The Golden State Warriors are looking to win game two at Oracle Arena in Oakland and improve their series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers to a commanding 2-0. Golden State Warriors star point guard and reigning MVP Stephen Curry has been ruled out of the game with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Curry has been saying that he hopes to make it back on the court for game three, although this seems unlikely.
I am praying that the coaches sit Curry for the rest of the series. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Golden State doesn’t need Curry until the Western Conference finals. Sit that man until I get a chance to fly out to California and donate my knees to him. Take my knees-take all of our knees! I’m also simultaneously praying that the basketball gods keep Curry healthy for the rest of the playoffs. In reality, the Warriors just need him for the Conference Finals. This Warriors team could probably beat the Cavs without Curry. They could probably beat the Thunder without him. But if Curry’s not suiting up against the Spurs, then the Warriors aren’t advancing.
I’m a big Damian Lillard fan, but this Portland team just isn’t talented enough to keep up with Golden State. Lillard put up decent numbers in game one, but he was also incredibly inefficient. (Think Kobe’s last game). I assume that Lillard and C.J. McCollum will play big throughout the series, but having Al-Farouq Aminu as a starting small forward will be the Blazers downfall. He is shooting around 30 percent from beyond the arc and every time he took a three in game one, every Golden State fan surely breathed a sigh of relief. That is the shot the Warriors want on every Portland possession.
Prediction: Warriors in a pretty easy win-let’s say by 9. Disclaimer: my predictions have been horribly wrong this post-season. I’ve predicted all the final score margins wrong, not to mention the fact that San Antonio completely let me down tonight. (I predicted they would mop the Thunder in game two, and for the rest of the series). But yeah, Warriors with a comfortable win. And they win the series in 5 without Curry, if Steve Kerr decides to take my advice and rest him this time around.