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David West Out At Least Two Weeks With Fractured Left Thumb

Jan 20, 2017 12:58 AM

David West will be out at least two weeks with a fractured left thumb.

West didn’t return after leaving the game midway through the fourth quarter. 

West is the primary backup for the Golden State Warriors at center behind Zaza Pachulia.

“It’s a big loss,” Steve Kerr said. “David has been fantastic, he’s playing so well. He’s really a big part of our second unit.”

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

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Kevin Durant: I Didn't Plan On Coming To Warriors For Just A Year

Jan 19, 2017 1:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors will contend with the free agencies of both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry this offseason.

“I have no angst whatsoever (about re-signing Durant and Curry),” Joe Lacob said. “I totally am positive (that) I think those guys are going to sign. They’re both free agents. They have a right to do whatever they want. They’ve earned it, and I respect that. If they don’t sign with us for some reason, then shame on me and us. I take responsibility for that. But I don’t see that happening.”

Durant attended the Warriors' groundbreaking this week for the Chase Center and was asked about his future in a public forum. Durant was asked again about his future by the USA Today.

“I’m liking it here,” Durant said. “I’m liking everything that’s going on. I know what my contract says, but I didn’t plan on coming here for just a year. I’m in it right now, and I’m also just focusing on day by day.

“I know it’s cliché, and you hear that all the time, but I’m seriously just not thinking about it because I’m like – I’m just in it for the long haul.”

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook Promises Revenge Upon Zaza Pachulia

Jan 19, 2017 12:17 PM

Russell Westbrook is promising revenge on Zaza Pachulia for the hard foul he took in the second quarter of the Golden State Warriors' 121-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With time ticking down before the half, Pachulia knocked Westbrook down, appearing to push the ball into Westbrook's face. Westbrook remained on the floor holding his face while Pachulia stood over him.

"He hit me kind of hard," Westbrook said. "But it's all right. I'm gonna get his ass back. Straight up."

Pachulia was handed a flagrant foul 1 for the play, following a review by the officials.

"No, I didn't see that until just now, but I don't play that game," a clearly agitated Westbrook said. "I'm gonna get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don't know what it's going to be, but I don't play that game."

The Warriors visit the Thunder on Feb. 11.

"I thought it was a good steal, honestly, because I had the ball in my hands," Pachulia said. "Officials called a foul; there's nothing you can do. A foul is a foul. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. There is nothing you can do. So you just move on. If he got hurt, that's fine too. It's part of the game."

Pachulia said he is not concerned with Westbrook's comments, instead focusing on what the Warriors have in front of them.

"We're thinking about this team and staying healthy moving forward and, better, getting into the playoffs and playing for the championship. That's what I'm thinking about," Pachulia said. "I'm not thinking about these kind of comments. That team is not there, so they might be thinking about other stuff, like getting back. So, you know, OK, you can get me back.

"But this is my 14th year. We all know what my game is, to play hard. Not dirty, but play hard. If it was a hard foul, it was a foul. It wasn't dirty at all, so I'm not worried about this."

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Zaza Pachulia, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Kevin Durant Reflects On Time With Westbrook, Harden

Jan 18, 2017 11:15 PM

Kevin Durant reflected back this week on how special the Oklahoma City Thunder were earlier in his career playing beside fellow MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

The Thunder traded away Harden in 2012.

“It’s easy to say we were supposed to be together for the rest of our careers, but it didn’t play out like that,” Durant said. “I think all three of us will have memorable careers. And it’ll be a journey we’ll always remember, something that’s different and unique, playing with two different guys who are doing incredible things in the league right now. But when you look back, think about the fun times instead of what could’ve been.”

Durant and Westbrook were only 23 when they reached The Finals, while Harden was 22. Oklahoma City staying together is one of the greatest what-ifs in NBA history.

“No. We never looked at it that way, like we could be best of all-time,” Durant said. “It was really AAU basketball, man. We were just having fun. We weren’t listening to anyone on the outside, media, none of that. It was just pure fun. When we did hear something about the group, it was like, what is this? That was so foreign to us because we never paid attention to it.”

 

Durant believes Harden could have remained Oklahoma City's Sixth Man.

“I think he’d have stayed in that role. I think so,” Durant said. “He’d have still been a really great player. You look at it, a lot of people wouldn’t have looked at him as a Sixth Man. He’d have been better. I think he’d have been better. Obviously I’m sure he loves what he’s doing now, but if we would’ve won a championship, I think the perception of him would’ve just been as a great player. ‘He’s the heart, he’s what makes us go.’ That’s what his label would’ve been, instead of just Sixth Man. He would’ve probably been the best Sixth Man that ever was.”

Durant paused, looking frustrated at himself for even entertaining the question.

“But don’t even worry about that,” he said. “I don’t even want to talk about that.”

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

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Pelicans Considered Pursuing Harrison Barnes In Free Agency

Jan 18, 2017 9:52 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans internally discussed using all of their 2016 cap space on Harrison Barnes before deciding to split it up among E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill and others.

Barnes confirmed this week he would have considered the Pelicans had they pursued him.

Barnes instead signed a four-year, $95 million max contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Pelicans thought they needed to move on the available market and not wait on Kevin Durant to make his decision, which was tying up Barnes from moving forward.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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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.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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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

RealGM Staff Report

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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."

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

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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."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Klay Thompson Not Thinking Ahead To Possible Extension In 2018
Klay Thompson calls his career trajectory surreal.

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

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Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler Named Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler averaged 38 ppg, 9.3 rpg 6.3 apg for the week, while Stephen 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
The Warriors drafted Mike Dunleavy with the third overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.

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Matt Barnes Thought Return To Clippers In 2016 Was 'Done Deal'
Matt Barnes signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Kings.

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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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