Golden State Warriors WiretapMay 2019 Golden State Warriors Wiretap

Andre Iguodala Expected To Play In Game 2 After MRI On Calf Comes Back Clean

May 31, 2019 9:47 PM

An MRI on Andre Iguodala's left calf came back clean on Friday.

Iguodala, who sat out game 4 of the Western Conference finals, tweaked his calf late in game 1 of the NBA Finals. 

The Warriors will proceed with caution with what they're calling a "lower leg injury," but are confident that Iguodala will play in game 2. 

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Kevin Durant Likely Would Be Out Several More Weeks If This Were Regular Season

May 31, 2019 12:47 PM

Kevin Durant would likely be weeks away from returning to action if this were the regular season, according to a source with the Golden State Warriors.

Durant's rehabilitation work has mostly been upper-body conditioning and some light lower-body work that's not weight bearing.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported on Friday that Durant is likely to return for Game 3 or Game 4.

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Game 1 Of 2019 NBA Finals Draws 10.1 Overnight Rating, Down From 12.3 In 2018

May 31, 2019 10:08 AM

Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors drew a 10.1 overnight rating. Nationally televised games featuring the Toronto Raptors typically get a lower number since Canadian audiences are not included.

The rating is down from 12.3 last season featuring the Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The following ratings are for each Game 1 featuring the Warriors since 2015:

2018 — 12.3
2017 — 12.4
2016 — 13.1
2015 — 12.9

The Finals has drawn a double-digit rating for 53 straight games.

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Kevin Durant Likely To Return For Either Game 3 Or Game 4

May 31, 2019 9:23 AM

Kevin Durant is expected to return from his calf injury at the some point midway through the 2019 Finals.

Durant could return as early as Game 3, but there's a stronger possibility that Game 4 is the most logical option.

The Golden State Warriors do not anticipate a scenario in which Durant will miss the entire Finals.

The Warriors will not practice on Friday, but Durant could join the team for their session on Saturday ahead of Game 2 on Sunday..

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Steve Kerr: Kevin Durant Is 'Long Shot' To Play In Game 2

May 31, 2019 1:20 AM

Steve Kerr doubted whether Kevin Durant would be healthy for game 2 of the NBA Finals, adding that Durant has yet to practice with the team.

“The next step would be to practice with the team. But we don’t know when that’s going to be. He’ll continue with the individual workouts," said Durant.

Durant flew with the Warriors to Toronto to participate in team activities. 

“It’s good to have Kevin here. Obviously he’s a huge part of our team and the guys are all pulling for him. It’s such a privilege to be here and play in the NBA Finals for all of these guys...More than anything, we want Kevin to be healthy, be back and enjoy at least part of the series. He’s pretty good. It wouldn’t hurt to have him back.”

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DeMarcus Cousins Active For Game 1

May 30, 2019 12:33 PM

DeMarcus Cousins will be active for Game 1 of The Finals at the Toronto Raptors.

Cousins suffered a torn quadriceps in the first round. Cousins made rapid progress in his rehab.

Cousins will be a free agent this offseason.

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Steph Curry Is Betting Favorite To Win NBA Finals MVP

May 30, 2019 1:52 AM

Steph Curry is favored to win the NBA Finals MVP, which would be the first of his career.

Caesars Sportsbook opened Curry as a -150 favorite to win the MVP. Kawhi Leonard is the second favorite at +275.

Draymond Green and Klay Thompson each have 9-1 odds to win MVP.

Curry said that he'd rather focus on team accomplishments than individual awards.

"That's just nitpicking at the end of the day, if I really want to cause a hissy-fit about not winning the Finals MVP with all that we've experienced and all the highs that we've been to...I could go out and average 50, but without the contributions and the effort and the focus of everybody that steps foot on the floor, we're not putting banners up. Everybody can feel pride in all the individual accolades as well as the team."

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Warriors 'Unequivocally Regard' Kawhi Leonard As Bigger Problem Than James Harden

May 29, 2019 7:03 PM

The Golden State Warriors "unequivocally regard (Kawhi) Leonard as a bigger individual problem than Houston’s James Harden because of Leonard’s impact at both ends," according to reporting from Marc Stein.

Leonard outplayed Giannis Antetokounmpo during the Eastern Conference Finals.

Leonard also was brilliant against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round, culminating in his Game 7 buzzer beater.

Leonard famously had 26 points in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals before he suffered an ankle injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the playoffs.

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Klay Thompson Upset More About Résumé Than Money On All-NBA Omission

May 29, 2019 6:57 PM

Klay Thompson narrowly missed a spot on an All-NBA team, which cost him the chance at an additional $30 million in free agency. But Thompson says he was more bothered by how it impacts his career résumé.

