However, he said the coaching and medical staffs opted to play things safe. "I've got to just keep shooting the ball and wait until it starts falling for me", he said Friday at the Blazers' practice facility.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate during the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 16, 2017.
With their backs against the wall in Game 3 and Durant likely to either be sitting out or limited in action, this may be the Trail Blazers' best chance in the series to prevent a sweep with an upset.
Golden State enters the game up 2-0 on Portland and should be fine with Brown as temporary head coach.
The Warriors have established a 2-0 lead in the series following a 110-81 win in Game 2 on Wednesday. He scored 36 points, grabbed a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and finishing with nine assists, one short of his second postseason triple-double.
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"I thought our defense was active, and guys were picking each other up", coach Jason Kidd said.
After missing 19 games with a left knee injury then returning for the final three regular-season contests, the Warriors certainly aren't going to take any risks with KD. Golden State fans hope he doesn't have too much free time on his hands to make music as they pursue a third straight win against Portland in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Portland is 2-12 SU and 6-8 ATS in its last 14 games against Golden State, but only five of those games were at home.
"We knew we had to take (some) punches, but it was a flurry, more than we expected", James said.
"It wasn't about the last two playoff series we've had against them", Conley said. It's a 48-minute game, and to win we had to come out (of halftime) with even more urgency against that team and we didn't do that. Houston had balance, they had a team effort on both ends.