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Warriors without Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr for Game 3; Jusuf Nurkic returns

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kevin Durant and Steve Kerr were both out for the Golden State Warriors in Saturday night's 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers.

Durant missed his second straight game in the Western Conference first-round seriesdue to a left calf strain.

Kerr, meanwhile, did not coach because he is sick.

Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) andShaun Livingston (right index finger sprain and hand contusion) also were out for Golden State.

Portland saw the return ofJusuf Nurkic, who had 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, started at center.

Nurkic, known as the Bosian Beast, played limited minutes and contributed two points and 11 rebounds.

Durant had participated in Saturday's morning shootaround and had been listed as questionable entering Game 3.

He suffered the calf injury in the second half of Golden State's Game 1 victory on Sunday. Without him in Game 2 on Wednesday, the Warriors trounced the Trail Blazers 110-81.

Durant said he felt good following practice on Friday but admitted frustration in being hobbled again. He missed five weeks late in the regular season with a left knee injury.

Kerr, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, missed the team's morning shootaround on Saturday.

The Warriors practiced in Oakland on Friday before flying to Portland, and Kerr clearly wasn't feeling well then. The 51-year-old Kerr still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries after the franchise's run to the 2015 championship. He missed the first 43 games last season dealing with headaches, nausea and an aching neck.

Top assistant Mike Brown coached Golden State instead led the team.

Nurkic said it was his decision to play. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic would start but his minutes would be restricted.

"I definitely wanted to play," Nuckic said before the game. "I wanted to give it a shot. I wanted to try."

Nurkic, traded to Portland on Feb. 12 from the Denver Nuggets, was averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20 regular-season games with the Blazers.

He is credited with helping Portland's post-All-Star break surge, when the team went 18-8 and finished at .500. With the big man in the starting lineup, Portland was 14-5.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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