With Bogut a Warrior, Curry's role should change

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With Bogut a Warrior, Curry's role should change

Now that Monta Ellis has been traded, there can be littledoubt the Warriors are going with Stephen Curry as their long-term pointguard.For more than two years, many have been saying that Ellisand Curry werent a good fit, and apparently Warriors owner Joe Lacob and theteams front office grudgingly agreed over time.So, its Currys team and Currys the point guard.And the best part is that with the acquisition of AndrewBogut, Curry shouldnt have to do as many point guard things and that willlikely benefit the Warriors.

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Playing the point has never come naturally to Curry, andhes never been the kind of true point guard where decision-making,leadership and running a team come instinctively.Still, the reality is Curry is a better fit at point than heis at shooting guard.Thats where Bogut and David Lee come in. With Bogut andLee making up the frontline, Curry can become a different kind of point guard.There is no reason why coach Mark Jackson cant turn Bogut and Lee into offenseinitiators, which would allow Curry to get more shots.Bogut is one of the best passing centers in the NBA, capableof finding open teammates from the low box or at the high post. Lee is also anabove average passer from the power forward position.That should bode well for Curry because the reality is, when you ask Curry to play like a point guard, youre actually asking him toplay away from his strengths.First and foremost, Curry is a shooter one of the best inall of the NBA, quite frankly. He is terrific at coming off screens and as aspot-up shooter there are few if any better.RELATED: Stephen Curry game logs
On some level, how much sense does it make to have the bestshooter on your team looking to pass to a worse-shooting teammate for ashot?In addition to scoring and rebounding and other things thatmost frontcourts provide, Bogut and Lee also should be facilitators for Curryand to a lesser degree Klay Thompson.While Bogut and Lee might not form the perfect four-fivecombination in terms of athleticism and defense, they have the potential toform the best passing big-man tandem in the league.When you have skilled big men who can pass, it allows you tobe far more creative at the offensive end. And Curry should be the one tobenefit there.During Currys career as a Warrior, there always has been aclamor to get him more shots and rightfully so. But he also has been theteams point guard, which has forced him to think of others first.Curry will still be the teams point guard. But with Bogutand Lee, he should be able to become a little different kind of point guardthan he is now. He should handle the ball less resulting in fewer turnovers and shoot the ball more.And if Curry is shooting the ball more, and passing it less,that should be good for the Warriors.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr out indefinitely with chronic pain

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr out indefinitely with chronic pain

PORTLAND -- Still suffering with chronic pain after multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will step away from his duties for an indefinite period.

Kerr made the announcement Sunday afternoon, one day after he was unable to attend Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the Trail Blazers at Moda Center. He conceded the possibility he could miss the rest of the postseason.

“This past week for whatever reason, things got worse,” Kerr said from the team hotel. “My symptoms got worse. And I was not able to coach. The last few days have been difficult.

“With things getting worse, I just made the decision I couldn’t coach. As of now, I’m consulting with my doctors. I’m hoping for some improvement. If I can get some improvement, I’ll get back on the sidelines. But I’m not going to do that unless I know I can help the team.”

Assistant coach Mike Brown, a three-time NBA head coach who guided the Warriors to a 119-113 comeback win in Game 3, will serve as acting head coach during Kerr’s absence and will be on the sideline for Game 4 Monday night.

No matter what happens, Kerr said, he plans to assist in game preparation and remain involved with players and staff for the duration of the postseason.

“At this point in the season, we all have a feel for our team,” Kerr said. “Early in the season, it probably wouldn’t have been that way. It’s great that we’ve had the year together. It’s great that Mike has coached in this league 10 years and has coached in The Finals. He knows what he’s doing. The team is in great hands regardless.”

While spending Game 3 at the team hotel Saturday watching the game with his son, Nick, Kerr pointed out that some of the substitutions he thought should be made were, in fact, made seconds after crossing his mind.

Kerr said he did feel somewhat better Sunday than he did on Friday and Saturday.

Kerr has been coping with severe side effects since the summer of 2015. Though he has said his back was improved by the surgeries, a spinal leak has resulted in frequent headaches and neck pain.

Two days into training camp in September, barely a month after his second surgery in seven weeks, he took an indefinite leave of absence, returning Jan. 22, 2016 and coaching the final 39 regular-season games as well as the postseason.

But after laboring through 2016 training camp and the regular season -- often wearing a pain patch on the back of his neck -- the chronic anguish never went away, being by turns uncomfortable and excruciating. Kerr made it through only the first two games of the postseason.

He clearly was in discomfort during Game 2 Wednesday night at Oracle Arena and felt no better after an off-day Thursday. During his post-practice news conference Friday, before the team flight from Oakland to Portland, Kerr constantly shifted his body and grabbed his head.

Kerr was unable join the team for shootaround Saturday morning, and four hours later the Warriors announced Kerr would not attend Game 3.

“This is not going to be a case where I’m coaching one night and not coaching the next,” Kerr said. “I’m not going to do that to our team, to our staff.

“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 not.”

Kerr has tried various pain-killing drugs, as well as medicinal marijuana, in hopes of alleviating his chronic pain. Nothing so far has provided consistent relief, and some medications that have helped were offset by nausea and other side effects.

Kerr is in the third year of a five-year contract signed in May 2014. His 207-39 regular-season record is the best in NBA history by any coach over a three-year span.

Blazers big man Nurkic ruled out for Game 4 vs Warriors

Blazers big man Nurkic ruled out for Game 4 vs Warriors

Programming note: Warriors-Blazers Game 4 coverage starts Monday night at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

The Warriors hold a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series with the Blazers after Saturday's 119-113 win. 

For the first time this series, the Warriors went up against Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who returned from a leg fracture. Nurkic started and played a total of 16:40 in Game 3. 

In his return, the "Bosnian Beast" was a non-factor on offense. He only scored two points, but did grab 11 rebounds. And his return was even shorter than expected. 

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts ruled Nurkic out for Game 4. 

Nurkic averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in 20 games for the Blazers after Portland acquired him in a trade with the Nuggets.