It turns out that was a $30,000 rant by Grizzlies coach David Fizdale on Monday night.
That’s what the NBA fined him Wednesday for his pointed — and much-shared — critique of the officiating in Game 2 of Memphis’ first-round playoff series against the Spurs, won by San Antonio, 96-82.
Kerr said Durant didn’t practice Tuesday, and that means there is some level of concern. Kerr added that Barnes’ status for Game 2 could affect how much, if at all, Durant plays.
Durant put up 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting with 10 rebounds in Game 1. He helped lead Golden State past a feisty Portland team to a 121-109 victory. He sat out 19 games post All-Star break after injuring his knee against the Wizards on Feb. 28. He returned to the floor April 8, playing 31, 33 and 27 minutes in the Warriors’ final three regular-season games.
Losing Durant for one game against the Trail Blazers shouldn’t stop the Warriors from sending Portland home early, but calf injuries can be tough to handle. Golden State may want to play this one safe.
To be able to end it here in front of family and friends, being back home, it’s special. Just looking up and seeing my mom in the stands, she didn’t make a lot of trips to Boston, and seeing my brothers in the stands, it meant a lot to me. It’s been a long ride, it’s been a great ride, Pierce said after the game.
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Pierce is more of a veteran presence for L.A. than an actual contributor. He’s appeared in only 25 games, averaging 11 minutes. In the Clippers’ second-to-last game, Pierce played five minutes and scored 10 points, which moved him to 15th on the NBA career scoring list with 26,397 points.