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Draymond Green Assessed Flagrant Foul 1 For Collision With LeBron James

Jan 16, 2017 10:58 PM

Draymond Green was called for a flagrant foul 1 after a hard collision with LeBron James during the second quarter of the Golden State Warriors' 126-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James was in a full sprint in transition when Green tried to cut him off near half court. Green ran shoulder-first into James' chest area, and James then fell to the floor upon contact.

Teammates from both sides converged on the incident, and words were exchanged. After the officials reviewed the play, Green was assessed the flagrant 1.

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Cavs Briefly Considered Sitting Big 3 For MLK Game Against Warriors

Jan 16, 2017 12:14 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers briefly considered sitting LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Cavaliers have won four straight against the Warriors and sitting the trio would have meant they'd still have that winning streak essentially intact if they meet in The Finals in June.

The Cavs ultimately decided "the desire to improve and gain valuable repetition against one of the NBA's elite teams trumped that logic."

Cleveland beat the Warriors on Christmas Day in a come from behind victory.

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Cavs +8.9 Points Per 100 Against Warriors During Four-Game Streak

Jan 16, 2017 11:53 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four straight games against the Golden State Warriors, dating back to Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

On average, Cleveland is scoring 111.8 points per 100 possessions during the streak against 102.9 for Golden State.

Points per 100 Possessions (CLE/GSW)
June 13 (Game 5): 113.2 / 98.0
June 16 (Game 6): 122.5 / 107.5
June 19 (Game 7): 102.5 / 98.1
Dec. 25, 2016: 108.9 / 107.9

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Stephen Curry Can't Envision Himself Leaving Warriors In Offseason

Jan 16, 2017 10:27 AM

Stephen Curry doesn't object to being the fourth-highest paid player on the Golden State Warriors this season.

"One thing my pops always told me is you never count another man's money," Curry said. "It's what you've got and how you take care of it. And if I'm complaining about $44 million over four years, then I've got other issues in my life."

Curry and the Warriors agreed to a four-year, $44 million extension in 2012.

Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant all earn more than Curry.

Golden State can offer him a five-year deal for about $210 million. Other suitors can present only a four-year pact at approximately $140 million.

Curry can't envision leaving the Warriors in the offseason.

"I can't," Curry said. "Like I've said from Day 1, when I was first asked about free agency, this is a perfect place to play. Bay Area fans are amazing, our organization's amazing, we've put together an amazing team that's competing for championships every year. ... There's really no reason that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere."

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LeBron James: Warriors Have Been NBA's Best Team, Not A Rival

Jan 14, 2017 9:26 PM

LeBron James attempted to downplay the sense of the Cleveland Cavaliers' rivalry with the Golden State Warriors while also praising their run of success.

"We don't look at it as a rival," James said. "They're a great team. They've been the best team the last couple years, last three years."

The Cavaliers will play the Warriors on Monday for the second time this season, and have met in each of the past two Finals.

"It's just the next game, it's Golden State," James said. "They're a helluva team, like I said the best team in the league and they've been that way the last three years, four years, however long it's been, I'm not quite sure. But, listen, you guys know, we don't put all our eggs in one basket for one game."

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Klay Thompson Not Thinking Ahead To Possible Extension In 2018

Jan 12, 2017 11:47 AM

Klay Thompson was asked about the possibility of signing a contract extension with the Golden State Warriors in 2018 and playing his entire career with the franchise.

“I try not to think that are ahead, but I'd love to be here for as long as I can," said Thompson. "What we've built here is so special, and I love living in the Bay Area, so that would be a huge priority of mine … I just feel like if I play hard and work hard every day, I'll get rewarded no matter what I do, so I'm not going to get caught up with the numbers and how much money I could potentially make because it'll all come around. You've just got to stay humble and be appreciative of what I have. And if I keep working this hard, I'll be rewarded.

“I think I was raised right, with my Dad (Mychal Thompson, the two-time champion with the Lakers and current broadcaster and radio personality) telling me not to play this game for money but play for the love of it and you'll be rewarded … I'm happy the way NBA players get paid; we deserve it for the revenue we bring in for this league, and I'm just thankful I'm here. I know if I just keep doing what I do, I'll be rewarded hopefully for a long time.”

Thompson calls his career trajectory surreal.

“It's just surreal. You look back on it, playing for team USA, starting shooting guard for Team USA, then being a starting shooting guard on a championship team, and even starting an All-Star game," he said. "I never would have envisioned this, (that) within six years of my career, and the success our team has had (this would happen).

“So for me, I pinch myself all the time, and I'm so thankful I get to come to work today. I tell myself every day, 'I get to work out for a living and put a ball in a hoop.' That really helps me ... I couldn't imagine what else I would do if it wasn't for hoops, so I'm very thankful I'm in this position. That's why I just work so hard is because I don't want to slip back, per se, or not be at this level anymore, because I've seen how much fun it is playing in front of 20,000 people every night, having endless media coverage, it's amazing. When I was in the league (early), it was the Miami Heat - they were obviously with that Big Three and what they were doing, that game was always the game. Now it's when the Warriors come to town, it's like the circus is in town. It's pretty exciting, and that's why I work so hard, that's why everybody works so hard is because we don't want to not be at this level anymore. We've been here, we've seen it, and we just want to build something special here.”

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Stephen Curry Finds 'Slump' Talk 'Comical'

Jan 10, 2017 11:09 AM

Stephen Curry believes some of the criticism he's received is an overreaction to his back-to-back MVPs.

"Yeah, I heard the words 'slump' and 'down year' and all sorts of other ways to describe something that wasn't really a problem for me," Curry told ESPN. "I obviously hold myself to the highest standard. Still, at this point, I'm not at the numbers I was last year, but I'm not worried about that because it's a different year. Every shot I take, I have confidence I'm going to make it, and over the course of the season, I expect that to show itself as we go along."

Curry is averaging 24.8 points per game and shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, the lowest long distance mark of his career. 

Curry was honored as the Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 31.8 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds for games played from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8.

"There's a lot of scrutiny over something, to me, that wasn't really an issue -- knowing that it will all average out, most likely," Curry told ESPN. "I try to get better from year to year, so if you survey it from that standpoint just off of raw numbers, I'm not achieving my goal right now. But there are a lot of things that go into it, obviously."

Curry finds it humorous to suggest he has been "in a slump."

"That is the one that's most comical, because if you look at the numbers at that point, in the politest way, I'll take those slump numbers any day of the week," Curry told ESPN. "But I know it's a long year and a lot more games to play. I try not to get caught up in that nonsense. It's a roller-coaster ride of a season. It is what it is."

Steve Kerr compared what Curry is experiencing to that of a baseball legend.

"If people think that you're just supposed to do that every year, that's crazy," Kerr told ESPN. "Ted Williams didn't hit .400 every year, but every year he hit about .350, .360, and that's what Steph is doing. The expectations on Steph are outrageous."

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Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler Named Players Of The Week

Jan 9, 2017 3:07 PM

Stephen Curry and Jimmy Butler have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Jan. 2nd and Jan. 8th.

Butler averaged 38 ppg, 9.3 rpg 6.3 apg for the week, while Curry averaged 31.8 ppg, 5.5 apg and 4.5 rpg.

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Warriors, Rockets Have Interest In Mike Dunleavy Jr. If Bought Out

Jan 9, 2017 2:37 PM

The Golden State Warriors would consider signing Mike Dunleavy Jr. if he secures a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks.

Dunleavy was included in the Cleveland Cavaliers' trade for Kyle Korver.

Dunleavy is trying to negotiate a buyout from the Hawks.

The Warriors drafted Dunleavy with the third overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft and spent several seasons with the franchise before he was traded to the Indiana Pacers during the 06-07 season.

According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, the Rockets also have interest in Dunleavy and even tried to trade for him within the past few weeks.

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Matt Barnes Thought Return To Clippers In 2016 Was 'Done Deal'

Jan 7, 2017 5:33 PM

Matt Barnes was close to signing with the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, while he also considered the Golden State Warriors before signing with the Sacramento Kings.

“It came down to the Clippers, Warriors, and Sacramento kind of jumped in late,” he said. “[Coming home] was always something I wanted to do. I just didn’t know it was going to happen. I just happened to be home for the Fourth of July visiting my family and I signed. It was kind ironic that I just happened to be in Sacramento when they called.”

