I think it’s safe to say that both Draymond Green and Klay Thompson would elevate to tier-1 superstar status if Stephen Curry weren’t stealing all of the spotlight. In their third-straight game without the reigning MVP, both Green and Thompson put on spectacular shows in Game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers, beating them 118-106.
Thompson waited no time and quickly poured in 18 points in the opening period as Golden State dismantled Portland’s defense and outscored them 37-17. Green and Shaun Livingston did wonders orchestrating the offense and combined for seven of the Warriors’ ten assists in the quarter. As for the Blazers, to say they struggled would be an understatement. One of the league’s most lethal offenses shot just 5/21 (24%) from the field, and Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum made just one field goal in eight combined attempts.
In the second, Portland got into a flow on offense and got superb contributions from Ed Davis and Allen Crabbe off the bench. The two combined for 12 points on 6/8 shooting and Davis was excellent on the glass and collected four boards. Thompson fell out of his rhythm and had just four points on 2/6 shooting; Green’s aggressiveness sent him to the foul line six times, where he sunk all six and finished with eight points, five rebounds, and three assists in the period. Portland outscored the Warriors 34-28 but still trailed 65-51 at the half.
Out of the break, Thompson heated up again and finished the third quarter with 11 of Golden State’s 28 points. In the words of Walt Frazier, Draymond Green was “dishin’ and swishin'” as he finished with eight points and three assists. The Blazers went back to being ice cold on offense and shot 33% from the field with just four points combined from Lillard and McCollum.
In typical fashion, Lillard was able to awaken from his offensive slumber and put together a tremendous fourth quarter performance — the only problem was that Golden State stretched their lead out far enough to avoid a scare. On 5/9 shooting, Dame had 18 of Portland’s 33 points as the Blazers outscored the Warriors 33-25. Thompson and Green were both ineffective, having just seven points between them on 2/8 shooting.
Draymond Green put together a monster stat line of 23 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks, and two steals while Klay Thompson finished 14/28 from the field, 7/14 from downtown, and with a game-high 37 points.
Damian Lillard was able to go for 30 points but shot very poorly and finished 8/26 overall. McCollum didn’t have a strong outing, either, and only tallied 12 points in the loss. Allen Crabbe, however, had a very efficient performance and contributed 15 points off the bench on 6/9 shooting.
Game 2 is set for Tuesday, May 3, at 10:30 PM EST in Oakland. If Warrior fans wanted even better news, Curry is optimistic about his chances to play in Game 3.