The Warriors held two separate predraft workouts on Monday morning, bringing in 12 players in advance of the June 28 NBA draft.The first workout included Michigan States Draymond Green, Xaviers Tu Holloway, Syracuses Kris Joseph, Ionas Scott Machado, Texas A&Ms Khris Middleton and Vanderbilts Jeff Taylor.The second group included Baylors Anthony Jones, West Virginias Kevin Jones, New Mexico States Wendell McKines, Stanfords Josh Owens, Villanovas Maalik Wayns and Washingtons Tony Wroten.Green was the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year and consensus All-American. He finished his career as the Spartans all-time leading rebounder.Green is considered an undersized power forward, but he has a solid all-around game and shot 38.8 percent from the beyond the arc.Holloway averaged 17.5 points and 4.9 assists per game and wound up as Xaviers sixth all-time leading scorer.Taylor is considered by many to be a first-round selection and could go as high as the mid-first round.He averaged 16.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game his senior season, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from 3-point range.Owens was Stanfords starting power forward, and averaged 11.6 points per game in both his junior and senior seasons. Over the course of his four-year career, Owens shot 57.3 percent from the field.Wroten played one year at Washington and averaged 16 points, five rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Pac-12.McKines, who played at Richmond High School, averaged 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game (8th in the country) his senior season. McKines red-shirted his junior year after sustaining an injury.
PORTLAND -- Mike Brown slid over one chair, oversaw a rousing Warriors comeback victory and showered his compromised roster with lavish praise.
They did it, he said, pointing out the work of everybody from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, to Pat McCaw and JaVale McGee in a 119-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Green begged to differ. He turned the finger of commendation upon Brown, the assistant coach who adroitly stepped into the shoes of ailing head coach Steve Kerr for a win that gave the Warriors a 3-0 lead in this best-of-seven first-round series.
“He was the MVP tonight,” Green said of Brown.
So, of course, Curry, who scored a game-high 34 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter to put away the Blazers, gave the game ball to Kerr.
“We’ve got his back,” Curry said. “We’ve had certain situations all year, in previous years, where players are down and you’ve got the ‘next man up’ philosophy. Same with Coach Kerr. He’s done a great job of implementing a philosophy and a strategy and an identity of how we play Warrior basketball, and even in his absence we want to kind of live up to that.”
This is the Warrior Way, every man contributing, every man mattering, and no individual hogging the accolades.
Truth be told, there were heroes aplenty in a game the Warriors yanked straight from the clutches of the loss column.
There was McGee coming off the bench providing a jolt of electricity when his teammates seemed badly in need of recharging.
There was Curry, looking lost on offense for most of the night, before zeroing in when it was needed most.
There was McCaw, the rookie second-round draft pick who again defied his youth, tap-dancing all over the stat sheet.
There was Green, blocking six shots. There was Thompson, drilling four 3-pointers in the third quarter. There was Andre Iguodala, igniting the defense during the pivotal third-quarter stretch when the Warriors wiped out a 16-point lead.
On, yes, there was at least one more contributor.
General manager Bob Myers also nudged his way into the picture. After watching Portland shoot 53.3 percent in the first half, Myers jokingly threatened to replace Brown with veteran assistant Ron Adams for the second half.
Brown and the Warriors responded by holding the Trail Blazers to 33.3-percent shooting in the second half.
No single player or coach was responsible, just as they would have it.
PORTLAND -- Steve Kerr was in such agony Saturday that he found little comfort even while watching from the team hotel as his Warriors pulled out a playoff victory over Trail Blazers, multiple sources told NBCSportsBayArea.com.
The pain is so intense that Kerr even had difficulty keeping up with the game. Moreover, it may be a while before he’s able to return to full-time coaching duties.
Assistant Mike Brown served as acting head coach in a 119-113 win over Portland in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
“He’s obviously going through a lot physically,” Stephen Curry said of Kerr after the game, “and that’s first and foremost for him to take care of himself, make sure he’s on the road to recovery and feeling like himself.”
Kerr was in obvious discomfort Friday, when he met with the media for his post-practice news conference. Though he made the flight to Oregon with the team Friday afternoon, he was not able to attend shootaround Saturday morning. It was the second time this season that Kerr missed a shootaround, the first coming March 2 in Chicago.
By Saturday afternoon, the Warriors were announcing he would not coach Game 3.
It was not a great surprise to those who work closely with Kerr.
“He’s suffering,” said one person close to Kerr.
“He hadn’t been feeling well for a couple days, so I knew it would be a possibility,” Brown said before the game.
Kerr continues to cope with debilitating side effects from multiple back surgeries in the summer of 2015. He took a leave of absence last season, missing nearly all of training camp and the first 43 games of the regular season before returning.
Both the symptoms have persisted. Kerr still cannot do many of the things he loves, he acknowledged to NBCSportsBayArea.com, such as play golf. Though his back is somewhat improved, he still experiences severe headaches and neck pain.
The worst part about the discomfort is its consistency. It’s nagging at him every day and night, sometimes more severe than others.
It has gotten worse in recent days, though. It is conceivable, even likely, according to those close to Kerr, that he will miss Game 4 Monday night.