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Live playoff updates tonight: Warriors vs. Blazers in Game 3 in Portland

PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH, MIGHT BE USED FOR 1A CP. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr fires up  form the sideline against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH, MIGHT BE USED FOR 1A CP. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr fires up form the sideline against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals as the Warriors look to grab a 3-0 lead over the Blazers in Portland beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Story of how Warriors’ Steve Kerr was transformed by father’s death wins prestigious award

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Bay Area News Group sportswriter Jon Wilner was announced Friday as the winner for Best Feature Story of 2015 in judging by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Wilner’s entry told the story of Warriors coach Steve Kerr and the life lessons provided by his father before his murder in 1984. Kerr had spoken sparingly about the tragedy in the 30 years that ensued.

Runners-up included entries from the New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN, and USA Today.

It is the second year in a row that the Bay Area News Group has won the Features category — widely considered the toughest to win. No news organization had produced back-to-back winners since the Washington Post in 2005-06. Daniel Brown was the 2015 winner for his story on the friendship between a young cancer patient and San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo.

Mark Conley served as editor on both stories. Conley also served as lead editor on the MLB Preview magazine that won top honors from APSE as Best Special Section.

Courtney Cronin, who recently joined the Bay Area News Group from the Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), won first place in APSE for Long Video for her series on the recruitment of Mississippi high school star Malik Newman. Cronin also took third place in beat writing.

In another contest, Best of the West, Brown won first place Features (non-Sports) for his story on Taylor Swift and her secret following of macho men.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry out for Game 3, ‘maybe a slight chance’ of playing Game 4 against Portland Trail Blazers

Golden State Warriors' Festus Ezeli (31) sits next to teammate Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) on the bench as they play the Portland Trail Blazers in the second quarter of Game 2 during the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Festus Ezeli (31) sits next to teammate Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) on the bench as they play the Portland Trail Blazers in the second quarter of Game 2 during the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Stephen Curry will not play in Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers and has “maybe a slight chance” of returning for Game 4, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday.

“He hasn’t practiced with us yet, so Game 3 tomorrow, he’s not going to play,” Kerr said on The Dan Patrick Show. “He’s getting better every day, but until he’s out on the floor with our team and scrimmaging and we’re seeing him move, and trainers say, ‘it’s a go,’ we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing. But no way tomorrow, and I would say maybe a slight chance on Monday if he gets great work in the next few days.”

Kerr on Thursday had left the door open to Curry returning for the Western Conference Finals as the series shifts to Portland. He said it was conceivable Curry could still test his sprained right knee before Game 3, practice Sunday and play in Game 4 on Monday.

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Warriors fan dressed up as the Ultimate Warrior, got on the dance cam, made incoherent postgame promo

Warriors fan Brian Tong attended Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals dressed up as the Ultimate Warrior, the late WWF championship wrestler.

That got everyone’s attention.

Tong danced during a timeout in the action with such vigor that he was featured on the Warriors’ dance cam and appeared on the video scoreboard. A sampling of his moves while in costume can be found here in this video.

A host and editor for CNET, Tong has interviewed the Warriors in a media setting in his day job.

On Tuesday night, Tong made it to television in costume, appearing to scare the bejesus out of the guy in the next seat.

Then came the Ultimate Warrior impersonation.

After the Warriors won, KRON shot him doing an Ultimate Warrior-like promo outside of Oracle Arena, and it was as bizarre and incoherent as one might expect.

“The Warriors came from the sky and took down Portland into a tailspin like the Ultimate Warriors,” Tong told the television station.

Tong pointed to the championship belt he brought to the game, pointed to it, and called out Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.

“Lillard, see this Lillard,” Tong said. “You will fall to the Ultimate Warrior.”

Tong laughed. He had some more words for the Trail Blazers on Instagram.

“Send your hopes into a tailspin of despair…the cold abyss of no return…Portland…Trailblazers…,” he wrote.

