When the NBA season kicked off, almost every expert had Portland listed as a lottery team and struggling to win games. It’s now the second round of the playoffs, and the Blazers are taking on the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

After taking a beating in Game 1 in Oakland, the Blazers were confident pre-game that they would bounce back in Game 2, and they were scorching hot to start the game. Both C.J. McCollum and Al-Farouq Aminu found their stroke from long range, pushing the Portland lead out to 14 points in the first quarter as the Warriors struggled to get into anything that even resembled rhythm on the offensive end.

It was halfway through the first term when Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr opted for his second team to take the floor, however, getting things going on offense wasn’t the only problem for the Dubs. During the Houston series Golden State displayed a ferocious defensive intensity, which in turn sparked some great transition offense. That all seemed to go out the window on Tuesday, though, as the Blazers players took wide open jump shots and drove to the rim for easy finishes every trip down the floor.

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