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NBA Rescinds Game 3 Technicals Against Kevin Durant, JaMychal Green

Apr 19, 2019 3:03 PM

The NBA has rescinded technical fouls against Kevin Durant and JaMychal Green.

Durant said after the game that he hoped the technical gets rescinded.

"Me and JaMychal Green, we were conversing about the play that happened before, just like you and I," Durant said. "Somebody came out of nowhere and tech'd us both. How would you feel? That was pretty quick. Hopefully they rescind that one because I don't want somebody to think somebody is in my head, that's why I got that tech. I just want to get that out of the way because I don't want to jeopardize my team in the future."

Durant is now five technicals away from an automatic one-game suspension.


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Kevin Durant: My Actual Basketball Play Should Be Headlines, Not Future Decision

Apr 19, 2019 10:40 AM

Kevin Durant scored 38 points in a return to form performance in Game 3 as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers.

“This was the first time this season that my actual basketball play, and not about what I’m going to do in the future, took over the headlines,” Durant told Yahoo Sports after Game 3. “Think about that now. That hasn’t happened in a long time. I like that. That’s the way it should be.”

Speculation on Durant's future has dominated headlines this season, particularly after he avoided the media for more than a week and then called out Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. The media, however, has mostly avoided asking Durant questions about his future.

“This game is what it’s all about, not about something that hasn’t even happened,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “Let’s enjoy basketball. I can take the criticism about the game. This is what we’re paid to do. That should be the focus. This is good.”

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

DeMarcus Cousins Will Not Need Surgery, Unlikely To Return In Playoffs

Apr 18, 2019 12:31 AM

Steve Kerr revealed that DeMarcus Cousins will not need surgery on his torn quad but will probably miss the rest of the playoffs.

"He will not need surgery. DeMarcus, most likely, will not be back during the playoffs. You're probably looking at a couple months' recovery, so it's unlikely. But Rick [Celebrini, Warriors director of sports medicine and performance] told me that there are occasions where that injury heals faster. So we're leaving the door open, obviously," said Kerr.

Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney will be relied upon to replace Cousins' minutes.

"I knew I was coming in as an insurance policy, to an extent. A guy that could [fit] in straight away that knows the system offensively and defensively, knows the guys. ... I definitely didn't anticipate starting in the playoffs. But unfortunately you get a freak injury to DeMarcus and those are the circumstances we're in," said Bogut. 

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

Kevin Durant Says Clippers Playing A 'Gimmick Defense'

Apr 18, 2019 12:25 AM

Kevin Durant said he was going to be more aggressive in his shooting to counteract what he deemed a "gimmick" defense by the Los Angeles Clippers.

"They're playing a gimmick defense which has been working. Top-locking everything on the perimeter, so guys are not even looking at the 3-point line, they're just forcing guys inside the 3-point line. So for us, when I get the ball in my spots, I got a pest, Patrick Beverley, who is up underneath me -- who I can definitely shoot over the top and score every time if it's a one-on-one situation," said Durant.

Durant added that he wasn't going to let Patrick Beverly in his head despite the battle leading to both players getting ejected in game 1.

"I'm not gonna get in the way of the game because I wanna have a little back-and-forth with Patrick Beverley. I'm Kevin Durant. You know who I am. Y'all know who I am."

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Kevin Durant Not Expected By 'Most In NBA' To Re-Sign Regardless Of Playoff Result

Apr 17, 2019 9:33 AM

Tim Kawakami of The Athletic reports "most people in the NBA don't expect (Kevin) Durant to re-sign with the Warriors no matter what happens in the playoffs."

Durant has been strongly linked with the New York Knicks for months.

Kawakami suggests Durant's teammates with the Warriors are essentially attempting to overlook that issue to remain focused on trying to win the title this season.

"It’s the tacit bargain that I believe the Warriors’ headliners all made — hang together to give their shot for a three-peat and then if Durant leaves, he leaves with no apologies necessary. But there’s inherent tension in that, too, of course," writes Kawakami.

Kawakami also argues that Durant has been willing to accept that the Warriors' offense runs best through Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, but that he's their failsafe. Kawakami unofficially terms it as the 'Warriors' Grand Compromise'.

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76ers Pursued Bob Myers To Replace Bryan Colangelo In 2018

Apr 16, 2019 7:26 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers not only pursued Daryl Morey to replace Bryan Colangelo, but also had interest in Bob Myers.

According to reporting from Marc Stein of the New York Times, the 76ers "commissioned a clandestine run at prying Myers away from the Warriors."

The 76ers eventually hired Elton Brand as general manager.

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DeMarcus Cousins Out Indefinitely With Torn Left Quad

Apr 16, 2019 4:54 PM

DeMarcus Cousins will be out indefinitely with a torn left quad. Cousins will begin rehabilitation immediately after suffering the noncontact injury during the first quarter of his second career game in the playoffs.

Cousins is on a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors and has been trying to rehabilitate his value after suffered a torn Achilles in 2018.

Cousins returned in January.

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Steve Kerr: At This Stage, Nothing Surprises Me That Happens With Our Team

Apr 16, 2019 9:10 AM

The Golden State Warriors blew a 31-point lead in their Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Steve Kerr was asked if it feels strange to him for the Warriors to lose in that fashion after a dominant Game 1 win.

“It doesn’t feel strange to me, no,” Kerr told The Athletic a few minutes after his press conference. “At this stage, nothing surprises me that happens with our team and where we are.

“I was very concerned coming into this game. And in some ways, we had this coming. And we’ll see if we can actually respond to it and do something good with it.”

Stephen Curry had foul trouble in the game while Kevin Durant took only eight shots.

“Once you lose momentum in a game, against a really good team, it’s hard to get it back,” Kerr said at his press conference. “So we really lost this game mid-third quarter when we stopped playing. …

“As soon as we got up 31, we shut down.”

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DeMarcus Cousins Leaves Game 2 With Quad Injury, Will Undergo MRI

Apr 16, 2019 12:28 AM

DeMarcus Cousins suffered a quad injury after chasing down a loose ball early in the 1st quarter of the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. He did not return to the game.

Cousins will get an MRI on his quad on Tuesday.

Cousins fouled out in Game 1 after scoring 9 points.

The Warriors fear Cousins suffered a torn quad.

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Kevin Durant Hasn't Made Decision, Asks Fans To 'Focus On The Game'

Apr 15, 2019 12:03 PM

Kevin Durant is asking fans to watch the games instead of focusing on his pending free agency decision this July.

“Yo, just watch the game. Just focus on the game and stop nitpicking, because it is a beautiful game going on out there,” Durant told The Undefeated. “What can I do right now? I can’t sign a paper. I got to do the most important thing, and that is play. And that is what we should be focusing on.”

In February, Durant was critical of the media of how they constantly speculated about his free agency. Durant has been linked with the New York Knicks.

Durant insists he has yet to make his decision and won't until July 1.

“Let’s appreciate what is going on, on the basketball court. I know it’s the sexy part of the NBA: free agency, trades, transactions. But it’s a beautiful game that we’re out here playing. I feel like I play a different and unique way that may inspire some people,” Durant said.

“You never know where you can get [inspiration] from. It’s always been my fight with people to focus on the basketball. That other stuff will take care of itself when time comes.”

Durant said it would be disrespectful to his Golden State Warriors' teammates to make a decision during the playoffs.

“If I already made a decision, it would take away from the team, what we’re fighting for. Every play would be overshadowed by it,” Durant said. “It is not necessary for me to make a decision right now. It would be bad to do that. It would take the focus off of what is important. I would never want to put my teammates in a messed-up position. I want to forget about it.

“But it is still putting everybody in messed-up positions where everybody wants to know all the time, everybody is speculating and everybody is trying to get in my head and what I think about it.”

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Steve Kerr Warns Kevin Durant About Technical Fouls Following Ejection
Players will receive a 1-game suspension after getting their 7th technical foul in the playoffs.

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Steve Kerr, Steph Curry Not Worried About Referees In Playoffs
Curry, Green, and Durant were most recently fined for their actions following an overtime loss to the Timberwolves.

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Clippers Are Biggest Playoff Underdog In 30 Years
The odds for the series are so lopsided that several Vegas sportsbook refused to post the bet.

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Kevin Durant On Joining Warriors: It Was Worth It
Kevin Durant says he's been "roaming my whole life."

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DeMarcus Cousins Wants To Shed 'Boogie' Nickname
DeMarcus Cousins believes the nickname has added unfairly to his reputation.

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Daryl Morey: Warriors Aren't Dead Yet, We Need To Win Now
Daryl Morey was asked whether there's part of him that thinks the Rockets can simply outlast Golden State's dynasty to finally advance to The Finals.

Kelly Iko/The Athletic

League Insiders Have Speculated Lakers Only Team That Could Get Bob Myers From Warriors
Bob Myers grew up in the Bay Area but played collegiately at UCLA.

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Kevin Durant On Playoff Matchup Against Clippers: 'We Got Our Work Cut Out For Us'
The Warriors will matchup against the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs starting this Saturday.

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Steve Kerr On Steph Curry's Sprained Ankle: 'We Think He's Going To Be Fine'
Kerr said that Curry will most likely sit out the regular-season finale against the Grizzlies.

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Stephen Curry Suffers Mild Right Foot Sprain
Stephen Curry went straight to the locker room to get checked out.

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Joe Lacob: It's Our Job To Convince Kevin Durant The Right Decision Is To Be A Warrior For Life
Joe Lacob said he won't be mad at Kevin Durant if he leaves the Warriors.

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Andrew Bogut Claims Lakers Went Against Their Word By Waiving Him In January 2018
Andrew Bogut claims the Lakers told him he would remain with the team for the entire season if he remained healthy.

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

Steph Curry To Executive Produce, Star In Mini-Golf Show On ABC
Contestants, including Steph Curry, will play 3 rounds of mini-golf for prizes each episode.

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Stephen Curry Credits Contact Lenses For Shooting Resurgence
Stephen Curry has made at least five three-pointers in nine consecutive games, shooting 51.4 percent during the stretch.

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Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Fined For Criticizing Refs
Draymond Green has been fined $35,000 for making statements on social media which impugned the integrity of NBA officiating.

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Steph Curry Calls Ref 'MVP' Of Game Following Warriors Loss
The Warriors were critical of two late calls in overtime following their loss.

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Celtics Ban Fan Through Next Season For Yelling Racial Slur At DeMarcus Cousins
The incident took place during a January game between the Warriors and Celtics.

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Jordan Bell Suspended One Game After Charging Hotel Purchase To Mike Brown's Account
This was not the first time that Bell made a hotel purchase that got charged to another employee's account.

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Kevin Durant Shoots 12-13 From Field, Logs Most Efficient Game Of Career
Durant is now 17-19 from the field over his last two games.

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Jordan Bell Suspended One Game By Warriors For Detrimental Conduct
Steve Kerr gave little explanation for the suspension.

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