Grading Warriors' performance vs. Lakers

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Grading Warriors' performance vs. Lakers

JARRETT JACK        A+
With 29 points and 11 assists, Jack becomes the first Warrior reserve to notch at least 25 and 10 since box scores started keeping track of starters and non-starters back in 1970 .  And, they weren’t “empty calorie” points.  He was hitting shots when the pressure was on.  He only scored five fewer than Kobe, on 22 fewer shots than Kobe.  Great game.

DAVID LEE        A
When a guy gets 20 points and shoots 50% for the 12th straight game, he’s absolutely getting an “A.” And, for a guy who gets criticized for his defense, Lee did a great job of keeping Pau Gasol quiet as a church mouse.

HARRISON BARNES    B
In the 4th quarter, Barnes was in full attack mode, making plays and (temporarily) saving the Warriors bacon.  After seven points in the 4th, it’s a little surprising he didn’t play at all in O.T.

KLAY THOMPSON    B
Can’t be mad at 18 points.  However, he does seem to shoot a few too many threes.  And, he had real defensive trouble with Metta World Peace in this one. Also, when guarding Kobe, Thompson occasionally left Kobe open while helping someone else on “D," a good idea against many players, but not Kobe.

STEPHEN CURRY    B
His 8-23 performance Saturday night notwithstanding, Curry's shot was a real weapon.  I would like to see him eliminate the “pull up after running forward full speed” jumper from his arsenal, though—or at least save it for blowouts.  Also, I think he’ll take his next step as a player when he studies Steve Nash’s shot selection and Steve Nash’s game management in the late going.  That’s not to say Curry doesn’t have an impressive grasp of the point guard position.  But, I do think there’s still a nuanced understanding of pacing and shot selection that he could learn from watching a little more tape on Nash.

CARL LANDRY        B
That tall Lakers front line kept Landry at 3 for 8 shooting.   But, he still brought that toughness—and 12 points.  If only he had been able to get that shot before halftime up 1/10 of a second sooner, the outcome might have been different.  But, I still love it that tough-guy Carl was there for the offensive board in the first place.

FESTUS EZELI        C
Yes, Ezeli had some real troubles handling the ball in this one.  And, those troubles were costly.  But, you had to be impressed with the way he battled Dwight Howard.  He played no small role in holding Howard to just 11 points and 6 rebounds.

DRAYMOND GREEN    C
Green's shooting touch was m.i.a again, but—again—he checked with his usual assortment of non-box score plays.  Did you notice who was guarding Kobe when he missed the shot that would have won the game for the Lakers in regulation?

Sources: In agony, Kerr had difficult time keeping up with Warriors' Game 3 win

Sources: In agony, Kerr had difficult time keeping up with Warriors' Game 3 win

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.

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

While head coach Steve Kerr was unable to make Saturday's Game 3 due to an illness, the Warriors went out and took a 3-0 series lead over the Blazers. 

After the game, Steph Curry dedicated the win to Kerr by keeping the game ball for him. 

"Our coach is going through a lot right now physically and he told us this morning this is a situation where we need to rally and go out and win a game for him, but we felt like that," Curry said after the Warriors' 119-113 win. "The way that game had gone on we had to fight and do it for him. 

"The way that he said it was we had to win one for The Gipper, so shout out to coach Kerr." 

Curry led the Warriors with 34 points in Saturday's win.