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Ailing Kerr won't coach in Game 4

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Ailing Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he won't be on the sidelines for Game 4 on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers because of symptoms stemming from back surgery.

Kerr stayed behind at the team hotel for Saturday night's Game 3 at Portland's Moda Center. Assistant Mike Brown took over and the Warriors overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to win 119-113 and go up 3-0 in the first-round series.

Golden State can sweep with a victory Monday night.

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Bulls to start Canaan at PG in Game 5

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls will start seldom-used point guard Isaiah Canaan in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the lineup switch on Monday.

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Clippers backup G Rivers back for Game 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers will be getting reserve guard Austin Rivers back for Game 5 against the Utah Jazz.

Coach Doc Rivers said his son's minutes would be restricted when the first-round series resumes on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The best-of-7 contest is tied 2-2.

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George's future may dictate Pacers' fate

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The questions started less than an hour after the Indiana Pacers season officially ended.

Will Paul George commit to playing for the Pacers beyond next season? Will Jeff Teague re-sign with his hometown team? What does Indiana really need to become a championship contender?

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Bird pushes Pacers' ASG bid in Indy car

NEW YORK (AP) Indiana wants the NBA All-Star Game and sent Larry Bird to get it - in an Indy car.

Bird drove four blocks down Fifth Avenue in his specially themed car to deliver the Pacers' bid to host the 2021 game to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, fitting his 6-foot-9 frame into a car usually driven by much shorter people.

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Rockets lead 3-1, Westbrook has 35-14-14

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) James Harden's shot was off, and one of the most unlikely players on Houston's roster came to the rescue.

Nene scored 28 points on perfect shooting from the field, and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

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Westbrook defends teammates during rant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets.

A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City's tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the second half. It happened again on Sunday -- the Thunder were outscored 13-4 in a stretch that lasted from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth. The lapse turned a 75-68 lead into an 81-79 deficit.

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Thomas has 33, Celtics even series at 2

CHICAGO (AP) Isaiah Thomas is playing through tears after the death of his sister, drawing strength from the rest of the Boston Celtics.

They found another gear in Chicago.

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Jazz beat Clippers to knot series at 2

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Joe Johnson saved the Utah Jazz - again.

"Iso Joe" has become a major problem for the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Trail Blazers' Nurkic back on shelf

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jusuf Nurkic won't play for the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

Nurkic missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two playoff games at Golden State because of a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg.

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