Mike Brown is more than capable of leading the Warriors

It's a odd time for the Warriors, as they look to sweep the Blazers in commanding fashion and book their ticket to the second round. Motivated by that goal, the Warriors emphatically achieved it in the first quarter, tying a playoff record with 45 points in the opening frame.

Draymond Green hit five 3-pointers in adding 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks, while Klay Thompson scored 18 points, David West chipped in with 12 points and Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. We blew the opportunity, but we still have games to play. And even in his absence, we want to kind of live up to that.

The Warriors are now up 3-0 and will finish the series against the Blazers Monday at 10:30pm. Durant injured his left calf in the third quarter of Sunday's 121-109 Game 1 victory, but finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds.

Damian Lillard scored 34 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who were ousted from the playoffs by the Warriors for the second consecutive year.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 30 points and nine rebounds, while Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 in the loss. Curry's 3-pointer pushed Golden State's lead to 91-58. The Warriors now await the victor of the first-round series between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, which is tied at two games apiece.

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Mike Brown is running the show while Kerr is out. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101 points on 39.9 percent shooting and allowing 116.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Barnes has been out since April 8, missing the final two regular-season games and the first three playoff games.

Brown, who has previously coached the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, feels that the team can continue its winning ways due to the strong foundation laid by Kerr. "Everything we did, we tried to do at a high level, and it worked". They have a great understanding of how to play the game.

"We know I'm not the same guy that I'm supposed to be right now", he said.

"He's obviously going through a lot physically and that's first and foremost for him to take care of himself, make sure he's on the road to recovery and feeling like himself", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "And we didn't play almost as well as they needed to and they showed why they're a championship team".

After 84 games this year, Kerr's back flared up again, forcing him to miss Saturday's Game 3 with severe symptoms that put him, at the worst moments, "in excruciating pain".

  • Tabitha Byrd