Early in the season, the Warriors were reportedly chill about the possibility of Kevin Durant leaving for the Knicks. But that was before he got into a heated argument with Draymond Green, said Golden State was passing too much, lashed out at the media and pointedly disagreed with Steve Kerr for suddenly call on the team to play angrier after long preaching playing with joy.
The LeBron James era is in full effect, but contrary to those who thought players would flock to him in a big market like the Los Angeles Lakers provides, he wound up with myriad misfits as role players — something that has greatly slowed his rise as a powerhouse in the Western Conference. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who played the part of grim reaper in James’ last two NBA Finals appearances, notes that players have ultimately taken notice of the risk/reward factor in playing alongside a megastar of his caliber:
Golden State faced its hardest road to a title yet, and expensive roster decisions are coming up. But the rest of the league will face bigger concerns trying to topple this team.
Kevin Durant captured the NBA Finals MVP award for the second consecutive year, beating Stephen Curry.
The Basketball Hall of Fame doesn't have many players like Green. Kevin Pelton looks at the case for and against the Warriors' power forward.
You've feared them. You've been in awe of them. Now we break down the Warriors' video-game third quarters, when all opponents can do is pray for a merciful end.
While his fellow All-Stars struggled, Kevin Durant thrived on the road with a dominant performance to lead the Warriors to a commanding 3-0 NBA Finals lead.
Stephen Curry broke Ray Allen's NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers as the Warriors led wire-to-wire in an easy Game 2 win over the Cavs.
The Golden State Warriors didn’t add Kevin Durant with your feelings in mind. Basketball fans can lament all that they want about how Durant’s presence is unfair on what already was a great team, but that was the plan. The Warriors wanted to be unflappable at times when they appeared vulnerable; to not miss a beat if Stephen Curry was unavailable or physically compromised; to limit their opponent’s margin for error to zero. They wanted to be able to walk into a visiting arena, in the first game of a playoff series against a team that has had its sights fixated on them all season — and watch Durant burn down the whole place with flamethrower turnaround jumper after flamethrower pull-up jumper.
The series the NBA world has been waiting for from the moment Chris Paul requested a trade last summer that sent him to the Houston Rockets to join forces with James Harden has arrived. It's the Rockets vs. the four-time Western Conference and two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors for West supremacy.
With all other contenders dispatched, the Warriors and Rockets finally meet in what some thought was inevitable -- a matchup between the regular season's top two teams in the Western Conference for a spot in the NBA Finals.
Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento's Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night. Preliminary tests show McCaw has no structural damage or problems with his nervous system following the fall. He is expected to be released from the hospital on Sunday. Golden State announced that X-rays, a CT scan and an MRI "were all clear." McCaw is scheduled to be re-examined by a specialist on Thursday and his injury - aside from anything related to the impact of the fall - will be listed as a bruised lumbar spine.
The Warriors and the NBA are still coping with the news involving Steph Curry, who’s scheduled to miss at least three weeks after suffering a knee sprain; that’s what the latest diagnosis from the Warriors tell us. But of course the injury scare goes a bit deeper. If the Warriors or their fans believe in omens, this doesn’t bode well for the postseason. Curry has had ankle and now knee issues and he hasn’t been the only Warriors player dealing with pain this season.
In his first game back since missing six contests because of a right ankle injury, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry left late in the third quarter of Friday night's 106-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks because of a knee injury and did not return. The Warriors said Curry suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee and would undergo an MRI on Saturday. The incident occurred when teammate JaVale McGee elevated for a block attempt and ended up falling on the left leg of Curry. The two-time NBA MVP immediately began hopping and then limping in pain.
The Warriors head to Washington on Tuesday but will not visit the White House. Instead, they will take a side trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. President Trump uninvited them to the White House because of hesitancy about the visit that was expressed by coach Steve Kerr and star Stephen Curry.
The Golden State Warriors were starting to recover from a couple of early glitches, and the Los Angeles Clippers were the last undefeated team in the NBA. And then the Detroit Pistons rolled through California. The Warriors and Clippers can commiserate when they meet Monday after both were defeated by the Pistons over the weekend. The Clippers fell 95-87 to Detroit on Saturday for their first loss of the season, and the Warriors played a far-too-gracious host a day later in a 115-107 setback to the Pistons.
The Golden State Warriors came back from 17 points down to pick up their first win of the season, rallying to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 128-120 Friday night at Smoothie King Center. Golden State (1-1) started the game off lethargic, and its transition defense was spotty as it gave up 39 first-quarter points. New Orleans (0-2) secured most of the 50-50 balls.
In the Golden (State) Era of the NBA, we view the rest of the league through a Warriors prism. It’s no different for the Houston Rockets, who added a slightly past-his-prime superstar to a 55-win squad and otherwise would be a leading title contender. The league isn’t measured by title contenders with an “s” anymore, though, because there’s one clear favorite that’s too prominent to ignore. Instead, we ask how the best non-Bay Area teams stack up against the Warriors. Can they play them competitively? Hell, can they even match up at all?
Kevin Durant may be from the Washington area, but he has no intention of visiting one of the city’s most famous landmarks anytime soon. On Wednesday, Durant, who grew up in Seat Pleasant, Md., said he will not attend a White House reception to celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship if President Trump invites the team. “Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN’s Chris Haynes on Thursday. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now.” Speaking of Trump, Durant said, “I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”
Kyrie Irving is ready to end his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as league sources told ESPN that the guard has asked the team to trade him. The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.