 

Barnes signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Kings.

“I thought it was a done deal, I was going to the Clippers,” said Barnes. “The day before I was supposed to meet with Doc (Rivers), they decided to go in another direction with Wesley Johnson. That was obviously my first choice at the time, to be close to my kids. Golden State was always a choice; they just didn’t have very much money. I’ve always been the guy to take less money to play on a better team, but the price gap was too far on this one.

“It’s always been a dream and a goal of mine to come back home at some point. To get a chance to play with DeMarcus, Rudy [Gay], and some of these guys has been a great experience.”

The Clippers traded Barnes during the 2015 offseason for Lance Stephenson.

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Draymond Green: Loss Will Help Warriors Fix Fourth Quarter Issues On Offense
Draymond Green was critical of the Warriors' late game offense and became particularly animated when Kevin Durant shot a top of the arc three off the dribble in the final minute of regulation.

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Kevin Durant May Have Chosen Celtics Had Warriors Won 2016 Title
The Celtics were one of the teams that met with Kevin Durant during his 2016 free agency in the Hamptons.

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Stephen Curry Suggests Warriors Play To Strengths On Offense
Stephen Curry would like the Warriors to run more pick and rolls again.

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Draymond Green Won't Change Approach As Techs Accumulate
Draymond Green has seven technical fouls so far this season but he said it is up to the NBA and the referees "to figure it out."

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NBA: Jefferson Fouled Durant; Tech Should Have Been Called On LeBron
Richard Jefferson's foul was determined to have affected Kevin Durant's SQBR (speed, quickness, balance, rhythm) on the play.

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Kerr Concerned With Curry's Decision-Making, Not Shooting
Stephen Curry scored 15 points on 4-for-11 shooting to go with three turnovers in the Warriors' 109-108 loss to the Cavaliers.

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Supermax Contract Provision Were Triggered By Kevin Durant Leaving For Warriors
Privately, there are still small market executives who believe the NBA didn't go far enough.

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Draymond Green: We've Finally Adjusted To Not Having Andrew Bogut On Defense
Draymond Green acknowledged the transition the defense had to make in losing Andrew Bogut, who was traded to the Mavericks in the offseason to create cap space.

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Draymond Green Concerned How New CBA Will Impact Lower Earning Players
Draymond Green said he "was one of those guys nobody would stand up for" when he entered the NBA.

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Stephen Curry Could Sign Five-Year, $207M Deal Due To New CBA Rule
Stephen Curry will be able to sign for 35 percent of the cap as opposed to 30 percent.

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Klay Thompson Sits In Crunch Time In Favor Of Ian Clark
Ian Clark remained in the game down the stretch as Klay Thompson shot 5-for-13 over 28 minutes.

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Bob Myers: Andre Iguodala Was Really The GM Of His Sign-And-Trade In 2013
The Warriors signed Andre Iguodala in free agency after they played him in the playoffs.

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DeAndre Jordan: Durant Took Aftermath Of Free Agency Decision Hard
Kevin Durant leaned on DeAndre Jordan for support after he signed with the Warriors and was receiving criticism for the decision.

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Kevin Durant: I Value My Shots A Little More Now
Kevin Durant is averaging 27.0 points on just 16.9 shots per game while also averaging career bests in rebounds (8.4), steals (1.48) and blocks (1.76).

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Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas
The Warriors and Spurs walked away from the 2011 NBA Draft with Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard.

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Klay Thompson Scores 60 Points In 29 Minutes On 11 Dribbles
Klay Thompson touched the ball 46 times and dribbled just 11 times on his 21 field goals.

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Draymond Green Critical Of NBA's Interpretation Of 'Unnatural Act'
Draymond Green coincidentally brought up James Harden whom he struck with his foot.

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Steve Kerr Admits Marijuana Use To Treat Chronic Back Pain
Steve Kerr underwent two surgeries on his back during the 2015 offseason, the latter procedure in part to alleviate the pain from the first.

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Tyronn Lue, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month
Tyronn Lue and Steve Kerr have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for October and November.

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Kevin Durant Finding, Appreciating 'Small Things' With Warriors
The ease with how he's made the move has confirmed Kevin Durant made the right decision.

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