Will he or won't he? Nurkic's return still uncertain
Apr 16 2017 by Kelly Saunders
He went through the entire recovery process, but has only the 3 last regular season games under his belt before getting thrown into fierce playoff competition. That would be news and, perhaps, grounds for an National Basketball Association investigation. However, he feels the grind may help the Cavs and maybe even give them an edge. They are one of the worst-scoring teams in the National Basketball Association and may find it hard to get easy buckets if All Star Paul Millsap goes cold.
"Obviously it was fun to get a win here". The Portland Trail Blazers have won four of their last six road games.
"Steph gets banged up the first game of the playoffs which affected his whole run", Kerr said. You know, if one player doesn't win a championship, one player doesn't lose a championship. Meyers Leonard opened alongside Lillard, McCollum, Harkless and Noah Vonleh for five of the seven games Nurkic was sidelined, while Portland downsized with Al-Farouq Aminu and Vonleh up front for the two remaining occasions.
But there's genuine concern about these Cavaliers, who staggered down the stretch. "It was disappointing not to win, but we didn't make the plays we needed".
San Antonio Spurs (2) vs Memphis Grizzlies (7): The Spurs will have nightmares of these Grizzlies, who famously upset them in the First Round in 2011. Gentry said they were nursing injuries. Golden State went 3-1 against the Rockets this year in regular season play, and defeated the Rockets in five games last year during the first round of playoffs. This team will be better next season than it is today as now constructed, and Neil Olshey has three first-round picks to play with come late June. "That's all you can ask for".
He took the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, so has solid playoff experience and will add his supreme scoring to the already strong Warriors offense.
No doubt, Curry's mindset entering this postseason is completely different than it was a year ago - defending both the title and his MVP trophy.
Staring them down however is the best team in the league by a significant margin. He's been on a tear since the All-Star Break after some say he was snubbed from the team. I think they know that. That number could have easily been well over 200 if not for a contract bonus that hung over his head for the last few games of the season.
Afterward, James was serious, but spirited as he talked with reporters and assessed his team's odds in the East, where the road to the Finals figures to be much tougher than past years.
Lillard set a franchise record with 59 points on Saturday night in a 101-86 victory over the Utah Jazz. I mean it is what it is.
SB Nation'sTim Cato noted a potential Game 5 between the Warriors and Blazers would be the same date as a scheduled concert for Chance inside Oracle Arena.