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Matt Barnes Wants To Beat Kings 'By 50'

Mar 24, 2017 11:55 AM

Matt Barnes will have his first opportunity to play the Sacramento Kings since he was released by the team in February. Barnes and the Golden State Warriors host the Kings on Friday.

“I’m trying to kill them,” said Barnes. “Plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there.”

Barnes signed a two-year deal in the offseason to return to his hometown.

“It was frustrating because being back home and really taking pride in trying to put that team back on the map, and then just in a day’s time you’re no longer a part of the organization,” Barnes told the Sacramento Bee. “It was kind of a rude awakening.”

Barnes is averaging 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 11 games with his new team.

“They’re the enemy now,” Barnes said of the Kings. “We’re trying to kill them, beat them by 50.”

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

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Warriors Optimistic Kevin Durant Will Return Before Playoffs

Mar 22, 2017 4:39 PM

The Golden State Warriors are optimistic Kevin Durant will return from his knee injury before the end of the regular season.

Durant is roughly at the halfway point of his recovery but the Warriors are encouraged by the progress he's made.

Durant suffered a sprained MCL and tibial bone bruise in his left knee on Feb. 28th.

An official update from the Warriors on Durant's progress is expected mid-to-late next week. 

At the time Durant suffered the injuries, Golden State announced that he would be "out of action indefinitely" but added that "it has not been ruled out that he could play again before the end of the regular season." 

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Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry Dispute Report About OKC's Treatment Of Durant

Mar 20, 2017 3:33 PM

Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry disputed a report that the Golden State Warriors were frustrated with how the Oklahoma City Thunder organization handled the return of Kevin Durant last month.

"I don't agree," Kerr said. "[Thunder GM] Sam Presti's a friend of mine. I know [Thunder chairman] Clay Bennett, it's a class organization all the way. So I don't really pay any attention to a story like that unless there's an actual name that's put on, so, I assume it's just sources? Sources? So I don't know who that is. It's nobody with the Warriors. So, we have great respect for the Thunder. Sam's been a friend of mine forever. They're first class, so I don't know where that comes from."

Kerr said "emotional returns or farewells" in the NBA have become "routine" because "guys get traded, they get cut, they sign elsewhere as free agents."

"This league is a very interesting place all the way through. Certain stories that don't need to see the light of day, don't need to have any life kind of breathed into them, are somehow the most popular. It's kind of how it goes," he said. "To me it's kind of comical. Just what can be put on a spotlight during an 82-game year, and at the end of the day we're all just trying to win games and enjoy what we do for a living and that's it."

Curry said he wasn't surprised by the story.

"I actually look forward to waking up and seeing what ridiculousness is posted," he said.

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Warriors Were Upset At Thunder Leadership During Kevin Durant's Return Game

Mar 20, 2017 1:29 AM

The Golden State Warriors organization was furious and bewildered about the inactivity from Oklahoma City Thunder leadership leading up to Kevin Durant's return contest on Feb. 11.

The Warriors were of the mindset that someone from ownership or management should have addressed the media on Durant's behalf to help ease the tension upon his return.

The Warriors felt Durant should have been acknowledged or thanked in a news conference setting for his time with the Thunder.

The Thunder's silence contributed to the raw emotions, outrage and indignation that created an unsettling, hostile atmosphere, according to the Warriors.

There was no mention from the in-game operations staff about Durant's return.

"When Kevin made the decision to leave and move on from Oklahoma and the Thunder, we responded in a manner that is consistent with how the Thunder tries to conduct itself, and I am incredibly proud of the people across our entire organization and the professionalism they have demonstrated," Thunder general manager Sam Presti told ESPN's Royce Young leading up to the Warriors' first game in Oklahoma City earlier this season. "They have embraced Kevin's past with the Thunder while sensibly and passionately investing in those that stand with us as we continue our work in Oklahoma with an inspired and positive outlook.

"We are fortunate to have people like Russell, Nick, Steven and Billy in place, individuals who care deeply about the Thunder and what it stands for in our community and who are proud of their contributions to date, yet driven and honored to write our next chapter together."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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Unnamed Warrior: We've Got Problems And It Ain't Basketball

Mar 15, 2017 6:51 PM

The Golden State Warriors have already lost five more games this season than they did in all of 15-16 and the joy in which they've played the game hasn't been as prevalent. 

The Warriors signed Kevin Durant in the offseason, who is out with a knee injury. Since Durant's injury, the Warriors have lost five of their past eight games.

"Is this malaise of theirs about not feeling motivated, not thinking they have something to play for," said Strauss on the True Hoop Pod. "Is it just being tired? There's one guy in particular on the team that keeps saying the same thing to me, and I can't say who he is, but he keeps saying 'We've got problems and it ain't basketball.'"

Durant, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston will be free agents in the offseason.

"The Luke Walton question is an interesting one. I think what happened with Luke Walton in some ways speaks to some of the issues this team has where his success undermined Kerr's authority," said Strauss. "They played the best basketball they ever had when Kerr was not coaching the team, when Luke was letting them do a lot of what they really wanted and Draymond (Green) was essentially player-coach and that has ratcheted up the tension, I believe, between those two figures. And so it's so hard to say. Is it because they miss Luke Walton? Or Luke Walton's presence on the team and the success that came with it came to haunt them in some way."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

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Stephen Curry Refuses To Use Word 'Slump'

Mar 14, 2017 3:01 PM

Stephen Curry has made just 18 of his past 76 three-pointers, a percentage of 23.7.

Curry is the fourth most accurate three-point shooter in NBA history.

“I never really use that word,” Curry said. “Because a slump to me almost (sounds) like you’re losing confidence. Obviously I’d like to shoot better, make shots, make more shots. But I woke up this morning not worrying about what’s happening the past four or five games.”

Curry was asked if this is as extended of a cold streak as he can remember enduring.

“I’m sure somebody can do some advanced analytics on that. The narrative’s different based on how I’ve been shooting. So this is different. I’m cool with that.”

Curry doesn't feel like there's anything mechanically wrong with his shot.

“It’s felt OK. There’s nothing mechanically that’s wrong. There’s nothing I’m searching or wondering about. It’s more just you get a wide open shot, you got to knock it down. It’s a make or miss league. I’m not immune to that at all either.”

Curry was also asked if he feels like any of his off-court obligations are interfering with his basketball.

“There’s a process to how I handle off-court stuff that I stick to. There’s a high demand on my time and you try to protect it at all costs. There are busier weeks than others. But my first job is to play basketball. That is my focus and my priority. Nothing trumps it when it comes to that. Pretty much from now until the end of the year, there’s not much going on.”

 

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

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Andre Iguodala Fined $10,000 For Comments After Wolves' Loss

Mar 13, 2017 4:40 PM

Andre Iguodala has been fined $10,000 for his comments during a postgame interview following the Golden State Warriors' 103-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Iguodala was asked if he knew before the game that he would rest in their game the next night against the Spurs.

“Nope, no clue. I do what master say.” 

Asked about what led to the loss, Iguodala said, “We gotta score more than the other team. Yep, they want dumb n----s, so I’m going to give y’all a dumb n----.”

After the game, he tweeted “#ForTheCulture.”

Iguodala spoke with the media minutes before his fine was announced.

“It probably was the wrong time to express myself,” Iguodala said on Monday. “We all have our own opinions. We all have our own feelings. I feel like we’re entitled to them. We just try to pick and choose the time to do it and who you share it with. Because some may not understand where you’re coming from, which is to be expected. I feel like it’s the wrong time because it puts my team in the situation and my coaching staff in that situation. I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr. And he knows that. He spoke to you guys about it. But Steve in his words still may not be…someone still may not believe him. But he and I are in a great place. We don’t even have to speak about it because in no way shape or form was I talking about him.”

Kerr said he discussed the situation with Iguodala, wanted to keep that conversation private but didn’t take exception to what was said.

“He wasn’t talking about me,” Kerr said. “I wasn’t the slightest bit offended. As I mentioned the other night, he has a very cryptic sense of humor. The only thing I’d say, there’s certain humorous things you should say in the sanctity of the locker room and there’s certain humorous things you might want to keep from the media. That was one of them and he knows that.”

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Matt Barnes, Kings Mutually Made Decision On Release

Mar 12, 2017 11:56 AM

The Sacramento Kings waived Matt Barnes to create a roster spot following the DeMarcus Cousins trade despite owning a $6.4 million option for 17-18.

Barnes was a veteran presence to help the Kings push for the playoffs with DeMarcus Cousins.

“They were so adamant in not trading DeMarcus, so once they traded him, my mind-set is they’re starting over and my mind-set is also I’m too old to start over,” Barnes said. “So Vlade [Divac, the Kings’ general manager] had that understanding and the next day we spoke and it was a mutual, ‘Hey, I understand it’s a business and I want to win.’ And he understood that. So from there guys started calling me.”

Barnes received interest from the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. Barnes signed with the Warriors following the injury to Kevin Durant.

“So, it was a waiting game,” Barnes said. “I just stayed ready, working out in LA, hanging with my kids. I got a call when I was at their [basketball] practice and then coach [Steve] Kerr called me at about 10 o’clock that night and I was on a plane to Chicago the next day.”

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Warriors Resting Curry, Green, Thompson, Iguodala Against Spurs

Mar 11, 2017 4:36 PM

The Golden State Warriors will rest Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala for the Golden State Warriors' Saturday game against the San Antonio Spurs.

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.

"We're going to get [to San Antonio] at 3 a.m.," Kerr said. "Those guys are all playing big minutes, and this would give them three days before our home game, and then we'll have a whole week at home next week and a chance to get recharged.

"It's my call, and it's the right thing to do in terms of the way the season is playing out and the way the minutes have gone and KD's injury. It's the right thing to do, so we're doing it."

Iguodala was asked whether he knew before Friday's game that Kerr would be resting him against the Spurs.

"Nope, no clue," he said. "I do what master say."

Some interpreted the remark as a shot at Kerr. Iguodala later clarified his remark to ESPN, saying it was in no way a shot directed at Kerr and that it was only an inside locker room joke.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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Kevin Durant Optimistic About Return From Knee Injury

Mar 9, 2017 12:02 PM

There is a sense of optimism surrounding the injury of Kevin Durant. Durant was diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise.

The Warriors stated that Durant would be re-evaluated in four weeks and there was hope he could return before the regular season ends on April 12.

“It was a crucial probably 30 minutes where I thought that I’d have to go through this long rehab to get back onto the court,” Durant said when talking to the media for the first time since the injury. “And then I got a call that said it wasn’t as bad, so, that kind of eased my mind a little bit. But like I said, either way, I knew it’s something I had to conquer. I knew it’s something I had to work extremely hard to get back. I still do, no matter what, and I’ve been through it before.

“So, it’s a reason that I’m here now is that I work extremely hard and it’s nothing different. It’s just trying to get my knee right and get my body right. And hopefully I’ll be back to play soon.”

Durant declined to give any details about his possible return date. He declined to answer whether he was using cryogenic chamber therapy, which has a reputation as an effective recovery therapy for athletes. 

“I just do treatment on my knee and lift weights,” Durant said. “I shoot in a chair. I shot in a chair the other day. I have to keep the jumper right. That’s what I’ve been doing, and I’m sure that’s what I’ll be doing the next few days, but the next two weeks, I really don’t know. I’m just taking it a day at a time. We’ll see what happens, man.

“I’m looking forward to conquering this thing and getting better day by day and putting in the work every single day and getting out there and playing and enjoying the game with my teammates and playing in front of these fans. We’ll see what happens the next few weeks.”

“I told him six weeks goes by pretty quick. He has a long life ahead of him. It would be great if we could get him back in the last week of the regular season or so, but we’ll just have to wait and see,” Steve Kerr said.

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Steve Kerr 'Won't Run Guys Ragged' To Get Warriors No. 1 Seed
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Kevin Durant Out Four Weeks With MCL Sprain, Bone Bruise In Left Knee
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