Warriors' Durant returns for game four against Trail Blazers
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 15:16
With Head Coach Steve Kerr ruled out for Game 4 of the first round Monday due to health issues, the Golden State Warriors is still facing an important question: Will Kevin Durant play?
Or again, period. That's a lot of heavy stuff to deal with in the middle of the playoffs, of course. Green finished the night with nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists, six blocks, and two steals.
So everybody on the Warriors could use some down time here, is what I'm saying. These are my thoughts from afar.
This was a game where the Bucks tried to force the ball out of the hands of Lowry and DeRozan as much as they could, using their length and athleticism.
The Warriors could also be without Kevin Durant in Game 4 because of a strained left calf.
Durant scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Game 1, his first playoff game with the Warriors.
Thirdly, the long break will give more time for Matt Barnes, who missed all of this series, and Shaun Livingston, who missed the last three games, to recuperate for the second round.
Meanwhile the Warriors are getting to watch the San Antonio Spurs lock horns with the Memphis Grizzlies in a series that is 2-2.
How terrified would you be as a Warriors fan with Mike Brown calling the shots?
Those are important things, and there are more things to learn into the later rounds.
A day later, Warriors GM Bob Myers was scheduled to address the media, but Kerr showed up instead and said he wouldn't be available for Game 4, either. That series is now deadlocked at two games apiece. The Warriors were up 23 after one, and never looked back on their way to a 128-103 Game 4 rout, completing the sweep of Blazers. "Normally we don't go back to him, but his length, his size, his athleticism we really felt affected the game on both ends of the floor". He played five minutes.
Brown is working wholly within Kerr's plan and doing it quite well.
"The culture here, the foundation Steve has laid, the players are smart, the coaches I have around me - that all puts you at ease", Brown said Sunday.
The Warriors await the victor of the series between the Jazz and the Clippers. Then we'll see, but so far, so good.
"We knew if we threw the first punch, we knew that it would overwhelm them a bit, especially being up 3-0", Durant said. However, that appears as if that will not be the case-even though he played tonight, his minutes were limited and he now will miss at least the next game. This past week for whatever reason, things got worse.
Milwaukee at Toronto, series tied at 2-2, Game 5, 7 p.m., NBATV. If the Trail Blazers are to have any chance of winning tonight, they will need their players to step it up in the second half and try to contain Golden State's incredible roster.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks drew level with the Washington Wizards after a 111-101 win.
KEEP AN EYE ON: JaVale McGee. "I'm hoping for some improvement and if I can get some improvement, I'll get back on the sidelines".
HollywoodLifers, who will you be rooting for in this game? Blazers' guards Damian Lillard and C.J.
If the team continues to perform at this level, it will be hard to stop.