By Ben Leonard
AP photo: Golden State’s Klay Thompson reacts after splashing down a three pointer towards the end of the first quarter on Sunday’s game
No Steph Curry? For now, it looks to be no problem for the Golden State Warriors, who rolled to a dominant 118-106 win Sunday over the Portland Trail Blazers to open the Western Conference semifinals.
Klay Thompson filled Curry’s scoring void for Golden State, dropping 37 points while shooting 7 of 14 from behind the arc, leading the team in both marks. Draymond Green also shouldered a large amount of the load with an outstanding all-around performance, picking up a triple double, scoring 23 points while pulling down 13 boards and dishing out 11 assists.
Ever since Curry departed with a knee injury on the last play of the second half in Game Four of the first round, Golden State hasn’t missed a beat, outscoring their opponents by a 297-225 margin.
Golden State jumped out to a hot start at home, taking a commanding 37-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, silencing doubters with a thunderous roar at Oracle Arena. After that, the Warriors coasted on for the rest of the game. In typical Golden State fashion, they never lost control of the game — the outcome wasn’t in doubt at any time.
Portland blew out the Warriors 137-105 in February at the Rose Garden to hand them just the fifth loss of their season, but the last three contests haven’t gone so well for the Blazers, dropping them by margins of 16, 25, and 16, respectively (all at Oracle Arena).
The two West Coast teams will duke it out again on Tuesday night at Oracle, before heading to Portland for Games Three and Four.