NBA playoffs: Steve Kerr to attend Game 1 vs. Spurs, report says

Steve Kerr is working his way back behind the bench.

The Warriors coach is expected to attend Game 1 against the Spurs at Oracle Arena on Sunday after missing the last few weeks due to recurring back problems, CSN Bay Area reported.

But the Warriors are the best team in the league at defending spot-up shooters, allowing just 0.90 points per possession, a reflection on the ability of their small-ball defenders to recover quickly to the perimeter and disrupt shooters. They led the league allowing only 35.0 percent shooting on spot-up shots, and their ability to close out on the likes of Green, Gasol and Leonard will determine whether San Antonio can muster the offense to stay in this series.

At full strength, the Warriors would have a challenge on their hands in this series. But with Parker now a scratch after a good start to the playoffs (15.9 points, 52.6 percent shooting) and uncertainty surrounding the status of Leonard’s ankle, the Spurs’ chances at an upset have gotten that much more remote.
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Fultz, a point guard, would have to battle for minutes behind Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart next season. While he has the ability to play off the ball as well, his size and skill set are better suited at point guard.

If Boston does select Fultz, it likely means the team will let Thomas walk when he becomes a free agent in 2018. Fans may not like that.

The Celtics are pretty deep at every position thanks to strong drafts and underrated free agent acquisitions. One area of need is in the paint. Kelly Olynyk is a restricted free agent after this season, and a team could make a big offer after his breakout postseason performance.
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