Warrriors without Lee, Jefferson in L.A.


Warrriors without Lee, Jefferson in L.A.

The Warriors will not have center David Lee or small forward Richard Jefferson for Saturday's game with the Clippers, the team announced Friday.

Lee has been suffering from pain in his groin for several weeks and underwent an MRI Friday that revealed a strain and a stress reaction. Team doctors advised Lee that he should not play until the condition has fully healed.

Lee has played in 57 games this season and is averaging 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He scored 20 points in a loss to the Mavs on Thursday.

Jefferson, obtained in a mid-March deal with the Spurs, is suffering from swelling in his right knee. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI in the Bay Area late Friday afternoon. Results of the MRI will be released when available. He's averaged 9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 17 contests for Golden State.

Jefferson will remain in the Bay Area to receive treatment and miss tomorrows game in Los Angeles against the Clippers. Lee is expected to travel with the team to L.A.

Kevin Durant crushes hopes and dreams of Knicks fans everywhere


Kevin Durant crushes hopes and dreams of Knicks fans everywhere

Kevin Durant's summer of court dedications continued recently with a stop in New York City.

After christening a new court at the East Side Community High School in Manhattan, Durant stopped by the House of Hoops in Harlem.

Durant documented the whole trip in a YouTube video post on Tuesday.

While Durant was taking a photo with attendees, a hopeful Knicks fan had a question for the NBA Finals MVP.

"Yo, when are you coming to the Knicks, man?" the fan asked.

"Never," Durant said loudly with a smile on his face.

The Washington, D.C. native took another shot at New York City during the visit.

"NYC, the so-called Mecca of basketball. I'll say it's second in line Mecca of basketball next to Washington, D.C. But I still got love for NYC," Durant said.

Durant and the Warriors make their lone trip to Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks on Feb. 26, 2018.

Durant boasts second best odds to capture 2017-18 MVP award


Durant boasts second best odds to capture 2017-18 MVP award

The 2017-18 NBA season doesn't officially start until Oct. 17, but it's never too early to look at the MVP odds.

Russell Westbrook -- who won the award last year -- is the leader in the clubhouse (7/2), according to Bovada.

Kevin Durant -- the 2017 NBA Finals MVP -- is right on his heels with 9/2 odds.

Kawhi Leonard (13/2), LeBron James (15/2) and James Harden (8/1) round out the Top 5.

Ummmmm, Steph Curry?

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He checks in at No. 7 with 11/1 odds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is sixth (17/2).

Draymond Green (60/1) has the 21st best odds.

Klay Thompson was not listed.

Last year, Curry finished in sixth place in the MVP voting -- three third-place votes, one fourth-place vote and 34 fifth-place votes.

Durant received two fifth-place votes.

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