“Obviously, Golden State is a different monster,” said Damian Lillard after the Blazers lost a 11 point lead in the 4th quarter of GM 2 against the Curry-less Warriors and ended up losing by 11.
You read that right, the Warriors, behind 27 from Klay Thompson and a Hakeem like stat line of 17/14/7/4 from Draymond Green, outscored the Blazers 34-12 and held Damian Lillard scoreless in the fourth quarter to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
“We were playing a great game,” Lillard said. “Nights like tonight, they suck. It hurts to go back in the locker room after you play so well for so long and you come back in their with an L.”
If losing 2 great opportunities against the defending champs wasn’t bad enough, Steph Curry might suit up for game 3; He’s far from 100% but his presence might be enough of a Willis Reed moment to inspire his team to take game 3 and if that happens, there’s no chance the Blazers win 4 in a row.
“It started with how focused we were in that fourth,” said Thompson, who had 20 2nd half points. “We’ve been down and out before. … We were just locked in on both sides of the ball. We can build on this game. That effort there in the fourth quarter is what it’s going to take to beat this team.”