SB Nation reported that the five-time National Basketball Association champion player and one-time National Basketball Association champion coach is "expected to miss more than just Game 3" of the Warriors first round series with the Portland Trail Blazers.
According to SF Gate, it is very likely that, with a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State might not want to bring Kevin Durant back until the Western Conference semifinals. Long after the Trail Blazers had left their court, many of Golden State's players celebrated on the floor at the Moda Center to the delight of a rather large contingent of yellow-clad fans who chanted "War-ri-ors!"
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Kerr said he will not coach the team during tonight's Game 4 and will be out indefinitely until his health status improves.
But make no mistake, if their first round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers is any indication, the Warriors are out to prove there's one thing they do have: a playoff gear.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Curry, who struggled with his shot for the majority of the series, continued the hot streak he began in the fourth quarter of Game 1. There's also the intangibles of the calmness and persona that Kerr brings to the intense environment that is the postseason, and while that will be hard to measure, the Warriors are losing a head coach that has both the regular season wins record and - when you count his playing career - multiple championships on his resume. "We were slow to react to it and we just couldn't get it going". You can tell he's kind of forcing his way to be around. We appreciated his composure.
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In the first of two stints with Cleveland, Brown led the Cavs to their first NBA Finals appearance in 2007. "Why he's been around this league for 30 years", Green said. Persistent headaches and pain resulted from the complications, forcing him to miss the first 43 games last season as he tried to rehab.
Lillard was asked after the Game 4 loss to Golden State whether the Warriors were the benchmark for what the Blazers aspire to be. The Warriors now await either the Los Angeles Clippers or Utah Jazz, whose series was tied at two games apiece.
Then, during Game 1, his left calf cramped up.
KEEP AN EYE ON: JaVale McGee. "When you can't sustain that mental focus for 48 minutes, five minutes and you're down 25 points". C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery), C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) and C Jusuf Nurkic (R leg fracture) are listed as out.
Despite the time missed in the regular season, Durant has been phenomenal all season.
Despite a 34 point and 6 rebound performance, Lillard couldn't get his team over the hump.
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"That was pretty spectacular", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards 111-101 to knot their Eastern Conference series at two games each. I'm not going to do that to our team or our staff. Millsap took the comment personally and it will be interesting to see how it affects his play.
The Warriors raced out of the gate to a 12-point lead in the early moments of the first quarter. Wall has played brilliantly in the series, averaging 31 points per game, but Schroder is also coming off a big game (27 points, nine assists).
Beverley confronted Scaramucci after the game and they had a heated exchange.
They just aren't as good this year.
PRESSURE IS ON: G Bradley Beal.
Durant finished with 10 points, making 4 of 7 field goal attempts including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc. So why not just let him rest. As a team, the Warriors made 17 three's and had a total of 41 blocks in the 4 game series. It was announced a few hours before Game 3 that he would stay back at the team hotel. Kyle Lowry added 16 points and 10 assists for the Raptors.
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INJURY UPDATE: None of note.