.

What are Bell's plans over the next couple of weeks and months?

"Been up here for awhile working out with the team, lifting, getting to know the players a little bit," Bell explained. "Definitely going to play in Summer League and then right after that, I'm going to try to find a place out here, move in right away so I can just get ready to help the team out as much as possible."

Ben Simmons -- the top pick in the 2016 draft -- made about $5.9 million as a rookie (he didn't play a single game).

Pat McCaw -- the 38th pick in the 2016 draft -- made about $543,000.

No word yet on Bell's contract details with the Warriors...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Durant very amused by rhetorical question on Twitter about Rockets

Durant very amused by rhetorical question on Twitter about Rockets

Kevin Durant continues to speak his mind on social media.

The user "PATisDOPE" (has over 233,000 followers) tweeted the following:

"How you gonna defend Harden and Paul, the West is looking great I hate Golden State."

Kevin Durant channeled his inner Steph Curry, and responded with 10 "crying-because-I'm-laughing-so-hard" emojis.

The reason for the original tweet is because the Clippers and Rockets agreed to a trade that will send Chris Paul to Houston.

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There's no doubt that the Rockets got better on Wednesday, but it's probably going to take a little time for Harden and Paul -- ball-dominant point guards -- to figure things out.

Ultimately, Houston's offense is going to be a handful.

And in case you were curious, "PATisDOPE" loves Durant but is not a fan of Draymond Green:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller