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Damian Lillard: Defeating Warriors Becoming An Obsession

Apr 25, 2017 12:02 PM

Damian Lillard has developed a new obsession with trying to beat the Golden State Warriors.

"You have to be obsessed with that because you know that they're so good that they're going to be there," Lillard said after a 128-103 loss in Game 4. "That's who you're going to have to get through to get to where you want to get to. That's what it is."

Lillard had 34 points in 31 minutes in Game 4.

"I wouldn't say it was a successful year," Lillard told ESPN. "We got tested, and I think we answered the bell. I felt like we showed our true colors by the way we fought. But I wouldn't say successful. I think it was growth. A year of growth for us."

The Blazers also lost to the Warriors in the playoffs in 2016. Lillard talked about how well the Warriors play together.

"You also got to understand that if you ever want to get out of the West, you're going to have to go through them," Lillard said during his media address. "And for me, I understand that's what it is. It's always been that way in the NBA. I think about when the Pistons were just beating up on [Michael] Jordan. [They] were just kicking his butt every year, and he had to get through them if he wanted to get to where he wanted to get to. That's just what it is. [The Warriors are] going to be there. They're going to be there every year. We have to look at that and understand that we got to be better. We have to go get better,and come back better as a group if we want to move past them."

 

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Kevin Durant Returns To Warriors Lineup For Game 4

Apr 24, 2017 8:44 PM

After missing Games 2 and 3 with a calf injury, Kevin Durant was activated by the Golden State Warriors for Game 4.

The Warriors won both games without Durant.

Durant previously missed more than a month with a left knee injury.

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Steve Kerr Believes He Can Participate In Practice, Film Sessions

Apr 24, 2017 10:34 AM

With Steve Kerr dealing with ongoing headaches and nausea, he is prepared to let Mike Brown coach game nights as the Golden State Warriors continue in the playoffs. 

Kerr believes he can participate in practice and film sessions regardless.

“I don’t know if he can do this very much longer,” one NBA associate close to Kerr told The Vertical on Sunday. “He hasn’t enjoyed this one bit. Even if we haven’t talked in a bit, I can see the pain on his face.”

The fact that the Warriors have become such a special title contender has led Kerr to try to power through. His relationship with Bob Myers has also helped.

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Steve Kerr Out Indefinitely With Back Issues

Apr 23, 2017 6:33 PM

Steve Kerr says he won't be on the sidelines for Game 4 on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kerr still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries. Kerr said it's possible he won't coach again in the playoffs.

Kerr missed the first 43 games last season dealing with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and an aching neck.

"This past week for whatever reason, things got worse, and my symptoms got worse," Kerr said Sunday.

Kerr hadn't missed a game this season before Game 3.

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Steve Kerr's Illness Cause Remains Unknown

Apr 23, 2017 9:28 AM

Steve Kerr missed the Golden State Warriors' 119-113 win in Game 3 over the Portland Trail Blazers due to an undisclosed illness. There is no timetable for when he will return to the bench.

The Warriors have yet to determine whether Kerr's symptoms are related to the headaches, nausea and other complications he has endured for much of the past two seasons since his back surgery in July 2015 caused a fluid leak in his spine.

Mike Brown served as acting head coach in Kerr's place.

Kerr needed to have fluids replenished on Saturday before remaining at the team's hotel. Kerr had been feeling ill all week and appeared to give a glimpse of discomfort in Game 2 when he removed his jacket.

Stephen Curry grabbed the game ball to give to Kerr.

"‎Our coach is going through a lot right now, physically," Curry told Adande. "He told us this morning this is a situation where we need to rally and go out and win a game for him. But we felt that the way the game had gone, we had to fight and do it for him ... and the way that he said it was that we had to win one for the Gipper. So, shout out to Coach Kerr.‎"

Marcus Thompson of the Mercury News reported that Kerr had been in excruciating pain all week and could barely walk.

Kerr could miss the remainder of the first round.

“Oh no,” one source told Thompson about Kerr returning this series. “He thinks like a player does, wanting to get back. But he’s got to get right.”

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Kevin Durant Ruled Out Of Game 2 With Strained Left Calf

Apr 19, 2017 8:39 PM

Kevin Durant has been ruled out for Game 2 with a strained left calf.

Durant sustained the injury in Game 1.

Durant missed approximately six weeks with a knee injury before returning during the first week of April.

Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes are also sitting out the game.

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Stephen Curry Deletes All Social Media Apps From Phone For Playoffs

Apr 19, 2017 12:06 PM

Stephen Curry has deleted all social media apps from his phone for the playoffs.

Curry said this is the third consecutive year he has taken this approach. 

