While the NBA world was transfixed on the draft lottery, the playoffs rolled on.
However, the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers kicked off with Game 1 from Oakland. Without Kevin Durant on the floor, the Warriors offense ran through star point guard Steph Curry.
The Warriors star didn’t disappoint, dropping 36 points after tying his playoff career high in three-pointers made (9). Curry’s game-high 36 points led the Warriors to their 116-94 win over the Trail Blazers.
After the game, Portland head coach Terry Stotts was asked about the team’s defensive approach when guarding Steph Curry.
Stotts was a little testy with his response, referring to Curry’s dominant second half against the Houston Rockets in Game 6: “I can’t remember — when he had 33 in the second half, were they trapping then? They were? And he scored 33 in the second half? OK, yeah, we’ll look at that.”
Here’s video of his response.
Terry Stotts was not having it with this question… pic.twitter.com/HVOS6tZc0t
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 15, 2019
Curry killed Portland coming off of picks in Game 1 and unless the Trail Blazers defend differently going forward, this series won’t last long.
Durant remains sidelined with a strained calf, but Curry and Thompson are capable of carrying the load.
Game 2 between Golden State and Portland is scheduled for Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.