Jusuf Nurkic Ruled Out For Game 1 vs. Warriors

He's out for at least the first two games of the series. The Warriors are going to need Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson healthy to win the National Basketball Association championship this season. "It was one of those weird bounces, we looked at in on replay like 10 times and we still don't know what happened". The Trail Blazers would love nothing more than to steal Game 1, while the Warriors would love nothing more than a blowout victory.

It won't be easy to do so however, as Golden State swept the four-game regular season series and did so by averaging more than120 points per game.

The clubs haven't met since January 29, which means the Warriors could very well be seeing a different-looking opponent. While we probably should be a tad disappointed that two teams of this caliber are meeting so early in the National Basketball Association playoffs, the flip side is one of the most fascinating set of first-round games in the Western Conference. Up first is the always tough Portland Trail Blazers.

Game 2 is Tuesday night at Staples Center.

All but eight of the Blazers' first-half points Sunday were secured by Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum.

If you take a look back at the Blazers vs. Clippers series from previous year, and even spilling over into the Warriors series, Aminu's shot was the x-factor towards a win and a loss. Lillard told ESPN this week that he believes his team can shock the world and "win the series". This series should be a great one and worth the hours spent soaking it in. "At the end of the day, the ball is what we have to stop".

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kawhi Leonard matched his postseason high with 32 points and San Antonio routed Memphis in Game 1.

Nurkic has missed seven games with a non-displaced right leg fracture. The last one was in 2012 when the Philadelphia 76ers, with a clutch performance by current Warrior Andre Iguodala, upset a injury-plagued Chicago Bulls team. It's why they're adamant they won't be taking Portland lightly. The Jazz didn't really have a play call here that they were planning on.

Wednesday, April 19: Portland at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.

"We're picking who we're going off, choosing between Jamal or Mbah a Moute", Ingles said.

The Warriors started off with two wins.

He took the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, so has solid playoff experience and will add his supreme scoring to the already strong Warriors offense. Warriors fans know this better than most having pulled it off 10 years ago against the Dallas Mavericks, but the team is certainly hoping history does not repeat itself here. The Blazers were just 40-42 against the spread, though.

With Tip-Off Sunday, and the Possibility of no Jusuf Nurkic, the Blazers will need to Rely on Production from Other Players besides C.J.

The Dubs are a huge favorite in this season, but the Trail Blazers are not just going to roll over and give up. I think they expected to have a huge advantage with Griffin in the post against the Jazz's smaller lineup, and they didn't. This team will be better next season than it is today as now constructed, and Neil Olshey has three first-round picks to play with come late June. "They're a very unsafe team". Portland made every game with Golden State competitive during round two of the 2016 playoffs, and the Warriors should expect nothing different this time around. Portland are not a normal.500-record-rocking eighth seed of a team, and this will not be a cakewalk. At home, the Warriors put up 118.8 per game while allowing just 102.9.