Warriors' Kevin Durant (calf strain) to return for Game 4

Warriors' Kevin Durant (calf strain) to return for Game 4

Warriors' Kevin Durant (calf strain) to return for Game 4

Keeping up that intensity for the rest of the game, the Warriors cruised to a 128-103 victory and in the process, swept the Blazers in the first-round.

Golden State Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr leaves shoot around before Game 4 of NBA Western Conference 1st Round Playoffs at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Monday, April 24, 2017. Curry swished a 31-foot 3-pointer that made it 104-77 late in the third quarter and the Blazers couldn't catch up. Golden State led 45-22 after one period, tying the National Basketball Association record for the most points scored in the first quarter of a playoff game.

As reported, after last night's game, Stephen Curry took the game ball with the intention of gifting it to Kerr, stating, "We've got his back".

"We have so much depth, it's kind of like a next-man up approach", Klay Thompson said.

TORONTO (AP) - Norm Powell scored a career playoff-high 25 points while Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 10 assists as the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-93 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

The most pressing health concern with the Warriors now is that of head coach Steve Kerr, who is missing his second straight game due to the return of painful symptoms related to back surgery he had almost two years ago.

Six Warriors players scored in double figures as Golden State connected on 53.5 per cent of their shots from the field, including 17 of 29 from three-point range.

Damian Lillard had 34 points for Portland. For the third game in row, Steph Curry top-scored for the 2015 Champions, scoring 37 points.

NEED TO KNOW: The Warriors can sweep the series on Monday and get a bit of rest before they'll face the victor of the first-round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz.

Kerr, 51, told reporters at Golden State's training facility on Sunday that his condition is "getting worse" and that he thinks that he could not continue coaching the Warriors at the moment.

While Kerr willstill play a coaching role (albeit a small one) however, Brown is now in charge. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101 points on 39.9 percent shooting and allowing 116.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee have been legitimate difference-makers on both ends of the floor. "Our training staff cleared him to play and if anybody can play, we're going to play him". Those symptoms have occasionally returned this season. The Hawks, who trail in the series 2-1, also got 27 points from Dennis Schroder, 20 of those in the first half, with nine assists. It was announced a few hours before Game 3 that he would stay back at the team hotel.

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