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Celtics-Warriors: What to watch for

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Celtics-Warriors: What to watch for

Oh, by the way, the Warriors still have plenty of games toplay, and the Celtics are coming to Oracle on Wednesday.While the trade of Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown tothe Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson is the big news, the remainingWarriors will have to deal with Boston, currently playing its third game of aneight-game road trip.The Warriors are coming off a surprising win on Tuesdaynight against the Kings in Sacramento, but they will likely be short offirepower for the rest of the season.
Theyve lost their best player and leading scorer in Ellisand their starting center in Udoh. In addition, Stephen Currys status remainsin limbo.Here are some things to watch for during the Celtics-Warriors game:Offense issues: Without Ellis, theWarriors are going to need other players to step up with their scoring, and itlikely starts with Dorell Wright and Nate Robinson.Wright has been in a shooting slump much of the season, butthere are signs hes coming out of it. As for Robinson, hell likely get moreplaying time now that Ellis is gone, and hell have more of a free reign thanbefore.The Celtics have been playing better of late, and theirdefense has picked up. It will be interesting to see how the Warriors scoreifwhen Boston really bears down on defense.Lets see about Klay: The player whostands to benefit most from the trade of Ellis is rookie shooting guard KlayThompson. It seems apparent that the Warriors believe he can be the two guardof the future, and the future starts now.RELATED: Klay Thompson game logs splits news
Thompson struggled from the field against the Kings onTuesday night, but righted himself some in the second half. It will be worthnoting how Thompson handles his extra minutes for example, how will he bounceback against the Celtics after playing a career-high 42 minutes againstSacramento.Effort and energy: The Warriors obviouslygave up a lot of talent in this trade and Bogut doesnt figure on playing therest of this season. It alsoremains unclear what role if any Jackson will have with theWarriors.Against the Kings, the Warriors got after it defensively andwon going away. Some of that was the Warriors effort level and some of it wasthe Kings being flat.If the Warriors want to have any hope of winning some gameson the way toward the end of the season, theyre going to have to getconscientious efforts from most of their players each and every night.

Bravo For Durant: No White House visit proves he has a set of principles

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Bravo For Durant: No White House visit proves he has a set of principles

Though the Warriors have yet to receive an invitation to visit the White House in the wake of their championship season, one of their superstars already has decided he would not participate.

Kevin Durant, the NBA Finals MVP who grew up practically in the shadow of the White House, said he would not visit.

"Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN on Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now."

Bravo for Durant. For speaking up when so many others are silent and, by acknowledging that this is an individual decision, proving he is willing to stand on a personal set of principles.

Visiting his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md. for “Kevin Durant Day,” the forward didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name but made clear his disdain for the man who currently occupies the White House.

"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that," Durant said. "That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

Durant is not the first Warrior to publicly express such sentiments. Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston have specifically said they would not be willing to make the visit that has become customary for American championship teams. Coach Steve Kerr and veteran forward David West have been vocal in denouncing Trump’s discriminatory rhetoric and boorish behavior.

Uncertain whether an invitation is forthcoming, the Warriors issued a statement in June saying any collective decision regarding a White House visit would be made “when and if necessary.”

Their championship season ended two months ago. Training camp for next season begins next month. There has been no invitation.

Durant’s comments Thursday represent his first that directly address the possibility of visiting the White House. The Warriors, after their 2105 championship, made the visit when Barack Obama was president.

"I just wanted to sit back and analyze everything and gather my thoughts," he told ESPN. "I wanted to say something immediately, but I definitely want to be the voice of where I come from and people who have come from my neighborhood and deal with oppression.”

Addressing the division that has infected the national landscape, Durant pointed directly at Trump.

"He's definitely driving it," Durant said. "I feel ever since he's got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it's not a coincidence. When Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.

"So, to see that, and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top -- leadership trickles down to the rest of us. So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn't care about all people, then we won't go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won't see any progress."

Though not all Warriors have publicly commented on the subject, Durant’s hunch is accurate. This team has a collective conscience. There are causes in which every member believes, and two such causes are equality and inclusiveness.

Those alone are enough to ensure they would not splinter on this issue.

Kevin Durant doesn't respect Donald Trump: 'Until we get him out of here...'

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Kevin Durant doesn't respect Donald Trump: 'Until we get him out of here...'

If the Warriors get invited to the White House and accept, will Kevin Durant attend?

"Nah, I won't do that," the 2017 NBA Finals MVP told ESPN's Chris Haynes on Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now.

"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that. That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

The Warriors are scheduled to play the Wizards in Washington D.C. on Feb. 28 (which happens to be the same date of last season's game in D.C. when Durant injured his knee).

On Monday, Steve Kerr provided an update.

"We have talked as an organization about a potential White House invitation and what that would mean," he told Damon Bruce of 95.7 The Game. "A couple weeks ago we decided let's get the players together and talk about it later this summer when we can -- just before Media Day probably.

"And we'll do that, and I'll just leave it at that."

Durant -- who is from Maryland -- was in his hometown of Seat Pleasant on Thursday to celebrate "Kevin Durant Day."

He didn't hold back when discussing Donald Trump.

"I feel ever since he's got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it's not a coincidence. When Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black President, and that was a first.

"So, to see that, and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top -- leadership trickles down to the rest of us.

"So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn't care about all people, then we won't go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won't see any progress."

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