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Eye toward Kerr as Warriors prepare for next round

At times during the regular season, Kevin Durant glanced at the Warriors’ bench to see head coach Steve Kerr, grimace on his face, staring at the floor. Durant initially assumed Kerr was frustrated with a defensive lapse or rushed shot. Kerr missed practice Wednesday, and according to a report by NBC Sports Bay Area, he is consulting with specialists at Stanford Medical Center. In the Warriors’ Game 2 win over Portland in the first round, Kerr was in such a haze that he broke NBA rules by removing his suit jacket. On Monday, two days after he watched Game 3 from the team hotel,...

4 Warriors nominated for new NBA awards

4 Warriors nominated for new NBA awards Four Warriors players — Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant — have been nominated among the new categories that will be voted on by fans for the first NBA Awards on TNT. Beginning Thursday night, fans can vote for Dunk of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year by posting # to social media with the name of the award, followed by the first and last name of their pick. Here is the complete list of award candidates: Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry...
Washington Times Apr 25, 2017

Monday's Sports In Brief

PRO BASKETBALL PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 37 points before sitting out the final quarter and the Golden State Warriors welcomed back teammate Kevin Durant with a 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers to sweep their first-round playoff series. The Warriors advanced to the conference semifinals, where ...
Golden State Of Mind 10 hours ago
The art of basketball

The art of basketball

My interview with Bay-Area painter — and Warriors’ fan — Joel Tesch. With perfectly executed game plans that could have come from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, the Golden State Warriors took care of the Portland Trail Blazers in a clean, four-game sweep to advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. As with battle of any type, the path out of the first round was not without complications. Head Coach Steve Kerr was unable to coach in Games 3 and 4 due to illness, Kevin Durant, still rehabbing a calf strain, missed Games 2 and 3, and other players (Matt Barnes, Shaun Livingston and...
Golden State Of Mind Apr 25, 2017
Explain One Play: W’s shut out Blazers 14-0

Explain One Play: W’s shut out Blazers 14-0

We break down the game-opening defense that shut out the Blazers 14-0 and never let them into Game 4 of the Warriors-Blazers series. See the end glossary for unfamiliar terms! Let’s look at the defense that drove the W’s to a 14-0 start in Game 4 and effectively ended any chance the Blazers had of winning the game and series. Once the W’s get a lead, Stephen Curry allows himself heat checks and often gets on game-crushing rolls. In general, teams want to attack Curry and Zaza Pachulia. The Warriors base defense allows free switching between Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond...
Golden State Of Mind Apr 26, 2017
What’s culture got to do with it?

What’s culture got to do with it?

Everything. And this isn’t just about basketball — it’s about waves. Let the Warriors lead the way ... While Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic and the rest of the Portland Trail Blazers are packing bags, readying themselves for tropical getaways, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and the rest of the Warriors are unpacking bags after a two-game stand in Portland. Thanks to a dominant sweep of their first-round NBA Playoffs’ opponent, Golden State players get a few days to rest, recover and rehab while other teams continue to battle for a coveted four-game series...
Welcome to Loud City Apr 27, 2017
Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook shines light on upcoming contract extension situation video

Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook shines light on upcoming contract extension situation video

Following a defining season, will Westbrook sign another lucrative off-season contract with the Thunder? Following a historic season, during Wednesday's Oklahoma City Thunder exit interviews Russell Westbrook stated "Oklahoma City is the place I want to be." While the Thunder was eliminated recently in a rugged five-game series vs. Houston, and finished the regular-campaign 47-35, during his podium appearance OKC’s MVP candidate left open the possibility of signing a blockbuster extension this summer with Oklahoma City. Determined to lead his franchise in the wake of Kevin Durant’s...
CSN Bay Area Apr 24, 2017

Gallery: Top highlights from Game 4 between Warriors and Blazers

With Kevin Durant back in the lineup, the Warriors look to sweep the Blazers in the first round.
Los Angeles Times Apr 25, 2017

NBA playoffs: Warriors sweep Blazers behind record-tying first quarter

Stephen Curry had 37 points before sitting out the final quarter and the Golden State Warriors welcomed back teammate Kevin Durant with a 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night to sweep their first-round playoff series. The Warriors advanced to the conference semifinals,...
Watch: Stephen Curry says Warriors didn't want to give Portland 'any kind of confidence or momentum'

Watch: Stephen Curry says Warriors didn't want to give Portland 'any kind of confidence or momentum'

Stephen Curry talks about having Kevin Durant back in the lineup and explained why the Warriors wanted to sweep the series.
Plain Dealer Apr 25, 2017

Kevin Durant is back as Golden State Warriors sweep Portland: 2017 NBA Playoffs rewind

From Kevin Durant's return to big wins by the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors, here is a look at the NBA Playoffs after Monday, April 25, 2017.
CSN Philly Apr 25, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Stephen Curry, Warriors rock Blazers to sweep series

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Stephen Curry had 37 points before sitting out the final quarter and the Golden State Warriors welcomed back teammate Kevin Durant with a
Hoops Hype Apr 26, 2017
NBA Free Agency 2017: The top players

NBA Free Agency 2017: The top players

The top free agents of the 2017 class will be unrestricted, which could make that month of July both exciting and nerve-wracking for a bunch of NBA teams. POINT GUARDS / SHOOTING GUARDS / SMALL FORWARDS / POWER FORWARDS / CENTERS 1. Kevin Durant Player Option / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Golden State 25.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.9 apg One of the most gifted offensive players in NBA history. Will be looking to re-up with Golden State in July 2017 – perhaps after winning his first championship ring. Agent: Rich Kleiman 2016/17 Earnings: $26,540,100 Career Earnings:...
Hoops Hype Apr 26, 2017
NBA Free Agency 2017: Small Forwards

NBA Free Agency 2017: Small Forwards

POINT GUARDS / SHOOTING GUARDS / SMALL FORWARDS / POWER FORWARDS / CENTERS 1. Kevin Durant Player Option / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Golden State 25.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.9 apg One of the most gifted offensive players in NBA history. Will be looking to re-up with Golden State in July 2017 – perhaps after winning his first championship ring. Agent: Rich Kleiman 2016/17 Earnings: $26,540,100 Career Earnings: $135,209,018 2. Gordon Hayward Player Option / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Utah 21.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.5 apg The versatile forward will become a free...

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