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GSW superstars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green assess their Game 1 against Trail Blazers

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by Janiel Abby Toralba

After dominating Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday (Manila time) 116-94, the Golden State Warriors came out to show why they are the reigning champions of the league. Stephen Curry exploded a huge 36 points in the absence of Kevin Durant who suffered a strained calf injury.

According to ESPN Stats and Information Research, Curry’s 36-point output, seven assists, six rebounds and a steal is his 22nd time for having at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists in a postseason.

His performance in the Game 6 showdown against the Houston Rockets held a great impact for his explosive output in Wednesday’s game. Curry remarked, “It helped. I know what I’m capable of on the floor, and the situation calls for me to be a little bit more aggressive, and hopefully, that will continue.”

“Obviously, it’s nice to see the ball go in. I didn’t shoot the ball well for four and a half games in the last series and got on to a good start tonight. Want to maintain that. Every game is different. You have to reestablish yourself, and that’s my perspective, no matter how I play,” Curry explained.

Even GSW forward Draymond Green agreed with how the semifinals helped his teammate for the finals series. “I think it had a huge impact, just as a player, you want to keep that roll. You try to feed off that momentum from the last game and carry it over, and he came out from the gate aggressive.”

Green pointed out that the team needed a collective effort to win the game especially that KD is at the sidelines. He said, “Also, understanding that Kevin is out and (Curry) is going to be even more important in our offense, and he came out with that mindset and he got it rolling from the gate.”

On Friday (Manila time), the two teams will once again face each other for Game 2 in the best-of-seven finals series.