No. 1: Durant still questionable for Game 4 -- Given their druthers, the Golden State Warriors would always prefer to have All-Star forward and former NBA MVP Kevin Durant in their lineup. That wasn't the case on Saturday, as Durant sat out a Game 3 comeback win with a left calf strain. As a closeout Game 4 tonight looms (10:30 ET, TNT), the Warriors may again be without Durant, writes Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle:
OKLAHOMA CITY -- After being fined $25,000 by the NBA for a postgame exchange with a fan Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley said he was only trying to protect and stand up for himself.
NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo has been fined $25,000 for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, it was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
No. 1: Kerr, not Durant, is Warriors' biggest health concern -- Kevin Durant's health might not be the deciding factor for the Golden State Warriors during this postseason run, wherever it ends. That distinction might belong to Steve Kerr, who like Durant missed the Warriors' Game 3 win over Portland Saturday night and could miss the remainder of the series dealing with an undisclosed "illness." Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group explores the uncertainty surrounding Kerr's situation going forward:
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Warriors are without Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr tonight against the Trail Blazers, with the team announcing about 3 ½ hours before tipoff Kerr will miss Game 3 because of illness and a strained left calf will cost Durant a second consecutive outing.
Otto Porter left the Wizards' 116-98 loss to the Hawks in the second half with a strained neck and did not return. The injury occurred midway through the third quarter when Porter was seen grimacing after colliding with Tim Hardaway Jr.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Steve Kerr will not coach the Warriors in Game 3 against the Trail Blazers tonight because of illness, the team announced about 3 ½ hours before tip off, putting experienced top assistant Mike Brown in the interim job.