Warriors coach Kerr ill, misses Game Three

The Portland Trail Blazers (41-41) will host the Golden State Warriors (67-15) in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday evening.

April 22, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) gives help to teammates from the bench against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Stephen Curry, 29, and his Warriors squad had the best regular season record in the National Basketball Association with 67 wins alongside only 15 losses.

The back-to-back MVP hit a dagger three-pointer with about a minute remaining that practically sealed the game but he said he wasn't looking to be the hero on the night, he just wanted the win.

The Warriors lead the series 2-0. Kerr had been feeling ill all week and appeared to give a glimpse of discomfort in Game 2 when he removed his jacket.

It's unclear whether Durant will return for Monday's Game 4.

Curry told ESPN immediately after the game that he grabbed the game ball following the final buzzer to present to Kerr. "You might need to force the issue". You work so hard to get back.

Curry scored 34 points, and Thompson added 24. A 19-1 run in the third quarter brought the Warriors back. It had yet to be determined whether Kerr would be on the team bus to the arena.

The worst part, the Warriors don't yet know what is going on.

Blazers Lineups: PG Damian Lillard, SG C.J. McCollum, SF Evan Turner, PF Maurice Harkless, C Noah Vonleh.

Golden State has not yet played a complete game. But Kerr did coach all 82 regular-season games this season.

After the game Saturday, the 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast to fans said he was in pain.

The Warriors routed the Blazers 110-81 in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

The Warriors have missed their superstar forward Kevin Durant over the past two games. A 16-point lead in the third quarter felt like they had it won. He wrapped it up with four straight free throws in the final 14 seconds. Portland had a 29-14 edge on the boards and were 8 for 13 from 3-point range. A series of Andre Iguodala dunks - four in the second half - had the Warriors up 104-100 with 61 seconds left. His replacement was assistant coach Mike Brown.

"I definitely wanted to play", Nuckic said.

"Making them feel us a little bit".

Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain and hand contusion) also were out for Golden State.