Not a good time for Warriors to play Bulls


Not a good time for Warriors to play Bulls

Chicago (1-0) vs. Warriors (0-1)
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OAKLAND -- The good news is the Warriors get to immediatelybounce back from their disappointing season-opening loss to the Clippers. Badnews is that its against the Chicago Bulls.Of all the teams the Warriors could play right now, feelslike the Bulls have to be among the worst. Theyre an elite defensive team,they already seem to be playing for something and theyve got goodchemistry.The Warriors are clearly not a finished product and werevery much looking for their way on the offensive end against L.A. Warriors coach Mark Jackson focused onhis team giving up 64 points in the second half, and that was definitely aproblem.

But at least the Warriors played one pretty good defensivehalf against the Clippers in the first. They werent good on offense ineither half. The Bulls could make it very difficult on the Warriors onMonday. They have a way of locking down opponents in the halfcourt, and that's where the Warriors are weak.And dont forget, MVP Derrick Rose might even have somethingto prove. He was less than ordinary when the Warriors beat Chicago last seasonat Oracle, finishing with just 14 points -- on 6-for-15 from the field -- andnine turnovers.-- Stephen Curry ended up playing onSunday after spraining his right ankle in the last preseason game. Curry hadntpracticed since rolling the ankle Tuesday in Sacramento.Curry didnt play well against the Clippers -- 2-for-12 fromthe field, five turnovers -- but it wasnt obvious that the ankle was botheringhim. At least not to me. Currydefinitely didnt blame the ankle afterwards, saying it felt fine.-- One place the Warriors didnt lose thegame was on the interior. David Lee and Andris Biedrins werent the problem asthey held their own against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.The Warriors resorted to intentionally fouling Jordan in thethird quarter, a strategy that neither failed nor succeeded. Jordan went4-for-12 from the free throw line on the night, but the Warriors didnt go onany kind of run when employing the strategy.Jordan may not have been great from the line, but he made upfor it by blocking eight shots.---Brandon Rush was the Warriors mostproductive player off the bench, scoring 12 points in 28 minutes. There weretimes when he was on the floor at the same time as Dorell Wright, but itscertainly possible Rush could cut into Wrights minutes this season.Wright still seems to be searching for his game a little bitthis season.

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.