OAKLAND – The Portland Trail Blazers will look to even the series and steal homecourt advantage from the reigning champs, the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
There was a special guest in the building pregame and Twitter history was made! Golden State Warriors fan, Jennifer Williams, who is famously know as the “Im trying Jennifer” was in attendance. It was the first time CJ McCollum got to meet Jennifer.
You can watch the interview with Jennifer on “Facebrooke Live” with Trail Blazers sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam right here.
Before Game 2 tipped off Thursday night, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr addressed the media with injury updates and more.
Coach Kerr gave a lot of credit to the Blazers backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum saying, "They're one of the best backcourts in the league. You know, statistically and otherwise. They're a nightmare to have to cover. They complement each other well. They both score inside and out, at the mid-range, so they can beat you a lot of different ways. Obviously when you play against them, you've got to have everybody lined up defensively, all five guys have to be in tune and ready to defend because you can't rely on one guy to cover those two."
Kerr also gave a quick injury update on Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins. Durant is going to be evaluated later tonight.
“Cousins is coming along. He's doing some work on the floor. He's not exactly close to playing in a game, but he's making good strides with his rehab,” Kerr said.
Hear from Coach Kerr right here:
You should expect quite a few changes from Game 1 to Game 2 from the Trail Blazers.
“I think we saw a lot of things that we can do differently and better. Offensively, when you look at our -- when you look at our shooting percentage, our three-point shooting, our shooting in the paint, our turnovers, offensively there's a lot we can do better. And the good thing is that what they did defensively is the main thing that we haven't seen in previous series. So we'll clean that up defensively. You know, we've seen the pick-and-roll defense. I can get into the numbers and everything, but that was certainly part of it.
But like I said, fourth quarter we were down six and [Stephen] Curry had three points in the fourth quarter. We needed to be better in the fourth quarter with our off-ball stuff. It was encouraging that there are things we can do tonight or things that we can do better that we didn't do.”
Hear from coach Stotts right here: