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Warriors-Thunder Game 6 Draws NBA's Highest Rating Of Season

May 29, 2016 1:53 PM

TNT drew a 7.9 household rating for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder.

The game was the highest rated one for the NBA across all networks so far this season.

The rating is the highest all-time for TNT for a Conference Finals' Game 6.

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Westbrook Laughs At Question About Whether Curry Is 'Underrated' Defender

May 27, 2016 10:51 AM

After the Golden State Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 with Stephen Curry picking up several key steals, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were asked if Curry is underrated as a defender.

Westbrook audibly laughed at the question that Durant then went on to answer after briefly pausing.

"I mean, getting steals, I don't know if that's just -- that's a part of playing defense, but he's pretty good, but he doesn't guard the best point guards," said Durant. "I think they do a good job of putting a couple of guys on Russell from [Klay] Thompson to [Andre] Iguodala, and Steph, they throw him in there sometimes. He moves his feet pretty well. He's good with his hands. But, you know, I like our matchup with him guarding Russ."

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Draymond Green Inadvertently Kicks Westbrook, Roberson In Face (Vine)

May 27, 2016 1:55 AM

Draymond Green received an upgraded Flagrant Foul penalty 2 following his kick of Steven Adams in the groin.

Green will receive an automatic suspension if he receives another Flagrant Foul at any point for the remainder of the playoffs.

In the second half of Game 5, Green appeared hit Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson and Russell Westbrook in the face with his foot when his leg swung up after releasing a shot attempt.

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Steve Kerr: Stephen Curry Wouldn't Be Playing If He Were Injured

May 26, 2016 12:41 PM

Steve Kerr dismissed a report that from Adrian Wojnarowski quoted a non-Warriors source as saying Curry is playing at 70 percent.

"Is that 'sources with knowledge of the team's thinking?' " Kerr asked Wednesday afternoon. "Nobody has said anything about Steph being 70 percent to me. Training staff, relatives, friends, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking -- nobody has told me he's 70 percent. Evidently they told the media but not me."

Kerr acknowledged that Curry has been "not as explosive" over the past two games.

"I know he's not injured -- if he were injured, he would not be playing," Kerr said. "Is he bothered a little bit, perhaps by the layoff when he went three weeks without a game? He may not be quite where he needs to be, but it's not an injury, and that's the important thing."

The Warriors have resisted every attempt to cite the injury to Curry as a reason why they trail 3-1.

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Draymond Green: I Have No Doubt We'll Win Game 5

May 26, 2016 11:13 AM

Draymond Green is confident in the Golden State Warriors' chances of bouncing back to win Game 5 after losing in both Game 3 and Game 4 at the Oklahoma City Thunder in blowouts.

"This team, this group of guys, we haven’t been in an elimination situation [since 2014]. So it’s different," said Green. "But I also know this team knows how to lock in. I know this team knows how to play tough. I know this team knows how to play like our lives depended on it. And I have no doubt in my mind that we will win [Game 5]. No doubt about that. I absolutely expect to be back here and I look forward to it.”

Green has blamed himself for the Warriors' struggles.

"It’s no shocker to me that we’re down 3-1 because I haven’t been there for two games. I wish I had the answer [as to why]. I don’t have the answer. But I know I will change it. It’s not too late. That’s why it’s a seven-game series. They have to beat us to four [wins]. We go home. Take care of home court. Get something to feel good about. And then we battle. But we have to come out Thursday like our lives depend on it. I have no doubt in my mind that this team will respond."

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NBA Won't Upgrade Draymond Green's Trip Of Kanter To Flagrant Foul

May 25, 2016 1:33 PM

Draymond Green will not receive an upgraded foul charge to a Flagrant 1 for his trip of Enes Kanter.

Green is one flagrant foul away from reaching the NBA's limit for a suspension to automatically kick in.

The NBA upgraded Green's kick of Steven Adams in Game 3 to a Flagrant 2 but elected not to suspend him.

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OKC's Own Death Lineup Has Net Rating Of +68.5 In West Finals

May 25, 2016 1:19 PM

Billy Donovan only gave 46 minutes during the regular season to a five-man unit of Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant, Andre Roberson, Dion Waiters and Russell Westbrook.

But in the Western Conference Finals, it has become the Oklahoma City Thunder's version of a death lineup against the Golden State Warriors.

The lineup has a 139.8 offensive rating against a 71.3 defensive rating to give it a net rating of +68.5 points per 100 possessions. 

Roberson and Waiters have given the Thunder enough offense to make the Warriors' defend them while also being long enough to defend anyone on the other side of the floor.

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Stephen Curry 'Playing At 70 Percent, At Best'

May 25, 2016 10:11 AM

Stephen Curry has struggled in Games 3 and 4 of the Golden State Warriors' series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, not showing any of the explosion he had during his MVP season before injuring his knee.

"He's playing at 70 percent, at best," a source close to Curry said.

Curry has downplayed the injury in his comments to the media.

Privately, the Oklahoma City Thunder have seen how Curry doesn't have the ability to make the big men switching onto him pay a price.

Curry injured his ankle in Game 1 of the first round and then his knee when he returned in Game 4 slipping on a wet spot in Houston.

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Stephen Curry Insists He's Not Injured

May 25, 2016 1:29 AM

Stephen Curry struggled in Game 4, scoring just 19 points on 20 shooting possessions in the Golden State Warriors' loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"No, I'm fine," said Curry when asked about his knee.

Steve Kerr also was asked if Curry is still injured. Curry suffered a sprained MCL in Game 4 of the first round while also hurting his elbow in Game 2 of this series..

"He's not injured," Kerr said. "He's coming back from the knee, but he's not injured. He just had a lousy night. It happens, even to the best players in the world."

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Draymond Green Not Suspended For Game 4

May 23, 2016 7:13 PM

The NBA has decided not to suspend Draymond Green for Game 4.

Green kicked Steven Adams in the groin area after being fouled going up for a shot attempt.

Green also kneed Adams in the groin area in Game 2 when driving to the basket.

Sam Amick of the USA Today reports it will be a Flagrant 2 and a fine.

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Blazers Request Permission To Interview Stephen Silas
Stephen Silas is a candidate for the head coaching job of the Rockets as well as the top assistant job of the Warriors.

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Warriors To Interview Blazers' Assistant Nate Tibbetts
Nate Tibbetts has been an assistant with the Blazers since 2013 under Terry Stotts.

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NBA To Make Draymond Green Decision By End Of Monday
Draymond Green kicked Steven Adams in the groin area after being fouled going up for a shot attempt.

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Warriors To Interview Stephen Silas For Top Assistant Job
Golden State could no longer wait until the end of the playoffs to secure Luke Walton's replacement because of Stephen Silas' growing candidacy in Houston.

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Stephen Curry's Elbow Healing, Not Likely To Go On Injury Report
Stephen Curry injured the elbow while chasing a loose ball into the stands.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Knicks Interview Jeff Hornacek For Head Coaching Job
Jeff Hornacek could also join the Warriors as an assistant coach.

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Stephen Curry Practices Without Knee Brace
Stephen Curry doesn't expect the topic of his sprained MCL to be a topic moving forward.

Jimmy Durkin/San Jose Mercury News

Andrew Bogut Questionable For Game 1 With Adductor Strain
Andrew Bogut practiced with the Warriors on Monday but he remains questionable for Game 1.

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Draymond Green Has Been Tweaking Ankle Over Past Few Games
Draymond Green will start getting anti-inflammatories for the left ankle and receive treatment as the Warriors will have several off days.

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Stephen Curry Named Unanimous NBA MVP
Stephen Curry is the first player in NBA history to receive every first place vote.

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Draymond Green: Of Course I Think Blazers Are Done
Draymond Green said he trusts his teammates to close the series out.

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Stephen Curry Misses First Nine 3's, Scores 17 In Overtime
Stephen Curry scored 23 points in the final five minutes of regulation and overtime compared to 25 in total for the Blazers.

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Stephen Curry Returning From Knee Injury For Game 4
Steve Kerr had said Stephen Curry would play if all went well during pregame warmups.

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Stephen Curry To Be Named NBA MVP
Stephen Curry could become the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.

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Stephen Curry Doubtful For Game 4, Making Progress
Stephen Curry hasn't played since Game 4 of the first round when he slipped on a damp spot on the floor.

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Steve Kerr Compares Damian Lillard To Steph Curry
Damian Lillard had 40 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in the Blazers' Game 3 win over the Warriors.

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Lakers Not Waiting On Warriors' Run To Hire Assistant Coaches
Mitch Kupchak said Luke Walton will not wait until after the Warriors season to fill out his coaching staff.

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Stephen Curry Out For Game 3, 'Slight Chance' Of Playing Game 4
Stephen Curry's original timetable was to be re-evaluated two weeks after the injury, which is this coming Monday.

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Steve Kerr: Warriors Would 'Be Dead' Without Shaun Livingston
Shaun Livingston is a completely different type of player than Stephen Curry with his length and lack of shooting ability.

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Harrison Barnes Not Taking Warriors' Likely Pursuit Of Kevin Durant Personally
Harrison Barnes and the Warriors were unable to agree upon an extension last offseason, which gives him some level of control.

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