“When you’re really trying to zone in and keep your focus, you don’t want to have any unnecessary distractions during this point of the season,” Curry said. “We have goals to accomplish, and you want to make sure you’re giving your all.”

LeBron James has become known for doing the same thing before the postseason.

“I didn’t do it because he did it. I’m not reinventing the wheel,” Curry told ESPN. “It’s just a way to help me keep my focus on what’s important.”

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Kevin Durant Questionable For Game 2 With Strained Left Calf

Apr 18, 2017 5:18 PM

Kevin Durant is questionable for Game 2 due to a strained left calf.

Durant experienced some cramping during Sunday's Game 1, a 121-109 win in which Durant finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds.

Steve Kerr said Durant didn't practice on Tuesday, noting, "If he didn't practice, there's concern."

Durant previously missed 19 games with a strained MCL and a bone bruise in his left leg.

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Andre Iguodala Likely To Re-Sign With Warriors

Apr 17, 2017 8:30 PM

If the Golden State Warriors are able to retain Andre Iguodala's Bird Rights, they are almost assured of re-signing him. 

The Warriors would need Kevin Durant to take a 20 percent raise from this season's salary of $26.5 million up to $31.8 million to not need to fit him into cap space in order to re-sign Iguodala above and beyond their cap.

An NBA source said the only real open question for Iguodala to re-sign is the number of seasons on the deal with the Warriors.

“The people that need to know, they know the situation, and there’s not going to be any issue,” Iguodala said this month on Tim Kawakami's podcast.

“I didn’t say that,” Iguodala said. “But Bob and I have conversations all the time about different scenarios and different things, not just about me, but about the rest of the team..

“So I don’t see it being a big problem at all. And here right now will probably be the best place.”

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Curry Would Have Left Under Armour If They Weren't Aligned With 'Core Values'

Apr 17, 2017 10:48 AM

Stephen Curry reportedly considered walking away from his Under Armour endorsement deal worth $32 million per year through 2024 following Kevin Plank's comments about Donald Trump.

Curry spent an entire day on the phone with various Under Armour personnel, “pursuing clarification about what was going on” and “making sure everybody knew where everybody else stood on the issue.” 

Curry was satisfied with what he was told to remain with Under Armour.

“If I had come to the conclusion that the leadership of the company was not in line with my core values, and vice versa, I would have jumped off that platform,” said Curry to GQ.

Curry questioned himself on how he responded to Plank's assertion that Trump was "a real asset for the country" by saying “I agree with that description—if you remove the ‘et.’ ”

“Even then, I was worried that I had messed up—that having a playful attitude had detracted from the serious point I felt I needed to make,” Curry says. “I'm not gonna pretend that I have some long history as an activist. But I'm definitely in the camp that when it comes to athletes, whoever has a microphone in front of their face, they ought to use it.

“You know,” he adds, “I did get a lot of feedback from other believers who were disappointed in the aggression of my statement. They thought it was un-Christian of me to call [Trump] a name. Now, I understand that Jesus probably wouldn't have used that term. But He was in that temple going crazy, flipping tables.… I think that sometimes, you have to remember who you are and what you stand for and not be ashamed of that.”


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Warriors, Spurs Only Teams In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive Efficiency
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Jimmy Butler, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week
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Kevin Durant Sees Superstars Being Singled Out On Rest Issue
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Kevin Durant Progressing From Knee Injury, Will Be Re-Evaluated In 7-10 Days
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Warriors Had Interest In Trading For Kyle Lowry In 2013
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Warriors Clinch Homecourt Advantage For Finals If They Advance
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Matt Barnes Wants To Beat Kings 'By 50'
Matt Barnes signed a two-year deal in the offseason to return to his hometown.

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Warriors Optimistic Kevin Durant Will Return Before Playoffs
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Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry Dispute Report About OKC's Treatment Of Durant
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Warriors Were Upset At Thunder Leadership During Kevin Durant's Return Game
The Warriors felt Kevin Durant should have been acknowledged or thanked in a news conference setting for his time with the Thunder.

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Unnamed Warrior: We've Got Problems And It Ain't Basketball
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Stephen Curry Refuses To Use Word 'Slump'
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Andre Iguodala Fined $10,000 For Comments After Wolves' Loss
Andre Iguodala has been fined $10,000 for his comments during a postgame interview.

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Matt Barnes, Kings Mutually Made Decision On Release
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Warriors Resting Curry, Green, Thompson, Iguodala Against Spurs
Steve Kerr said his decision was strictly due to health concerns and the fact the Warriors will have been on the road for seven of their past eight games.

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