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Warriors’ Festus Ezeli planning to play in Olympic Games for Nigeria

Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli participates in the Bound for Better: Business & Basketball clinic for local high school students from College Track at Jamtown in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Ezeli, a native of Nigeria, discussed his journey to the NBA and the Warriors championship. The program, presented by Stanford Health Care and College Track,  exposes students to potential medical careers as they relate to sports. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli participates in the Bound for Better: Business & Basketball clinic for local high school students from College Track at Jamtown in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Ezeli, a native of Nigeria, discussed his journey to the NBA and the Warriors championship. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors center Festus Ezeli said he Thursday planned to play for Nigeria in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

The 6-foot-11 Ezeli was included earlier this week on a 27-player list of invitees to the Nigerian national team’s training camp.

Ezeli, who was born in Benin City and came to the United States as a teenager, will become a restricted free agent in July after declining an offer from the Warriors last fall. He is expected to land a lucrative multi-year contract despite having undergone surgeries on his left and right knee that have limited him over the past three seasons.

Ezeli, 26, averaged 7 points and 5.6 rebounds in 46 regular season games, missing nearly eight weeks while recovering from surgery to clean out debris from his left knee in February.

He said Tuesday after coming off the bench to spark the Warriors to a win in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers that he didn’t think what the performance could do for his next contract.

“So all that other stuff, the individual selfish stuff, there is really no room for that on this team,” Ezeli said.

Should Ezeli remain on the Olympic team, Ezeli and the Nigerian team would play in an exhibition game against Team USA in Houston on Aug. 1.

Nigeria has open Olympic play in the group phase with a game against Argentina on Aug. 7.

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Knee injury for Warriors’ Stephen Curry less serious than the one father Dell Curry is recovering from

Stephen Curry makes his whole family laugh, from left, sister Sydel Curry, wife Ayesha Alexander, daughter Riley Curry, mother Sonya and Father Dell during his acceptance speech for the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 4, 2015. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Stephen Curry makes his whole family laugh, from left, sister Sydel Curry, wife Ayesha, daughter Riley, mother Sonya and Father Dell during his acceptance speech for the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 4, 2015. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Stephen Curry isn’t the only member of his family to be going through a knee injury, but the one to his father, Dell Curry, is far more serious than a Grade 1 MCL sprain.

Dell Curry told 1065 The END he fell last month while getting out of the shower at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland as the Charlotte Hornets broadcaster was getting ready for the game against the Cavaliers, causing an injury worse than any he had during his entire playing career.

“I stepped out of the shower, leg slipped, there was water on the marble floor, my knee hit the doorknob,” Curry told the radio station last week. “I mean, perfect. I couldn’t do it again if I staged it. Shattered my patella tendon, tore the tendon.”

Curry said he tried to get up and fell back down before crawling to his phone and calling the Hornets’ team trainer and having to get into an ambulance.

“I knew something was wrong right away because of the pain I was feeling throughout my body,” Curry said. “Again, this is the most serious injury I’ve ever had. And then they told me three months. I didn’t believe them. I thought, ‘OK, I’m am ex-athlete. I’m in pretty good shape. I’ll cut that in half.’ No. Does not matter. It’s the knee, it’s the joint, it’s the patella, it’s the kneecap. The patella does everything in your leg. It’s the reason you can raise your leg, bend it. So you’ve got to take its time, let the tendon heal.”

Curry underwent surgery, forcing the 51-year-old to miss telecasts. He didn’t attend Tuesday’s Warriors playoff game to watch his son after the Hornets’ season had ended. Curry said he has a long way to go in his slow recovery process.

“I’ve got to keep my leg up,” Curry said. “I’m still unable to bend it at all. Big ol’ huge, heavy construction brace, so I’m kind of immobile. I’ve got to have my wife drive me to rehab and back, and it’s about all I can do. It’s a serious injury.”

Curry was feeling well enough to at least laugh about the injury.

“So I think the Cleveland Ritz, they got the wrong Curry,” Dell joked. “I think they thought my son was staying in (Room) 904 instead of me.”

“Not so much (a funny story) for me, but for my friends, my sons, my buddies, they’re going to have a lot of fun with this,” Curry added.

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VIDEO: Golden State Warriors dismantle Trail Blazers in fourth quarter comeback

Without Stephen Curry, the Warriors pulled off one of the most epic fourth quarter comeback wins of the 2015-16 season. In the playoffs, no less.

Bay Area News Group’s Courtney Cronin and Marcus Thompson break down what went wrong for the Warriors in three quarters of Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals and how Klay Thompson, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green were able to pick up the Warriors in the fourth quarter and lead GSW to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.