By the end of the evening, Mitchell was in retreat, saying that on a team as successful as the Warriors, “Steve Kerr has that luxury.” On the same set, former NBA guard Steve Smith said he would have preferred to see an assistant coach replace Kerr. “It’s somewhat embarrassing, but the NBA is a no-mercy league,” Smith said. “Nobody’s gonna have pity on you. Just tell your team to remember that time a coach let his players coach against you. Make it fuel for you to get better. And get revenge the next time you play.”
May 26, 2018 | 10:03 pm EDT Update
Ramona Shelburne: Chris Paul is not playing in this game, but he is dressed. Mike D’Antoni joked with @ESPNRadio there needs to keep a buffer between him and CP so he doesn’t get tempted to send him in.
James Harden’s now-done drought of 22 straight missed 3s is the second longest such streak in the playoffs over the last 20 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info research. Robert Horry missed 24 straight in 2003.