NBA Notebook: Blazers head home for Game 3, down 2-0 to Golden State
Damian Lillard says Golden State did its job and protected home court. Now it's time for the Trail Blazers to do the same.
The Western Conference finals between the upstart Blazers and the defending champion Warriors shifts to Portland on Saturday with Golden State holding a 2-0 advantage.
The Blazers were up 15 points at the half and led by eight with 4½ minutes left before the Warriors rallied — boosted by Kevon Looney's dunk with less than a minute left, and a game-sealing steal from Andre Iguodala — for a 114-111 victory in Game 2 on Thursday night.
Golden State capped the game with a 14-3 run to avoid falling into a tie in the best-of-seven series.
"Lost the game, but you know, their job was to take care of their home floor, and we've got an opportunity to do the same thing," Lillard said.
Warriors remain optimistic Durant will return in postseason
Steve Kerr remains optimistic Kevin Durant will return from a right calf injury to play for Golden State at some point this postseason but isn't guessing when that might be.
"There's definitely some gray area with any injury but with a calf injury like that especially," Kerr said Friday before the team traveled to Portland for Game 3. "It's going to be how he responds to the treatment and how his body recovers over the next days and however long it takes."
NBA bans Pacers' Evans for violating league anti-drug policy
The NBA has banned Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans at least two years for violating the league's anti-drug policy.
The league announced that Evans had been dismissed and disqualified on Friday. He can apply for reinstatement in 2021.
A 10-year veteran who will be a free agent after the season, Evans averaged 10.2 points in 69 games after signing with the Pacers in July.
Evans sat out one game early in the season for violating team rules and issued an apology then for being late to practice. He also missed three games late in the year due to personal reasons and a respiratory infection.