Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center.
The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact.
Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.
"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring.
"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."
Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.
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In Thursday night's Game 3, the Warriors led the Clippers 73-52 at halftime.
When he walked off the court after the first 24 minutes, Kevin Durant had scored 27 points (10-of-15 shooting) and dished out four assists.
Before the third quarter started, former Warriors forward Matt Barnes took to Twitter to let his feelings be known.
This tweet receives a 10 out of 10.
Barnes, of course, is referring to Durant's former teammate, Russell Westbrook, who went 5 of 20 from the field in Oklahoma City's Game 2 loss in Portland on Tuesday night.
Durant received a lot of backlash from the media for how he handled facing Patrick Beverley in the first two games of the NBA playoff series (mostly Game 2).
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Warriors coach Steve Kerr even told reporters that he wanted to see a much more aggressive KD in Game 3.
With his 38-point outbust, the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP gave everybody what they were looking for.
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Steve Kerr is a great coach, but his job is made easier by the fact that he has two of the NBA’s top five players in Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.
Having superstars like Durant and Curry allows Kerr to let the Warriors play freely, as he can trust his stars to handle any situation thrown at them.
Well, almost any situation.
During the first quarter of the Warriors' 132-105 shellacking of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round NBA playoff series Thursday night, Durant was hit with two early fouls. Normally, this would force a coach to sit his star player so he doesn't pick up a third foul.
But Kerr stuck with Durant in a show of faith, one he might not give Curry.
"We trust him to play with fouls,” Kerr said after the game. “Not sure I trust Steph to play with fouls, but I trust Kevin.”
Curry has picked up a few unnecessary fouls early in the series, getting caught reaching in when he would be well served to play straight up and avoid having to sit on the bench due to foul trouble.
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Kerr didn't follow his own intuition Thursday, though, as he elected to also leave Curry in the game after the guard picked up two early fouls.
Both Durant and Curry rewarded Kerr's faith in them.
Durant poured in 38 points, and Curry spearheaded a late first-quarter run that stretched the Warriors’ lead to 20 and put the game out of reach early.