Warriors' Kevin Durant (calf strain) to return for Game 4
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 28, 2017,
Apr 28, 2017, 8:12
The Warriors lead the series 3-0 going into what could be a deciding game tonight.
Klay Thompson had 18 points for the Warriors, who will take on either the Los Angeles Clippers or Utah Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals. Norman Powell, making his second start of the series, produced 25 points to help Raptors move within one win of reaching the second round, with game six in Milwaukee on Thursday.
In Atlanta, Paul Millsap bounced back from a sluggish start to score 19 points, Dwight Howard had his best game of the postseason and the Hawks pulled away from Washington to even the opening-round series at 2-2.
Jusuf Nurkic, Portland's third-best player, has only played in Game 3 of the series after suffering a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg.
Durant, who participated in Monday's shoot-around with no limitations, has sat out the past two games with a calf injury sustained in the second half of the series opener.
The Warriors took a 3-0 series lead Saturday night, winning in Portland as assistant coach Mike Brown led the team in place of Kerr.
Golden State can sweep with a victory Monday night.
Bet365 Sports has been offering the best bets throughout the National Basketball Association playoffs and they have made Game 4 extra attractive for bettors. "Everybody made it rather easy for me to make the adjustment", the acting head coach said, via ESPN. Our defensive intensity and focus was the reason we got it done tonight.
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Kevin Durant, sidelined the past two games with a left calf injury, scored 10 points in 20 minutes on the floor and Draymond Green added 21.
Kerr, 51, told reporters at Golden State's training facility on Sunday that his condition is "getting worse" and that he thinks that he could not continue coaching the Warriors at the moment.
Howard, who was a non-factor through the first three games, had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Durant hit the game's first shot, a confident pull-up 3 from the right wing just feet from his mother, Wanda, seated courtside. "I understand that's what it is", Lillard said Monday night. We're hoping that over the next week or two, whatever it is, I can sort of make a definitive realization or deduction, or just feel it that I'm going to do this or I'm not.