"The money's nice, but I'm just trying to build a résumé," he said. "And I see some other guys who played my position growing up, you know, the Ray Allens, Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin -- I try to be in that mold. They made, you know, three, four All-NBA teams -- I'm trying to get to that level. And it didn't happen this year, but hopefully, go to another Finals next year and it might happen then.

"But I just wanted to make that team so badly just because it's a huge honor thing, you know. Being recognized as a top-15 player in the best basketball league in the world, that's amazing. But like I said before, the opportunity to win a championship is greater."

Thompson was an All-NBA third team selection in 14-15 and 15-16.

"That is life. It's a worthy sacrifice, I'll tell you that much," Thompson said. "To be here, and to be on the global stage, I wouldn't trade it for the world, even an All-NBA. So I'm happy to be here, and I can't wait to come out and compete tomorrow."

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Warriors Hope Kevin Durant Can Progress To Individual Court Work In Next Few Days

May 29, 2019 2:38 PM

On the eve of Game 1 of The Finals, Steve Kerr was asked to provide an update on Kevin Durant as he works to recover from a calf strain.

"No, Kevin is, I think we already announced he's not playing in Game 1," said Kerr. "His next step is individual court work, so that will be the next priority over the next couple of days. Hopefully he can wrap that up, and then he's going to have to practice. We have to see him in practice before he can play a game, and he hasn't practiced yet."

Durant suffered the calf injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals on May 8th.

The Warriors are 5-0 since Durant suffered the injury.

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Bob Myers Trying To Remain Patient As Warriors Enter Tumultuous Offseason
Bob Myers was asked how he manages another Finals run with what will be a quick turnaround before free agency begins.

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Kevin Durant Will Travel With Warriors To Toronto For First Two Games Of Finals
It remains unclear when Kevin Durant will return from the calf injury he suffered in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

DeMarcus Cousins 'Healthy Enough' To Play In Game 1 Of Finals
DeMarcus Cousins scrimmaged after practice on Monday for the second time since the injury.

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Oddsmakers Make Warriors Heavy Favorites Against Raptors In Finals
The Raptors won both meetings with the Warriors this season.

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Kevin Durant Initially Feared Achilles Injury
Kevin Durant has yet to be cleared for on-court activities.

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Kevin Durant: A Lot Of People On Outside Don't Like To See Me As Part Of Warriors
Kevin Durant was asked a question about the Warriors phrased as "their play" and he corrected the reporter by saying "our."

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Klay Thompson: I'd Rather Win Championship Than Make Third Team All-NBA
Klay Thompson found out he wasn't an All-NBA selection and won't be eligible for a supermax contract this offseason during his media availability on Thursday.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, Karl-Anthony Towns Miss All-NBA, Max Impacted
Klay Thompson and Bradley Beal were not voted onto any All-NBA Teams and will not be eligible for a supermax this offseason.

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Warriors 'Hopeful' Of Kevin Durant Playing In Finals, 'Anticipate' DeMarcus Cousins Being Ready
Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins are unlikely to play in Game 1 of The Finals.

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Rich Kleiman: Kevin Durant 100 Percent Undecided On Future
Rich Kleiman was asked if Kevin Durant has made a decision on his future.

Jason Gay/Wall Street Journal

Joe Lacob: Warriors Confident About Re-Signing Both Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson
Tim Kawakami reports that "(Kevin) Durant has given no indication that he is at all leaning toward staying with the Warriors."

Tim Kawakami/The Athletic

Clippers Considered 'Equally Dangerous Threat' As Knicks To Sign Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has long been most strongly linked with the Knicks should he leave the Warriors.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Draymond Green: Warriors Need Kevin Durant For Finals
The Warriors are cautiously optimistic that Durant will return for the finals.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Steve Kerr: When You're Missing Kevin Durant, You Have To Replace Him With 3-4 Players
The Warriors shrunk their rotation against the Rockets and then expanded it in Game 6 and then against the Blazers.

Ethan Strauss/The Athletic

Andre Iguodala Questionable For Game 4, MRI Comes Back Clean
Alfonzo McKinnie will receive more minutes if Iguodala is out.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Andre Iguodala: Steph Curry, Draymond Green Are 'Brady And Gronk'
Green said he and Curry are bonded by their extremely competitive natures.

Marcus Thompson II/The Athletic

Andre Iguodala Will Have MRI On Injured Calf
Iguodala left the game in the first quarter before returning to action.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins Ahead Of Kevin Durant In Return To Game Action
DeMarcus Cousins has returned to the court and is attempting to regain his conditioning.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors Confident Kevin Durant Will Play Again This Season
Steve Kerr has walked back his description of Kevin Durant's right calf strain as being "a little more serious than we thought at the beginning."

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Shaun Livingston Likely To Retire In Offseason
Shaun Livingston told The Athletic at the beginning of April that he was seriously considering retirement at the end of the season.

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