Warriors defeat Bulls 66-57, stay undefeated in Summer League

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Warriors defeat Bulls 66-57, stay undefeated in Summer League

The Warriors (4-0) remain undefeated in Summer League play after Fridays 66-57 victory over the Chicago Bulls (0-3). The win was due in large part to the play of Warriors top pick Harrison Barnes who led the team with 20 points and shot 7-of-16 from the floor.

Tied for second with 11 points for Golden State were Charles Jenkins and Kent Bazemore. Bazemore also had an impressive seven blocked shots and eight rebounds, helping to secure the win.

Coming into Fridays game, the Warriors were victors in their first three contests, and have a chance at a perfect Summer League record with only one game remaining. The Bulls on the other hand are still looking for a win in the NBA Summer League.

It was the Warriors stifling defense that denied Chicago their first win. The Bulls were limited to just 25 percent shooting from the floor and converted on only 1-of-11 three-point attempts.

On the brighter side for the Bulls, forward Malcolm Thomas, who spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs, managed to record a double-double with 16 rebounds and 12 points. Guard Marquis Teague out of the University of Kentucky also scored 12 points and had a team high two steals.

The Warriors wrap up their Summer League schedule and look for a perfect 5-0 record Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against the New Orleans Hornets.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.