Monta's 41 not enough for Warriors in Boston

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Monta's 41 not enough for Warriors in Boston

March 4, 2011BOXSCORE WARRIORS VIDEONBAPAGE NBA SCOREBOARD

BOSTON (AP) Ray Allen scored 27 points and pulled down a crucial offensive rebound with 12 seconds remaining to help the Boston Celtics hold off Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors 107-103 on Friday night.Paul Pierce also scored 27 for the Celtics, who let an 18-point lead slip to just one late in the fourth quarter and struggled to put away the pesky Warriors.Ellis scored 28 of his 41 points in the second half as Golden State rallied and gave the short-handed Celtics a scare right to the end.Boston wasn't able to seal it until Allen snatched a rebound off a miss by Kevin Garnett with 12 seconds left, then hit two free throws.Jeff Green added 21 points and Rajon Rondo had 16 assists for Boston.David Lee had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Dorell Write scored 11 for the Warriors, who took advantage of some shoddy defense by the new-look Celtics.Boston was without forward Glen Davis, who has a strained tendon in his left knee, and then lost guard Von Wafer when he left in the second quarter with a strained right calf. Several of Boston's recent additions got significant playing time and the Celtics struggled defensively.The Warriors picked apart the porous defense during a 14-4 run at the end of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 88-81, then Ellis opened the fourth with two free throws after drawing a foul while attempting a 3-pointer.The Celtics struggled to pull away and the lead dropped to 100-96 with 4:06 left on a 3-pointer by Ellis, who was alone in the corner for a pass from Stephen Curry. Ellis got open again and hit another 3 that made it 100-99 with 3:16 to go, but Pierce gave Boston some brief relief with a three-point play.Golden State came right back with a fast-break dunk by Wright, then had a chance to tie it after the Celtics failed to score. But Curry tried a pass through the lane that went right to Garnett and led to a layup by Pierce to put Boston up 105-101.Lee added a dunk to get the Warriors within 105-103 with 37 seconds left and they got a break when Garnett's long jumper bounced out, but Allen swooped in for the rebound and drew a foul with 12 seconds left. He hit both shots from the line.NOTES: Allen made his first seven shots and hit five straight 3-pointers. He didn't miss a shot until a 12-foot jumper bounced out with 1:19 left in the second quarter. ... The Warriors shot 52 percent in the first half, but that wasn't enough to keep up with Boston's 66 percent. The Celtics made 25 of 38 from the floor and seven of nine foul shots while taking a 64-53 lead into halftime. ... Green was playing in his fourth game with the Celtics since they got him in a trade with Oklahoma City at the deadline. His previous high for Boston was seven points against the Clippers in his Celtics debut. ... Warriors rookie Jeremy Lin, a Harvard graduate, was out of the lineup in his return to Boston.

Kerr continues to weigh options regarding return to Warriors' bench

Kerr continues to weigh options regarding return to Warriors' bench

OAKLAND -- Though he insists he has made no final decision about returning to coach the Warriors in the NBA Finals, Steve Kerr conceded Monday that he likely would remain in the background throughout the series that begins Thursday

“As of right now, I would not coach,” he said after practice.

“I’m alright; I’m not well enough to coach a game. And I know that from . . . I coached all 82 games and I felt OK. I was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain, but I did fine. I could make it through. The first two games of the Portland series, whatever happened, things got worse.”

Though Kerr has been a constant presence over the past two weeks, this was the first time he presided over practice. Acting coach Mike Brown was ill Monday and did not come to the facility.

“I’d like to tell you that I’m ready, but I’m not ready to coach yet,” Kerr said. “I’m still feeling a lot of the effects of what I’ve got going on.

“I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies. Hopefully, Mike will be back (Tuesday).”

Kerr last coached a game on April 19, Game 2 of the first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Trail Blazers. He flew with the team to Portland for Games 3 and 4 but did not coach either game. It was on April 23, between Games 3 and 4, that Kerr announced he was taking a leave of absence to pursue remedies for chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries.

The Warriors have gone 10-0 under Brown, who is in frequent communication with Kerr ever since May 10, when the team began preparations for the conference finals.

“I’ve been in every meeting since the San Antonio series started,” Kerr said. “Every film session, every practice. I address the team quite a bit; I think my messaging is important.”

Though Kerr said he plans to accompany the team to Cleveland next week for Games 3 and 4 of The Finals, he continues to weigh his options regarding returning to the bench.

“Once we get to Game 1,” he said, ‘it might be a good time to make a decision one way or the other.”

A's lineup: Brand new spot for Pinder; Mengden makes first start of 2017

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A's lineup: Brand new spot for Pinder; Mengden makes first start of 2017

Bob Melvin and Terry Francona issued their lineups for today's series opener in Cleveland.

In addition, the A's placed Kendall Graveman on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain (retroactive to May 26) and recalled Daniel Mengden from Triple-A Nashville.

Mengden will make his first start of 2017 today.

A's (22-27)
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Chad Pinder (R) SS
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) DH
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C
8. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
9. Matt Joyce (L) RF
P. Daniel Mengden RHP 

Indians (25-23)
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
6. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
7. Yan Gomes (R) C
8. Bradley Zimmer (L) CF
9. Austin Jackson (R) RF
P. Carlos Carrasco RHP (4-2, 2.93 ERA)