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Curry did work on the side while the Warriors practiced Thursday but couldn't yet do any of the scrimmaging that the medical staff and coaches want to see before he is cleared to return.

"It's tough to see him playing Saturday,'' coach Steve Kerr said. "He's gotten better and better each day.''

In fact, Kerr said "probably not'' when asked about Curry playing Saturday. Game 4 on Monday is still a conceivable option if Curry keeps making good progress.

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"I don't think there's any place in our game to take someone out if they're playing well," Lue said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. "I think you can take it upon yourself to play harder and do things to stop it or stop a team from playing well.

"But when it gets into trying to hurt guys or trying to take guys out, that's just not right. Hopefully the referees will keep an eye on it and make sure it's a clean game. We don't mind if it's a physical game, but clean and everything that they do and we do is basketball related. I don't believe in taking guys out and trying to hurt guys because a team or a player is playing well."

Charles Oakley, a Cleveland native and a former playing opponent of Barkley's, also took exception with what the Hall of Famer said.

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By publicly hitting its officials with a #wellactually through its last two minutes reports, the NBA keeps the focus on officiating for an extra news cycle and makes the referees appear worse than they are.

And it doesn't accomplish anything.

If the NBA wanted the officiating reports to have weight, it would allow for games to be replayed when end-of-game calls are determined to be erroneous. And that would be too complicated.

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The team said Wall had a procedure done to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon to eliminate pain and help him heal. He also underwent an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee to remove loose bodies.

Wall's chances of playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics are likely over as a result. He was named among the 30 finalists for the national team roster.

Wall set career highs with 19.9 points, 10.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals a game this past season. He had a career-best 49 double-doubles in 77 games.

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"Decided it's time for a new voice around here," Bird said. "Sometimes my job really sucks. I had time to think about it and watch the team throughout the year. I had higher expectations than most people on how our team should play. I came to a conclusion it's time for these guys to hear a new voice. Made a decision not to renew [Vogel's contract]."

In six seasons as Pacers coach, Vogel had a 250-181 regular-season record and 31-30 playoff record, including losing in Game 7 of the first round to Toronto this season.

"During my time with the Pacers, we made a lot of positive memories and none of that would have been possible without the support of Larry, the front office and all of the players I had the opportunity to coach," Vogel said in a statement later Thursday. "We consistently battled through thick and thin, and that is something that I am very proud of."

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You don't need me to tell you that Jackson is on vacation at the moment.

The interesting thing here is this: League sources say some people involved in the Knicks' coaching search have been informed that Jackson is away right now. The implication is that the search is on hold.

Of course, this could be Jackson's way of distancing himself from certain candidates. If not, it's an odd time to take a break from the search.

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Sources told ESPN.com that McHale, who had recently engaged in exploratory conversations with the Kings, has informed them that he no longer wishes to pursue the post.

The Kings are in the midst of a broad, deliberate coaching search, with interviews scheduled this week with David Blatt, Jeff Hornacek, Patrick Ewing, Mark Jackson and current Sacramento assistant Corliss Williamson.

The Kings have previously interviewed Sam Mitchell, Vinny Del Negro and Mike Woodson and have likewise received permission from San Antonio to meet with Spurs assistants Ettore Messina and James Borrego in the near future.

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