OAKLAND – Steph Curry was at it once more, basking in one more series-opening win at dwelling on the Warriors’ projected path to their fifth straight NBA Finals.

Sport 2 will likely be more durable, proper? The Portland Path Blazers will alter after their 22-point defeat? The Warriors gained’t be strutting right into a lure recreation, will they?

“We perceive what the drill is,” Curry responded after the 116-94 win that opened the Western Convention Finals.

The Warriors are 14-Four in Sport 2s since 2015. All however one have been at dwelling, and that outlier was a 2018 convention finals loss at Houston (127-105).

The opposite losses: 2015 second spherical to the Memphis Grizzlies (97-90), 2015 NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers (95-93, OT), and this yr’s first spherical to the Los Angeles Clippers (135-131).

OAKLAND, CA – Could 14: Followers cheer for the Golden State Warriors because the crew takes on the Portland Path Blazers within the first quarter of Sport 1 of the NBA Western Convention Finals at Oracle Enviornment in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Could 14, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Space Information Group) 

“We’ve been on this state of affairs loads of instances, and extra so than not, have dealt with our enterprise in Sport 2,” Curry stated. “Clearly towards the Clippers, we didn’t and needed to actually work.”

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Since 2015, the Warriors have opened all of their 19 playoff sequence at dwelling aside from that 2018 Western Finals in Houston. Their solely series-opening defeat got here within the 2016 Western Finals, to the Oklahoma Thunder (108-102).

Outlasting the Path Blazers didn’t come as a shock, nor did Curry’s game-high, 36-point outburst, his greatest since placing up 38 within the playoff opener towards the Clippers.

“It’s only a recreation at a time, man,” Curry stated. “Having been by way of so many of those sequence, we perceive what the drill is and they will make changes and doubtless play actually aggressive and assertive within the first half.

“Sport 2, we’ve got to be prepared for that punch and maintain taking part in exhausting.”

Right here is how the Warriors have opened their playoff sequence since 2015:

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2015

First spherical

Sport 1: Warriors 106, Pelicans 99

Sport 2: Warriors 97, Pelicans 87

Second spherical

Sport 1: Warriors 101, Grizzlies 86

Sport 2: Grizzlies 97, Warriors 90

Western Finals

Sport 1: Warriors 110, Rockets 106

Sport 2: Warriors 99, Rockets 98

NBA Finals

Sport 1: Warriors 108, Cavaliers 100 (OT)

Sport 2: Cavaliers 95, Warriors 93 (OT)

* * *

2016

First spherical

Sport 1: Warriors 104, Rockets 78

Sport 2: Warriors 115, Rockets 106

Second spherical

Sport 1: Warriors 118, Path Blazers 106

Sport 2: Warriors 110, Path Blazers 99

Western Finals

Sport 1: Thunder 108, Warriors 102

Sport 2: Warriors 118, Thunder 91

NBA Finals

Sport 1: Warriors 104, Cavaliers 89

Sport 2: Warriors 110, Cavaliers 77

* * *

2017

First spherical

Sport 1: Warriors 121, Path Blazers 109

Sport 2: Warriors 110, Path Blazers 81

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Second spherical

Sport 1: Warriors 106, Jazz 94

Sport 2: Warriors 115, Jazz 104

Western Finals

Sport 1: Warriors 113, Spurs 111

Sport 2: Warriors 132, Spurs 113

NBA Finals

Sport 1: Warriors 113, Cavaliers 91

Sport 2: Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113

* * *

2018

First spherical

Sport 1: Warriors 113, Spurs 92

Sport 2: Warriors 116, Spurs 101

Second spherical

Sport 1: Warriors 123, Pelicans 101

Sport 2: Warriors 121, Pelicans 116

Western Finals (away)

Sport 1: Warriors 119, Rockets 106

Sport 2: Rockets 127, Warriors 105

NBA Finals

Sport 1: Warriors 124, Cavaliers 114 (OT)

Sport 2: Warriors 122, Cavaliers 103

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