Playoffs 2017: West First Round -- Warriors (1) vs. Blazers (8)
Steve Kerr (illness) out Game 3 of Golden State Warriors' battle at Portland Trail Blazers
Warriors' Kevin Durant, Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic questionable to play Saturday night
NBA.com staff reports
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Golden State Warriors announced that coach Steve Kerr will miss Game 3 on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers due to an illness. Mike Brown, the top assistant, will fill in for Kerr.
UPDATE: Steve Kerr will not coach Game 3 at Portland tonight due to illness. Mike Brown will serve as acting head coach tonight.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 22, 2017
Also, Kevin Durant did participate in shootaround, but the Warriors are still listing him as questionable because of the strained left calf suffered in Game 1. The injury sidelined him the next game, Wednesday in Oakland, and Kerr said Golden State holding a 2-0 lead, as opposed to heading on the road at 1-1, would factor into whether to play Durant as the series shifted to Portland.
The Trail Blazers say Nurkic is doubtful because of the fractured leg that cost him the end of the regular season and the first two games of the series. They hoped he would be back for the playoffs, but time could be running out, especially if the shift to Moda Center does not produce quick benefits tonight.