Warriors Star To Begin Practicing, Reevaluation Next Week

Warriors Star To Begin Practicing, Reevaluation Next Week

Gregg Popovich remains away from the team following the death of his wife, Erin, on Wednesday.

Messina also coached Game 3 - a 110-97 loss - on Thursday.

But the Spurs are not most teams.

The 69-year-old Popovich is among the most accomplished head coaches in league history with five championships and three NBA Coach of the Year awards to his credit.

Superstar LeBron James [VIDEO], who is very fond of the #Hall of Fame coach, said on TNT, "I'm a huge Pop fan".

Missing the rest of the regular season in the process, Curry traveled to San Antonio, Texas, with his teammates for the Bay Area side's two road trips in their first round series as they now hold a 3-0 lead over the Spurs.

San Antonio did not air a video tribute or hold a moment of silence for Erin in an apparent attempt to make the game as routine as possible for its players, but that was impossible.

Meanwhile, Joel Embiid scored 23 points in his postseason debut as the Philadelphia 76ers crushed the Miami Heat 128-108 to grab a 2-1 lead in their first round playoff series.

Golden State has played without Stephen Curry, who suffered a knee injury in the regular season, while Kawhi Leonard remains out for the Spurs due to a right quadriceps injury. Having said that, it will be better if they get a fully healthy Curry rather than a hobbled and vulnerable one.

Green added 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots.

The club plans to re-evaluate Curry next Friday, but by then the Warriors might already be into the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

There is no word on when Popovich will return to the team.