Kevin Durant 'fine' after exiting Warriors' win late after twisting ankle
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Apr 21, 2018,
Apr 21, 2018, 5:35
Kerr played for Popovich in San Antonio for four seasons, and remains close with the Popovich family from that period - Kerr's son, Nick, is now on Popovich's staff.
Thursday's game came following the news of the passing of Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, early Wednesday.
The Warriors then experienced sluggishness. The Spurs face an uphill climb as they are staying at a 3-0 deficit in the first round.
LeBron James, who was playing Game 2 of Cleveland's first-round series against IN, was visibly upset when told after the game.
"This was about what I expected", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "Shaun's was probably a little worse than Kevin's".
"Erin was sort of the balance that Pop needed", Kerr said. The Warriors end this thing and win rather easily yet again. No team in National Basketball Association history has ever come from behind 3-0 to win a series. "You're going for it". Being a fan of the game, this being my first playoffs, but I know those guys are still gonna give us all they got in Game 4, so our vets will have us ready. It's become clear through the first three games in this series that the Heat are much better off with Kelly Olynyk, and even Bam Adebayo, at center.
The Spurs chose to stick with their same starting unit from game 2. They stormed out to a 6-0 lead with a Rudy Gay dunk, a Danny Green drive and a Patty Mills reverse layup.
Durant managed to put up 29 points and nine rebounds in nearly 34 minutes of action to lead the way for the Warriors in Game Three.
Ginobili says family is first, and it's hard to prepare for Thursday night's Game 3 against Golden State.
The Warriors were just 1-11 on 3-pointers in the first half, but managed to shoot an impressive 51% from the field.
"As far as a basketball game - it's a game at the end of the day", Durant said.
Thompson added 19 points, including 3-for-6 shooting on 3s. Durant led the Warriors with 26 points before rolling his ankle.
Winning one for Pop will be an uphill climb for the San Antonio Spurs. We're all hurting. We want to be next to Pop.More news: Kentucky governor under fire for comments on teachers
The most notable example: the Warriors squandered a 3-1 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Almost every team in professional sports likes to characterize themselves as a family, but for most, that's empty rhetoric - it's the equivalent of referring to a fanbase as a "nation", it's something tossed in a press release or Jumbotron to make people feel good.
How the Warriors fare likely hinges on their health.
The Warriors are already without Stephen Curry for the series because of a Grade 2 MCL sprain to his left knee suffered March 23.
As for the Warriors' sudden injuries?
They trail Golden State 84-72 heading to the fourth quarter. Livingston immediately stood up on his own, though.
The Warriors won 110-97, but afterwards, the perspective still lingered.
The Spurs will be without Popovich for Thursday night's Game 3 at home against Golden State.
Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said he spoke to Popovich on Thursday morning and said the coach was "overwhelmed" by the support and "very appreciative of the love that's been shared" but wanted the team's focus on the game.
It didn't take long for the somber mood of the prior 24 hours to be washed away.
"It was very hard".
"So it's hard not to think about the grandkids right now and, of course, Pop and Erin's two kids, Jill and Micky", Kerr said.
"The NBA family, we all stick together".