Warriors coach Kerr uncertain for NBA Finals return

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

But the 28-year-old is coming off the best regular season of his career with an average of 9.5 points and 3.5 assists per game that could see him rise up the list of Australia's richest athletes.

For the Spurs, Kyle Anderson scored 20 points, with Argentinian veteran Manu Ginobli scored 15.

In dispatching the Spurs, they became the first team ever to put 120 points on a Gregg Popovich-coached team three consecutive times; indeed the only time Popovich ever had one of his teams allow 120 in back-to-back games was when the 2005 team that eventually won the National Basketball Association title beat the Los Angeles Clippers and Warriors, both in overtime.

If Mills joins Philadelphia, who have some room to move in the salary cap, he would link up with highly regarded No. 1 draft pick and fellow Australian Ben Simmons. "And he deserved to have that night of respect so that he really feels that we appreciate everything he's done over the years".

"This is a Hall of Fame player who allowed me to bring him off the bench for the last decade or something, because it would make us a better team overall".

"We won 12 games, but we had some tough ones, some good battles each series. You can contribute in any way you can, and we'll worry about the future in the future.'" Lacob said that having Kerr around during this series has helped the team in ways that are hard to measure. You'd think if he had his way, Golden State would be taking on the Celtics, and not the Cavaliers, in the NBA Finals.

Golden State out-shot the Spurs 55.8 percent to 42.3 percent, had 53 rebounds to San Antonio's 41 and dominated despite 17 turnovers that led to 22 San Antonio points.

Popovich said he wouldn't elaborate on the chants Ginobili received from the San Antonio crowd at the end of the game for fear of getting "wishy-washy", but said, "But it worked out great". Before Game 4, Popovich compared Ginobili to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Steph Curry scored 36 points and had 6 assists. "For the first year without Timmy's leadership and a lot of new players, these guys got it together to win 61 games and just got better and better as the playoffs proceeded and we were basically on a pretty good roll starting Game 1 at Golden State". One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day playing a sport I still love.

They turn up the engine, and the opponent just falls away. They fell behind early, and the first quarter ended with the Warriors ahead 31-19.

Ginobili meanwhile said whatever his choice - playing on or retiring - he would be happy.

  • Julie Sanders