Warriors without Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr for Game 3; Jusuf Nurkic returns
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 17:35
The reigning NBA Coach of the Year missed the morning shootaround, and the team announced about three hours before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers that Kerr would not be on the sidelines.
If the Trail Blazers are to get back in the series, they'll likely need quality shot making not just from their star-studded backcourt, but from members of their supporting cast as well.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates with guard Shaun Livingston against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on April 16, 2017. Curry said it was because he wanted to give the game ball to Kerr.
Kevin Durant looked great in his first playoff game as a Warrior. The total points line has been set at 217, going down from the first two games, but not as much considering that the Warriors are missing their second best scorer.
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum were the highest scoring backcourt in the Western Conference in the regular season, and their play through the first two games of the series had a significant impact on the competitiveness of those contests. Overall, he averaged 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 11 playoff games a year ago.
Durant had 32 points and 11 rebounds in the Warriors' 121-109 Game 1 win over the Blazers, but without Durant in Game 2 the Warriors defeated Portland, 110-81. In 20 games with the Blazers this season, Nurkic averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. "So hopefully I see how I feel these next couple days", said the player.
If Kevin Durant is able to play, that's one more reason to believe that Portland is toast. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic would start but his minutes would be restricted.
"I'm not ready to say he's 100 percent, so as long he's not 100 percent, we've got to be cautious and make the right decision", Kerr said ahead of his team's flight to Portland. We felt like the way the game had gone on we had to fight and do it for him.