Report: W's Malone out of Portland search

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Report: W's Malone out of Portland search

Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone, considered to be a top candidate for an NBA head coaching position this offseason, has been eliminated from the search in Portland.

According to The Oregonian newspaper, the list of four finalists for the head coaching position with the Trail Blazers has been narrowed to Terry Stotts, Elston Turner, Steve Clifford and Kaleb Canales.

According to the story, the four candidates will interview in Portland next week.

Malone, the top assistant to Golden State head coach Mark Jackson, has also been mentioned as a candidate in Orlando and Charlotte. Before joining the Warriors in 2011, Malone was an assistant for New Orleans in 2010-11 and before that the lead assistant in Cleveland under Mike Brown.

Malone is the son of Brendan Malone, a former NBA coach.

'He's very special:' Popovich cites three reasons for Steph Curry's rise

'He's very special:' Popovich cites three reasons for Steph Curry's rise

Steph Curry was incredible against the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

Over four games, he averaged 31.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.0 steals, while shooting over 56 percent from the field and just under 47 percent from 3-point territory.

Following Game 4 on Monday night, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was asked about the two-time MVP.

"He's taken on the responsibility to be a star every night. A lot of people can't do that. That's number one," Popovich explained to reporters. "And number two -- he's had the wisdom to make his game even more solid. A little bit less mustard and a little bit more fundamentally sound -- which reduces turnovers, gets more shots for teammates -- so he's been willing to tone it a little bit over the past few years. And possessions are that much more powerful."

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Back in 2013, Curry racked up 44 points and 11 assists against San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

But the Spurs held him in check the rest of the series -- 18.2 points and 6.0 assists on 36 percent shooting over Games 2 through 6.

The following season, Curry made his first All-Star Game and All-NBA team.

He then claimed the MVP in 2015 and became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2016.

So is there a third reason to help explain Curry's ascension?

"And obviously his confidence has gone through the roof because he realizes what he does is special," Popovich added. "But it doesn't diminish his attitude and approach and edge as he approaches every game. He's very special."

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

The Warriors are NBA Finals bound for the third straight year.

Following their Game 4 victory over the Spurs on Monday night, Pau Gasol opened up about the Western Conference champions.

“They’re in a groove,” Gasol told Courtney Cronin of the Bay Area News Group. “They know what it takes to win and obviously they’ve been champions, they’ve established records that have never been set before and they’re on a path to get another championship.

"In all my years in the league, they’re playing at the highest level right now.”

Gasol entered the NBA as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2001 draft.

He won championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

The Warriors are the first team in NBA history to enter the Finals with a record of 12-0.

Their average margin of victory in the playoffs is 16.3 points.