Warriors 115, Kings 89
SACRAMENTO -- Well, for one night the Warriors made do without Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh.About an hour before tip-off with the Sacramento Kings, the Warriors traded Ellis and Udoh, two of the teams starters, to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal for Andrew Bogut.Despite playing without those two starters, the Warriors still handled the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion on Tuesday night.Warriors coach Mark Jackson started Nate Robinson and Klay Thompson in the backcourt, and they helped Golden State win its third game in a row.Starting point guard Stephen Curry sat out because of a strained tendon in his right foot.The game was tight for a half, but then Golden State established control in the third quarter. Thompson struggled from the field early missing 10 of his first 12 shots, but rebounded and contributed to the win.Robinson, getting his first start as a Warrior, had 17 points.The Warriors placed six players in double figures.
Smelling blood, the Warriors started off hot in Portland Monday night and never let up as they crushed the Blazers 128-103 to finish off the sweep.
Steph Curry had it going all night. The two-time MVP finished with a game-high 37 points to lead the charge. He made 12-of-20 shots including 7-of-11 from 3-point distance.
After missing the last two games, Kevin Durant returned to the starting lineup and played 20 minutes. He finished with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Warriors will take on the winner of the Clippers-Jazz series in the Western Conference Semifinals. That series is currently tied 2-2.
Even in the midst of a contentious playoff series, the Blazers took a moment to send their regards to ailing Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
A little over 30 minutes before tip-off of Game 4 in Portland, the Blazers tweeted out a photo of Kerr from his days as Blazer with the message "Get well soon, Coach!"
Kerr, who played for six teams during his 15-year NBA career, spent the 2001-02 season in Portland.
On Sunday, Kerr announced that he would be stepping away from coaching after sympthoms from his back surgeries resurfaced. Assistant coach Mike Brown, who coached the Warriors in Game 3, will serve as interim coach.