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Kevin Durant out for Game 2 vs Blazers

Kevin Durant out for Game 2 vs Blazers

OAKLAND -- As anticipated based on his absence at morning shootaround, Kevin Durant was ruled out of Game 2 of Warriors-Blazers Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the official announcement two hours before the 7:40 tipoff.

“No, he won’t play,” Kerr said. “It’s not worth it.”

In addition to Durant, guard Shaun Livingston and forward Matt Barnes also will be miss Game 2. Kerr expressed optimism that all three players will be available for Game 3 Saturday in Portland.

“It’s just day to day,” Kerr said.

Durant sustained a left calf strain when he was kneed from behind by Portland center Noah Vonleh late in the third quarter of Game 1 on Saturday.

Though he was examined by a member of the Warriors training staff between the third and fourth quarters, Durant was initially said he was fine. He has since been confined to receiving treatment.

Though Durant scored a team-high 32 points in Game 1, the Warriors felt it best hold him out as a precaution. Because of the sensitivity of muscle strains, Kerr said he did not want to take any risks.

Former Warriors forward wins BIG3’s Best Trash Talker

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Former Warriors forward wins BIG3’s Best Trash Talker

Stephen Jackson is known as one of the biggest characters in Warriors history. 

The 14-year NBA veteran always let you know what he was thinking. Some things never change. 

Jackson, now playing for the Killer 3s in the BIG3, was awarded the league's Best Trash Talker award on Wednesday. 

Serving as the Killer 3s co-captain with Chauncey Billups, Jackson is currently leading the league in scoring. At 39 years old, Jackson is averaging 21.6 points per game over 31.7 minutes per game. 

In four seasons with the Warriors, Jackson poured in 19.4 points and 5.0 assists per game. Over 14 years in the NBA, he averaged 15.1 points per game. 

Former Warriors big man Al Harrington was voted Too Hard to Guard with his 15.3 points per game. 

Klay reacts to report that Cavs contacted Warriors about possible trade

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Klay reacts to report that Cavs contacted Warriors about possible trade

Klay Thompson is unintentionally hilarious.

He's one of the best quotes in the NBA.

On Wednesday, he spoke with The Athletic's Anthony Slater.

One topic discussed -- the report that Cavs GM Koby Altman called the Warriors to discuss a potential Klay for Kyrie Irving deal.

“It's really cool. It shows the Warriors believe in me and these other teams want me to be a part of their success. So I appreciate it. I've been in trade rumors forever. Everyone has. Except for maybe LeBron James, Steph — well, even Steph early in his career.

"It's part of the business. It is flattering and I do appreciate it.”

Back in October 2014, Klay signed a 4-year extension worth $68,979,450.

He will make $17,826,150 next season and $18,988,725 in 2018-19.

Before he hits unrestricted free agency, he understands that rumors will persist.

"You gotta deal with that as a professional," Klay acknowledged. "The only untouchables in this league, there might be like five or six of them. Other than that, you have to expect it.

"When you hear the rumors, it means you're wanted. You're doing something right. Look at the bright side. But I'm happy I'm still with the Warriors. I hope to be here my whole career. It's a great place to play."

But then Klay said something that may concern Warriors fans:

"We got such a good thing going, I just don't want to leave yet. It's rare in the NBA to have a team that can win with the culture we created. It's hard to put a price on it.

"When that conversation does come up though… man, it's so far away. What are we talking about? So far."

Keyword = "yet."

What does "yet" mean?

Stay tuned.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller