Warriors drop third in a month to Thunder


Warriors drop third in a month to Thunder


Thunder 110, Warriors 87Player of the game: Kevin Durant had 23 points on 9-for-14 from the field and 10 rebounds and six assists in just 30 minutes.
Key stretch: The Warriors were sitting pretty midway through the second quarter and were up 39-36. But the Thunders trio of Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden turned things on, and they turned them on in a hurry.They finished the half on a 22-9 run and wound up going into the intermission up 58-48; from that point on, Oklahoma City was in control."Thats the second straight game where the second quarter hurt us," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Against Portland and tonight we gave up 38 points in the second quarter. Eighteen turnovers on the road versus a very good team in their own building. I thought we got great looks. Tough loss but the good news is off to Memphis" (where the Warriors play Saturday).Ellis banged-up: Shooting guard Monta Ellis tweaked his right knee late in the third quarter. Ellis fell awkwardly while going for the ball against the Thunders Reggie Jackson and stayed down for a little bit.He went to the bench and began getting treatment from trainer Chad Bergman before heading to the locker room. Ellis returned to the bench, and the Warriors said he was available to return, but coach Mark Jackson didnt go to him.Westbrook, too: Earlier in the period, Westbrook rolled his right ankle while going to the bucket on a fastbreak. Westbrook took the ball into traffic, but he didnt appear to step on anyones foot.He simply rolled the ankle while trying to make a cut. He went to the locker room for treatment.Curry struggles: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had one of his least productive games of the season. Curry missed eight of his first 10 attempts and had four turnovers by the midway point of the third quarter.Curry hit a couple of cosmetic 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points on 4-for-13 from the floor. He also had four turnovers and four assists.Jackson was less concerned with Currys play than his team in general.We have to be consistent for 48 minutes, Jackson said. Especially on the road. We gave them life with our turnovers.Taking advantage: Oklahoma City entered Fridays game leading the NBA in turnovers, averaging 17.1 per game. The Warriors did a nice job of forcing OKC into nine turnovers in the first half which led to 11 first-half points. Those turnovers were a big reason why the Warriors were able to keep the game within 10 at halftime.Thunder injuries: The Thunder were without two starters for Friday nights game. Shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha missed the game because of an injured foot, and center Kendrick Perkins was also out because of a knee contusion.Perkins sustained the injury when he banged his knee in Oklahoma Citys last game against the Houston Rockets.

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.