Playoff JaVale: McGee leads Durant-less Warriors in Game 2 blowout over Blazers

OAKLAND, Calif. — Playoff JaVale is strictly a thing.

On Sunday, our James Herbert wrote about JaVale McGee’s contributions during a
Golden State Warriors
‘ Game 1 win over a
Portland Trail Blazers
, though as Herbert noted, “McGee didn’t win Golden State” a game. That respect belonged to
Draymond Green
.

On Wednesday, McGee won Golden State a diversion — along with a Warriors’ gloomy defense, that singular a Blazers to 33.3 percent shooting.

In a 110-81 blowout, in that
Stephen Curry
and
Klay Thompson
total to fire 12-of-35, McGee scored 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting. He blocked 4 shots and grabbed 5 boards. And he was on a justice for usually 13 minutes. 

In a process, McGee tied a Warriors’ playoff record for a many finished shots though a miss. He outscored
Damian Lillard
(12 points) and C.J. McCollum (11 points). Both Portland guards played 30 minutes.

The Blazers usually couldn’t stop him. McGee immediately finished an impact off a bench. In his initial brief army during a opening quarter, McGee roughly immediately threw down a lob.

Minutes later, McGee scored on another throw out of a timeout. 

Seconds later, McGee finished his third lob, this one from Curry. All of that transpired in 3 minutes. McGee checked out of a diversion shortly after.

After a game, Blazers manager Terry Stotts explained since a Warriors’ lobs are so formidable to defend. Spoiler: Curry and Thompson’s ability to make 3s is a poignant factor.

“It’s a plea since when we have a male like Steph or Klay entrance off, you’ve got to get adult and ensure them and not let a large get behind we if you’re going to dump on them,” Stotts said. “They do that really well.”

Those successful lobs are even some-more considerable deliberation everybody knows they’re coming.

“It’s kind of like a bail out,” Green said. “You get it in trouble, and he goes to a edge and goes to get it.”

But McGee’s impact went over throwing down lobs. His edge insurance was glorious and so was his ability to urge a collect and roll. And afterwards there was a time he chucked a round off Lillard’s face to give a Warriors possession. 

After a Blazers cut a Warriors’ lead from 16 points to one indicate in a second quarter, Steve Kerr went behind to McGee again.
Patrick McCaw
drilled a 3 to pull a lead behind to 4 and afterwards McGee took over. 

On a subsequent possession, he converted a three-point play. Then, he finished a put back. Then, he guided/tipped in a lob. He was everywhere. At halftime, McGee was a Warriors’ heading scorer with 13 points on 6-of-6 sharpened notwithstanding being on a justice for usually 8 minutes. 

He wasn’t a usually Warriors’ large to minister in a outrageous way.
Zaza Pachulia
,
David West
, and McGee total for 23 points on 11-of-12 sharpened in a initial half. The Blazers had no answer for them. As a result, they trailed by 9 points notwithstanding their good start to a second quarter.

The third quarter, in that a Warriors stretched their lead to 25 points, was reduction about McGee and some-more about a Warriors’ defense. The Warriors singular a Blazers to 12 points over a march of 12 minutes.

McGee still managed to implement an effective post pierce to make his seventh and final margin goal. He was speckled drifting all over a justice contesting 3s. With a diversion out of range, he didn’t play in a fourth. The Blazers pulled their starters with 10 mins remaining in a game.

And so, a Warriors — a group blank
Kevin Durant
,
Shaun Livingston
, and
Matt Barnes
— won a playoff diversion in 3 quarters. They’re now adult 2-0 in a series. 

It’s usually not fair. The Warriors’ debility was ostensible to be their bigs after they split ways with
Andrew Bogut
and
Festus Ezeli
this summer. Instead, their bigs led them to a 29-point playoff win. Collectively, McGee, Pachulia, and West scored 33 points on 15-of-20 shooting. 

If it wasn’t already clear, a Blazers desperately need
Jusuf Nurkic
to lapse for Game 3. The Warriors can win though Durant. The Blazers can’t win though Nurkic. They couldn’t do it in Game 1, when Lillard and McCollum total for 75 points. And they couldn’t do it in Game 2, when Curry and Thompson total for usually 35.

As Kerr remarkable after a game, a Blazers are forced to play smaller lineups though Nurkic. That’s an emanate for them when McGee is on a court.

The usually problem is that it’s already too late for a Blazers. Even with Nurkic on a floor, a Blazers expected won’t be means to kick a Warriors 4 times in 5 games. Barring a miracle, a Blazers are done.

So, let’s concentration on a bigger design for a second: With Playoff McGee now a thing, it’s not crazy to contemplate if he should be removing some-more mins than a 11.5 mins he’s averaged in a initial dual games. 

It’s not a crazy question, though a answer is clear: The Warriors should keep McGee’s mins right where they’re at. He shouldn’t succeed Pachulia as a starter. He shouldn’t be racking adult 20 or so mins a game. The whole reason McGee is means to inject appetite into a Warriors and play like a male hexed is since he exclusively sees a building in brief stints.

“With Steve, we know accurately how many mins I’m going to get and when I’m going in,” McGee pronounced Tuesday. “So, I’m prepared — there’s no pointless mins out there. It’s easy for me to usually say, ‘I’m going to use these 5 mins and empty myself until no return, since I’m entrance out during a second quarter.’”

The Warriors should keep it that way. McGee apparently isn’t a flawless player. Nobody is going to disagree that. If McGee were to see a justice in longer stretches, his flaws would expected be unprotected — generally when confronting aloft peculiarity players like Nurkic. By tying his minutes, a Warriors are means to maximize his appetite (just listen to a Oracle throng whenever he checks in) while also tying a chances he has to make vicious mistakes. 

That’s since he’s profitable to a super team.

“When he can electrify a throng with a outrageous retard and a alley-oop dunks and things like that, it’s usually a opposite energetic that we adore to have,” Curry said.

The Warriors and McGee have a ideal thing going right now. They shouldn’t disaster it adult by removing greedy. McGee wasn’t even ostensible to make a register behind in a autumn. Now he’s heading a best group on a world to playoff wins. 

Say it with me: Playoff JaVale is strictly a thing.

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