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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday he won't return to the sideline until he can find a remedy for the painful symptoms he's experiencing due to complications from back surgery almost two years ago.

He acknowledged this could keep him out the remainder of the playoffs.

"This is not going to be a case where I'm coaching one night and not coaching the next," Kerr said. "I'm not going to do that to our team, to our staff. We're hoping that over the next week or two, or whatever it is, I can start to make a definitive realization, a reduction, or just feel it that I'm going to do this or not."

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Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic said after Saturday's Game 3 loss that he tried to play through the pain of a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Center 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.

He returned for Saturday night's 119-113 Portland loss in Game 3, putting up two points and 11 rebounds in under 17 minutes of play.

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Houston Rockets forward Patrick Beverley says he didn't feel protected by the NBA after a second-quarter incident with a fan in Oklahoma City on Friday night, so after the game he needed to "address the situation before it gets out of hand."

On Sunday, Beverley was fined $25,000 by the NBA for confronting the fan, who has been identified as the son of one of the minority owners of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Beverley said he didn't think the fan's relationship to the organization had anything to do with the fine. Beverley's issue was with the way the fan yelled at him while he was on the ground, in front of the fan's courtside seat, after a foul.

"I'm OK with the hazing. I'm OK with the boos. I'm OK with other fans rooting for their team. But I'm not OK with the blatant disrespect while I'm on the ground after a foul and a fan is yelling out to me, 'F-you Patrick Beverley, F-you Patrick Beverley, F-you Patrick Beverley,' and waving a clapper in my face," Beverley said Sunday afternoon, before the Rockets played the Thunder in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.

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Draymond Green has mastered the 'art' of trash talking (April 24, 2017)
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Draymond Green goes up to attempt to block Blazers forward Maurice Harkless' shot. Jaime Valdez/USA Today Sports

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is establishing himself as arguably the best trash-talker in the NBA.

“I absolutely love it,” Green told ESPN after the Warriors overcame a 17-point deficit on Saturday to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113, taking a commanding 3-0 series lead. “I’ve been doing this for a very long time. There’s an art to trash-talking.”

Green finished the evening with an impressive stat line of nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a game-high six blocks, but his verbal psychological edge was just as effective.

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Rajon Rondo fined $25,000 for trying to trip Jae Crowder (April 24, 2017)
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Rajon Rondo watched from the bench Friday night, a place he expects to be for about two weeks if the Bulls march on in the playoffs. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo was fined $25,000 for sticking out his leg from the bench in an attempt to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder on Friday.

Rondo was on the bench after suffering a right thumb fracture in Game 2. The Bulls are up 2-1 in the series; Game 4 is Sunday night, and Rondo said he will be out a "couple weeks."

NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the fine.

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NBA fines Patrick Beverley over fan altercation (April 24, 2017)
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The NBA has fined Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 over his interaction with a fan during Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs Friday night, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced Sunday.

In the first half, Beverley got knocked down after attempting a layup and landed at a fan's feet. The fan was identified as Stuart Scaramucci, son of Oklahoma City Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci. Beverley got up and immediately started to complain about Scaramucci.

He pointed at Scaramucci as referee Scott Foster and several Rockets went to help him up. After the game, Beverley approached Scaramucci, who was sitting behind the basket, and they got into a heated discussion.

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David Fizdale: Taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard (April 24, 2017)
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Despite taking the loss to the Grizzlies, Kawhi Leonard put on a legendary show, scoring the Spurs' final 16 points in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was quite candid about San Antonio Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard's electric performance in Memphis' 110-108 overtime victory in Game 4 on Saturday.

"Honestly, I'm taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard," Fizdale said during his postgame news conference. "I've tried everything, and the guy's just ..." Fizdale then paused to release a dramatic sigh.

Leonard contributed 43 points for a career playoff high in a losing effort for the Spurs. He rallied the Spurs by scoring San Antonio's final 16 points of regulation but missed a 21-footer short of the rim with James Ennis III defending him just before the buzzer. Leonard also tied the game at 108 with 17 seconds left in overtime on a 3 from the left corner.

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