Will Warriors target Andre Miller in free agency?

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Will Warriors target Andre Miller in free agency?

Well, next up, freeagency.Thats right. Evenwith the draft barely in the rearview window, the start of free agency comesthis weekend. Late Sunday night to be exact.The Warriors arent going to be majorplayers because theyre over the salary cap, but they will have their mid-levelexception to use worth approximately 5 million.That wont get you astar, but it could get you a really nice player: Like point guard Andre Miller,maybe.RELATED: Andre Miller career stats 2012 game logs Splits News
In the coming day ortwo Ill be putting out the complete free-agent list and obviously over theensuing days well talk about which guys are realistic or not for GoldenState.But for now, just aquick hit on Miller. Im not convinced hed come here for the mid-level, so ifyou really, really want him hed most likely have to agree to a sign-and-tradefrom Denver. And we dont know about any of that yet.We also dont knowhe might feel about possibly coming off the bench, though, in all likelihood,minutes wouldnt be a problem for him because hed be a lock to getplenty.But from abasketball perspective hed be perfect. Miller would serve an abundance ofpurposes for the Warriors, and all of them would be good.First off, hed begreat insurance for Stephen Curry, who is coming off an injury-riddled 2011-12.With questions about Currys ankle heading into the season, it would be huge tohave someone as reliable as Miller behind him.Second, he can playboth guard spots, and hes a better defender than either Curry or Thompson.Guards dont post Miller up. Hes too big, too strong and too smart. Or letsput it this way you cant do it to him consistently. Not even close.On the other end, hedgive the Warriors a legitimate low-post option from the guard position. Hesthe player who goes down to the low post to exploit matchups. And hes a betterpasser than either Curry or Thompson.What Miller doesntdo so well is knock down perimeter jumpers on a consistent basis, though hesnot awful. You know what? Thats fine because youve got Curry and Thompsonwith him and they can both shoot the heck out of it.There are plentymore positives to Miller, but Im just getting conversation started here. Theone knock on him would be his age: Hes 36.Two which I say: Who cares? Id still offer him a four-year contract and yes Imean that. Miller is one of the most durable players in league history. Hesonly missed one game in the past five years alone.Conventional wisdom is that because Miller, who isnt overly athletic, playsclose to the ground, he doesnt get hurt as often. Or how about almost ever:Six missed games over 13 years, for crying out loud.Point is, for a teamthat says injuries ruined their 2011-12 season, an iron man like Miller in thefold for 2012-13 would make sense.

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. 

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

BOX SCORE

PORTLAND -- Head coach Steve Kerr didn’t show and All-Star forward Kevin Durant didn’t play.

Neither did Shaun Livingston or Matt Barnes.

No matter. Trailing by as much as 17 before a surging Trail Blazers team and a thunderous sellout crowd at Moda Center, the Warriors found their way to a 119-113 victory in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night.

The Warriors can close out the series with a win in Game 4 here on Monday night.

With assistant coach Mike Brown serving as acting head coach in the absence of an ill Kerr, five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 34 points. Klay Thompson put in 24, Andre Iguodala 16, JaVale McGee 14 and Pat McCaw 11.

The Warriors overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit and a 52-42 rebounding disadvantage with a single, searing stretch of defense in the third quarter, when they limited Portland to 30.4-percent shooting.

Guards CJ McCollum, who totaled 32 points, and Damian Lillard, who posted 31, led the Trail Blazers.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As crucial to the comeback as was the offensive reemergence of Curry and Thompson, nobody did more good things over different portions of the game than did McGee.

McGee’s line: 14 points (6-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from the line), four rebounds and one steal. He played 16 minutes and finished a game-high plus-24.

TURNING POINT

Trailing 82-66 after a Lillard finger roll with 6:20 left in the third quarter, the Warriors rumbled back with a 19-1 run, taking an 85-83 lead when McGee slammed through a lob with 2:01 left in the quarter.

The Warriors during that stretch held Portland to 0-of-8 shooting, with three turnovers.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Matt Barnes (R foot/ankle bone bruise), F Kevin Durant (L calf strain) and G Shaun Livingston (R index finger sprain and hand contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) is listed as out.

Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) and G CJ McCollum (R ankle sprain) were listed as probable and upgraded to available. C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) was listed as doubtful and upgraded to available. C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery) and C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The teams reconvene Monday night at Moda Center for Game 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.