Two-time Shaqtin’ A Fool MVP JaVale McGee grabbed the spotlight in Game 2 of the Western Conference playoffs matchup between the Golden State Warriors the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite only playing for 13 minutes, McGee finished with 15 points, five rebounds, four blocks, and one steal on an impressive 100 percent shooting from the field.
McGee’s Game 2 performance is his answer for his doubters and critics, especially for Shaquille O’Neal. Every season, the 29-year-old center has always been mentioned in O’Neal’s famous TV show, Shaqtin’ A Fool. When he joined the Warriors last summer, McGee expected a change.
Unfortunately, O’Neal continues to mock him despite showing improvement with his game. The Warriors decided to add JaVale McGee after losing centers Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli to make room for Kevin Durant. Golden State didn’t really intend to make him an official part of their rotation. However, his athleticism and dominance under the basket helped him earn a roster spot.
Warriors made the right decision to sign JaVale McGee
With Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston, and Matt Barnes out, JaVale McGee had the opportunity to earn more playing time in Game 2. Coach Steve Kerr praised McGee for his impressive performance on both ends of the floor.
“His energy’s great,” coach Steve Kerr said. “His length, his ability to catch that lob and be a presence around the rim. … Around the league, JaVale is as good as anybody going to catch that lob. Even if he doesn’t get it, he’s a threat, and you force the defense to react. Our guys made some good passes.”
In Game 2, McGee didn’t miss any shot and waste his teammates’ trust. He often receives good passes from Stephen Curry and Draymond Green in which he makes sure he converts into points.
“You can always count on him playing hard,” Curry said. “He can change the momentum of the game on both ends.”
Can Warriors sweep the Portland Trail Blazers?
The Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 despite not having Kevin Durant due to left calf strain. As expected, the “Splash Brothers”, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, stepped up for the Warriors, scoring 19 and 16 points, respectively. They also managed to limit the production of Portland’s backcourt duo.
Damian Lillard only had 12 points on 29.4 shooting from the field while C.J. McCollum posted 11 points on 23.5 shooting percentage. The series will shift to Moda Center in Game 3 and Game 4. If the Trail Blazers will not show any improvement, there is a higher possibility that the series will end in Game 4.
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