Playoff JaVale is officially a thing.
On Sunday, our James Herbert wrote about JaVale McGee’s contributions during the Warriors’ Game 1 win over the Trail Blazers, but as Herbert noted, “McGee didn’t win Golden State” the game. That honor belonged to Draymond Green.
On Wednesday, McGee won Golden State the game — along with the Warriors’ stifling defense, which limited the Blazers to 33.3 percent shooting.
In a 110-81 blowout, in which Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 12-of-35, McGee scored 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting. He blocked four shots and grabbed five boards. And he was on the court for only 13 minutes.
In the process, McGee tied a Warriors’ playoff record for the most made shots without a miss. He outscored Damian Lillard (12 points) and C.J. McCollum (11 points). Both Portland guards played 30 minutes.
The Blazers just couldn’t stop him. McGee immediately made an impact off the bench. In his first short stint during the opening quarter, McGee almost immediately threw down a lob.