NBA cancels games through November

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NBA cancels games through November

On Friday, the league announced that it was canceling regular-season games through Nov. 30, wiping out the first month of the 2011-12 season.

"Our games are canceled through November 30, until the end of the month," commissioner David Stern announced Friday afternoon.

The league canceled the first two weeks of the season on Oct. 10. Before that, the NBA canceled all training camps and the entire exhibition season.The NBA locked out its players on July 1, and the sides have been unsuccessful in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. Talks broke down late last week and there are no talks scheduled at this time."We share the frustrations of our fans, partners, and those who rely on our game for their livelihoods, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. We remain committed to reaching an agreement that's fair for both the teams and the players and allows for the long-term growth of our game.

For the Warriors, the first cancellation cost them eight games and this one will, too. It will also cost Warriors fans the opportunity to see the Wizards John Wall and the Hornets Chris Paul at least for now.Here are the canceled games:Wednesday, Nov. 16: vs. PhillyFriday, Nov. 18: vs. WashingtonSunday, Nov. 20: at BostonMonday, Nov. 21: at New JerseyWednesday, Nov. 23: at MinnesotaFriday, Nov. 25: vs. New OrleansSaturday, Nov. 26: vs. UtahMonday, Nov. 28: vs. CharlotteWednesday, Nov. 30: vs. OKC
The Warriors were supposed to open the season with a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 2, at Oracle Arena. But the leagues first set of cancellations took care of that.

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.