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Durant reveals second-favorite jersey number, 'I can't get that here'


Durant reveals second-favorite jersey number, 'I can't get that here'

The Warriors play the Lakers Monday night in Los Angeles. 

With the Lakers at 10-17 and currently owning the 11-seed in the Western Conference, this would seem like just any other game. Grabbing a ticket, however, will be nearly impossible. 

The Lakers are honoring Kobe Bryant that night at Staples Center. Bryant will have both No. 8 and No. 24 retired by the team he spent his entire 20-year career.

Kevin Durant has worn the same jersey number his entire 11-year NBA career. He first started sporting No. 35 his one and only season at the University of Texas. 

"To have two numbers retired, it had me thinking, damn, that'd be cool," Durant said to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "I got another favorite number that I like.”

Durant then revealed his other favorite number to be 11. But, that's off limits in Golden State. 

"I can't get that here,” Durant continued saying. 

Klay Thompson has worn No. 11 throughout his seven-year career with the Warriors. He did wear No. 1 at Washington State though, so maybe Durant has a chance to do his own Kobe impression one day. 

Warriors players pay their respects to Steph Curry after six-game road sweep


Warriors players pay their respects to Steph Curry after six-game road sweep

The Warriors completed a six-game road sweep for the first time in franchise history on Friday night with a 102-98 win over the Pistons. Golden State's historic trip on the road has only been done 11 times in NBA history and not in nine years before they did so. 

It wasn't easy either. The Warriors won the final two games of the trip without Steph Curry after spraining his right ankle. After the win in Detroit, teammates gave their two-time MVP some love, including Kevin Durant, who has scored 71 points the last two games. 

Durant used #itsnotthesamewithoutsteph to pay homage and Klay Thompson went with #notthesamewithout30

Back home. #itsnotthesamewithoutsteph don’t play yourself. #dubs

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That road trip was epic! #notthesamewithout30 #roadwarriors

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Great trip. 6-0 Back to Cali. @stephencurry30 here we come.

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Curry watched the game from and loved what he saw. 

Medical staff will re-evaluate Curry in two weeks. Through 23 games, he leads the Warriors with 26.3 points per game and is averaging 6.6 assists per game.

With Curry out, Kerr emphasizes 'what KD and Klay need to pay attention to'


With Curry out, Kerr emphasizes 'what KD and Klay need to pay attention to'

For the Warriors, life without Steph Curry (for a couple of weeks that is) begins on Wednesday night in Charlotte.

Following shootaround, Steve Kerr talked to reporters about what Golden State needs to focus on while the two-time MVP is sidelined.

"We don't need KD and Klay to shoot every time," Kerr began. "That's gonna be the word: 'Now it's time for Klay and KD to step up.' But we don't need them to step up by shooting every time. We need them to step up with leadership and calming influences. And make sure we're executing our stuff really well.

"We're the best transition team in the league. Our halfcourt offense sometimes is lacking because we rely too much on our talent and we don't maybe pay attention. We gotta pay attention. This has to grab our attention as a team.

"And that's where we can make the most improvement anyway -- whether Steph is here or not -- is our halfcourt execution; our attention to detail. That's what KD and Klay need to pay attention to, not 'I'm gonna get 40 to make up for Steph's absence.'" 

The Warriors lead the NBA by a wide margin in fastbreak points per game -- 22.9.

The Lakers are No. 2 at 15.3.

Curry averages 6.6 assists per game (tied for the ninth in the NBA), which is not a massive number (Draymond Green leads the Warriors with 7.1 assists per game).

But he strikes fear in defenses and his gravity creates countless open shots for his teammates. This is why he leads the league in secondary assists (1.7 per game).

Playing without him will definitely be an adjustment.

"What makes our team special is not having an MVP or two MVPs. It's having a team of playmakers," Kerr told reporters. "I want Shaun involved, I want Andre involved, I want David West playing on the block. And KD and Klay can foster all of that by moving the ball and cutting and screening and then everything will come out in the wash and we'll play well.

"But we can't get into iso situations and just think that just because we have a lot of talent, iso stuff will bail us out. We gotta work."

According to NBA.com, only 6.0 percent of the Warriors' possessions have been "isolation" plays -- the seventh lowest mark in the league.

Golden State leads the league in "off screen" plays (12.2) and "cut" plays (12.7 percent).

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller