Monta struggles in Warriors' loss to Bobcats

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Monta struggles in Warriors' loss to Bobcats

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The Warriors four-game road trip got off to an awful start on Saturday as they dropped a game to the Charlotte Bobcats that they were never in. The Bobcats scored 38 points in the first quarter, taking a 15-point lead and pretty much rolled from there.Bobcats 112, Warriors 100

Star of the game: Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson had a season-high 26 points, going 9-for-17 from the floor and 8-for-12 from the foul line.
Key stretch: The Warriors actually got off to a nice start in this one, taking a 10-3 lead just three minutes into the game. But it was downhill for the remainder of the quarter, as Charlotte outscored the Warriors 35-15 for the remainder of the period.We didnt show up, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. And as a coach, thats on me. Our guys didnt come ready to play. They thought it would be easy. We didnt work. Im embarrassed as a coach. This type of effort cannot be accepted.

Defense rests: All things considered, the Warriors may have played their worst defensive half of the season, falling behind 66-46 at halftime to the Bobcats. The Warriors allowed Charlotte to shoot 56 percent from the floor and forced only four turnovers through 24 minutes.The 36 points Charlotte scored in the first quarter were a season-high for the Bobcats and a season-high for points in a quarter against the Warriors.This is the first time Ive been embarrassed watching our performance, Jackson said. Our effort cannot and will not be tolerated.Ellis struggles: Monta Ellis suffered through his worst shooting night of the season, going 6-for-26 from the floor and finishing with 18 points.Curry shooting for Tuesday: Warriors guard Stephen Curry said Saturday that his right ankle has been responding well and he hopes to return to action on Tuesday when the Warriors play at Cleveland.Very close, Curry said, when asked about his status on the Warriors-Bobcats game telecast on CSN Bay Area. I went out earlier, made some cuts and it responded well. Hopefully in the next couple of days we can keep the intensity up and it looks like Tuesday would be a nice day to come back at Cleveland.Curry has sprained the ankle three times this season, the last time coming on Jan. 4 at San Antonio. If Curry does return against the Cavaliers, it will mean he will have missed seven games before returning.

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.