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Warriors Pull Through To Victory Thanks To Durant

Critics of the Golden State Warriors may have celebrated Thursday night when the team’s champion Steph Curry injured his ankle, forcing the team to confront the San Antonia Spurs without their star player.

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Critics of the Golden State Warriors may have celebrated Thursday night when the team’s champion Steph Curry injured his ankle, forcing the team to confront the San Antonia Spurs without their star player, but the Warriors pulled through to achieve a stunning 110-107 victory despite their loss. Largely propelled by an astonishing performance put in by Kevin Durant, the Warriors trounced over the Spurs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, but fans are still abuzz about the Curry’s injury, which could bog the team down in future games.

Things weren’t looking good for the Warriors early on in their game against the Spurs; fans sprang to their feet to catch a glimpse of Steph Curry as he went down with an ankle injury, and up until the last minutes of the game it appeared as if the Spurs might knock the Warriors down from their podium and insert themselves into the national spotlight. Despite the early hurdle to their success, however, the team put in a stunning performance; Kevin Durant scored a game-high 37 points alone, for instance, with Klay Thompson and JaVale McGee each putting up a respectable 13 to boot.

Fans who may have been in tears about Curry’s absence on the court early on likely went home with some new favorites, as the nail-biting game was virtually decided on the basis of Durant’s epic performance in the closing five minutes, in which he scored 15 of his 37 points, which you can see on CentSports. At one point dropping 14 points in a row, Durant seamed unstoppable on the court, and explained how he felt the need to be particularly aggressive thanks to Curry’s absence.

“Without Steph, we’re missing a lot on the offensive side of the ball,” Durant said. “We just tried to be aggressive,” Durant remarked, according to SFGate.

Despite the impressive performance put in by the other Warriors as Curry was pulled from the court, however, fans will likely remain concerned about their star player’s future, especially given that his ankle-woes are nothing new. Curry has sprained his right ankle four times this season alone, and the handicap that’s taken him off the court before could surface again in the future when the team is facing some fierce competition.

The basketball star will have to sit out a two-game trip thanks to his most recent ankle injury, per CBS Sports, meaning fans will be on edge to see if Durant and the other’s team-saving performance was a one-hit wonder, or a new normal for the Warriors. With the Warriors now only half a game behind the Rockets for the best record in the Western Conference, tensions will be high as the team heads to its next match with the eyes of the basketball world upon it.

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Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Says Fans Have Called Him ‘N—-r’, Says He’s Reported it to League

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Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins is speaking out about how NBA fans treat players, revealing that fans have called him the N-word during games and stating that he had reported the incidents to the league.

Cousins discussed the incidents during an interview with Chris Haynes on the ‘Posted Up’ podcast:

“Oh, I’ve been called n—-r, and it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back, and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook] and he was still fined for it. I don’t really understand it. We’re the product. We push this league. So, I don’t understand. When does our safety, when does, it become important?”

While Cousins spoke candidly about his experiences, he did not specific which cities in which he heard the racial slurs.

“I don’t really want to, because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base” Cousins said when discussing which cities he heard the slurs. T”here are ignorant individuals in every city. I’ll just put it like that. [NBA] tells you to ignore it, or whatever the case may be. But how many times am I supposed to ignore that? Me coming from where I come from [Mobile, Alabama]. They lucky all they got was a response.”

While Cousins did not mention any cities or teams, Haynes reported that one city was Sacramento, where Cousins spent the majority of his career playing for the Kings.

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Steph Curry Talks LeBron James Trash Talking During Game 1 of NBA Finals

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Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is gearing up, along with his team, to defend their 2018 NBA Championship, their 2nd in a row and 3rd in 4 years, when the 2018-2019 regular season kicks off this fall, but he is still discussing the 2018 NBA Finals.

Curry specifically is discussing his shock as the trash talk from then Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, which threw Curry off.

Curry and James’ relationship is seemingly in an odd place. James was “like a mentor” to Curry when curry was in college playing at Davidson, but things seem a bit icy now as Curry’s Warriors and James’ Cavaliers (James is now on the Los Angeles Lakers) met in some heated battles in the NBA Finals over the past couple of years.

Despite the shift in their relationship, Curry was still caught of guard by James’ approach, particularly in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

“It was never going to spill over to that” Curry said, during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast (h/t NBC Sports Bay Area’s Drew Shiller).

“But it was an interesting moment …I was hot because I was trying to finish out a possession, I think it was less than a minute left, I didn’t see him coming over from the weak side so I tried to do a little soft scoop layup and he pinned it. Then he stared me down and he said something to me.

“And I was like, ‘That’s what we’re really on right now? We’re about to win and you’re worried about mean-blocking my shot and talking trash?’ And then the whole Tristan and Draymond thing happened and I went back up to him and I was like, ‘Yo, what’s up? Is this really what we’re about right now?’

“And he was like, ‘I gotta do that to make sure my teammates know I’m a mentor’ and it’s a part of his leadership and that type of deal. And I was like, ‘I don’t want to be the sacrificial lamb for your leadership.’ (laughter). Come on man, that’s messed up.”

The rift goes a bit deeper than that, and a book from The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson, entitled ‘Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry’, it is elaborated, highlighting a 2016 Halloween Party thrown by James that featured a dummy of Steph Curry that was on the floor, forcing guests to step over it.

Now that the two are in the same division, thanks to James’ signing with the Lakers, betting websites will have a field day this season when the two teams take the court, and James continues his mission to topple the juggernaut Warriors.

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Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Allegedly Punched Warriors’ Draymond Green at Night Club

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green apparently took their on-court beef off the court as the two allegedly had an altercation at a Los Angeles night club.

According to online gossip site Bossip, Green had approached Thompson to apologize for what happened after Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but Thompson wasn’t interested.

When Green persisted, Thompson punched Green.

Green and Thompson got into it numerous times throughout the Finals, with Green even insulting Thompson as Thompson attempted to shake his hand following the infamous Game 4.

Here is more from The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre:

 

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