Instant Replay: Even without Durant, Warriors decimate Thunder

Instant Replay: Even without Durant, Warriors decimate Thunder

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With Kevin Durant watching from the bench, the Warriors on Monday night finished off a four-game season sweep of his former teammates.

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry draining 3-pointers at will, as the Warriors rolled to a 111-95 victory over the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Thompson scored 34 points and Curry 23, as the Warriors (56-14) won their fourth consecutive game and increased to 2.5 games their lead over San Antonio in the race for the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason.

Backup center JaVale McGee was the only other Warrior in double figures, coming off the bench to score 10 points. McGee also blocked four shots, tying his season-high.

The Warriors held the Thunder to 42.5 percent from the field, including 4-of-21 beyond the arc.

Guard Victor Oladipo scored 17 points to lead OKC (40-30), which lost for the first time in six games. Russell Westbrook totaled 15 points (on 4-of-16 shooting), eight rebounds and seven assists.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
The Splash Brothers carried the night, silencing the Thunder with their long-range shooting.

Thompson’s line: 34 points (12-of-21 from the field, 7-of-15 beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the line), six rebounds, two assists and two steals. He played 32 minutes and finished plus-15.

Curry’s line: 23 points (8-of-17, 7-of-12 from deep), six assists and four rebounds. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-16.

This was the third in their careers that Thompson and Curry each made at least seven 3-pointers in the same game. No other duo has done it more than once.

TURNING POINT:
After the Thunder pulled within six, 35-29, on a free throw by Westbrook with 7:00 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 17-4 run to take a 52-33 lead on an Andre Iguodala dunk with 2:32 left in the half.

OKC got no closer than 12 in the second half.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Thunder: No injuries listed.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors return to action Tuesday night, when they face the Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. Pacific.

 

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

When the Warriors announced the severity of Kevin Durant's knee injury, they did not rule out a return before the end of the regular season.

And based on the progress of his rehab, the team is "hopeful" but "cautiously optimistic" that Durant will indeed play before the end of the regular season, according to ESPN.

The Warriors have 11 games remaining on their schedule and their final regular season game is April 12 against the Lakers.

On Tuesday, prior to the Warriors game against Dallas, Durant was seen working out on the court and putting up jump shots.

Just a day earlier, Durant worked up a good sweat while riding a stationary bike in Oklahoma City.

Durant is expected to be re-evaluated by the Warriors' medical staff next week.

After initially struggling without Durant, the Warriors have won five straight games. Durant sat on the bench for the road wins in Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Over the weekend, Warriors PG Stephen Curry and PF Draymond Green addressed Durant's recovery.

“You can tell he’s making improvements and following the game plan,” Curry told the media. “I see him in the weight room doing cardio stuff trying to stay as close to game shape as he can while he’s hurt. You like to see improvements every day. We still don’t know when he’ll be back.”

“When he’s ready, we’ll know,” Green told the media. “But it’s not really our job to try to figure out every day how he’s doing. You can kind of see he’s getting better and you just leave it at that.”

 

Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson

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Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson

SAN FRANCISCO -- He is among the greatest basketball coaches ever to walk a sideline. Creative and abrasive, accomplished yet unfulfilled, all wrapped in a 6-foot-7 package of Svengali.

Some say Don Nelson, who served two stints coaching the Warriors, was brutally honest, others insist needlessly cruel. There is little dispute, though, that “Nellie” could be as subjective as the sun is hot.

If you were one of “his guys,” you could do little wrong.

If you weren’t, you knew it early and you heard it often -- as former Warriors center Adonal Foyle, who was on the roster for 10 seasons, discovered in 2006.

“Don Nelson told me the first day he showed up at the gym: ‘You suck. You’ll never play for me. You make too much money.’ That was it,“ Foyle recalled Tuesday on the Warriors Insider Podcast.

“And he was having a cigar when he did it.”

Foyle, who returned to the Warriors in 2014 to serves as a Community Ambassador, clearly enjoyed his time with the “We Believe” Warriors, despite and because of the presence of Nelson. Foyle quickly learned about the two sides of Nellie.

Nelson had favorites. There was, in his first stint coaching the Warriors, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, to name two. In his second stint, there was Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson.

Yet the list of those who could not seem to escape Nelson’s doghouse may have been longer, including the likes of Terry Teagle, Tyrone Hill, Sarunas Marciulionis and, later, Al Harrington, Ike Diogu, Marco Belinelli. Nelson’s most famous object of disgust was, of course, Chris Webber.

Foyle, who logged 1,824 minutes before Nelson’s arrival in 2006, played only 475 minutes in 2006-07.

“I knew I wasn’t going to play, because he made it clear,” Foyle recalled. “So I could be pissed off. I could be angry.

“I’m just going to be there. I’m just going to do my job the best way I could for that year. And I’m just going to learn. And I’m just going to help our where I can. I’ll help my teammates out. I’ll do the job that I’m paid to do.”

Foyle, the team’s all-time leader in blocked shots (1,140), scored a total of 107 points that season. His 50 blocks ranked third on the team. His ratio of blocks, one every 9.5 minutes, led the team.

The Warriors staged a furious rally to close the season, ending a 13-year postseason drought by gaining the No. 8 seed. They pulled off an epic upset, stunning top-seeded Dallas in the first round.

The Utah Jazz in the second round eliminated the Warriors in five games, the last played on May 15.

Ninety days later, Nelson and the Warriors bought out Foyle’s contract. He spent his final two seasons in Orlando and Memphis.