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Jackson addresses lack of late production from Lee, Curry

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Jackson addresses lack of late production from Lee, Curry

OAKLAND Coming off a tough 93-91 loss to Portland thenight before, Warriors coach Mark Jackson and his staff put the team through abrief practice on Thursday the first part spent working with perimeter players and the secondpart with the bigs.Afterward, Jackson addressed the issue of neither David Leenor Stephen Curry being much of a factor down the stretch of that game, and,quite frankly, not being much of a factor down the stretch all season.
On whether hed like to see Lee and Curry be more apart of the offense during crunch time, get more shots: Id like to see my home-run hitters aggressive, Jackson said. Id like tosee us make unselfish plays and read the defense. One thing about those guys isthey do a nice job of not forcing the issue. Some people would probably like tosee them force the issue. Id like to see them make plays and I think theyredoing a good job of just that.RELATED: Again, Curry, Lee don't do much down stretch
On Nate Robinson taking nine shots in the fourthquarter, and seemingly being involved in every play late in the game, andwhether hed like to see more shot distribution:He played great and made plays and put us in position towin, Jackson said. Id like to see us not allow them to have secondopportunities on the offensive boards.Id like to see us not turn the basketball over.I think its overblown how many shots Nate Robinson had orhow few shots David or Steph had. That has nothing to do with winning. If weclose out defensive possessions and we dont allow them a second opportunityat the other end, the games over.Nate played exceptionally well, and did not take a badshot. I thought it was a good job by those guys understanding how we werehurting them offensively. And, at the end of the day, defensively we did anexceptional job of forcing them into tough ones.On Monta Ellis and Robinson taking most of theteams big shots this season, and whether Lee and Curry havent been aggressiveenough or Ellis and Robinson havent given up the ball.Ultimately, there have been times where Steph wasnt on thefloor due to injury, Jackson said. Where Monta, the ball was in his hands,and it was either make a play or shoot the basketball.Weve certainly gone to David at times down the stretch. We havent designated anybodyclosing out the ballgame. A minute left and weve designed plays and basically gotlooks out of it. But it hasnt been Its your shot, its your play.Thats just the way its boiled down. Ultimately weregoing to continue to get better and Im sure those guys will take and maketheir share of big shots.

Playing in OKC is no longer a big deal for Durant: 'Just a regular game'

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Playing in OKC is no longer a big deal for Durant: 'Just a regular game'

Kevin Durant in his first season with the Warriors faced three benchmark games, two of which were against the Cavaliers and, specifically, LeBron James. The third was his return to Oklahoma City, where Durant created his NBA legend.

With all eyes on him, Durant aced all three exams. He was individually better than LeBron, twice, and when he arrived in Oklahoma City last February, with thousands of emotionally wounded fans targeting him for ridicule, he ravaged his former team.

Durant totaled a team-high 34 points (12-of-21 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line), nine rebounds and three assists in a 130-114 rout.

So there will be no such dramatic backdrop Wednesday when Durant takes the floor at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and it is anticipated his sprained left ankle will have healed sufficiently enough to allow him to play. Regardless of whether he plays, hHs return this time simply will not generate the tremendous local turbulence it did last season.

“It was a pretty fun moment to be a part of,” Durant told reporters at practice Tuesday. “You always respect the players on the court. And the people that have stuff to say about what’s going on on the court, they really don’t matter.

“So I just tried to go out there and think about that. Just realize that the players on the court are the most important and I know if I don’t focus and lock in, I won’t play to the best of my ability. I tried to block out all the nonsense and the BS and just go out there and play.”

There should be considerably less BS and nonsense this time around, for this is a more evolved Durant and this is not the OKC team he left behind, shattered in a dozen little pieces scattered around a new solo act that was Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook now has two fellow All-Stars at his side. OKC general manager Sam Presti navigated offseason deals to acquire both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. There is a sense that the reloaded Thunder can make some playoff noise, and that matters in the wake of a steep drop last postseason.

Having spent most of a day interviewing locals in advance of the Warriors-Thunder game last season, it was apparent those folks were heartbroken by KD’s departure but perhaps more crestfallen about what little was left of their beloved team.

Durant, who remains connected to some of his personal causes in OKC, seems to recognize that. It’s enough to assuage any unease he may have felt for the fans that once adored him.

Asked Tuesday if there was any lingering sentiment about returning to the place where he spent eight seasons, Durant barely hesitated.

“No, it’s just a regular game for me now,” he said. “I learned how to tune out the crowd. I learned how to tune out the b------t and just play. Just keep it at basketball and I’ll be all right.”

It has been 16 months since Durant woke up on the morning of July 4 and announced his decision to sign with the Warriors. Durant has adapted to the Bay Area. He drives the local streets, rides BART every so often and has his favorite spots. He has his hands all over the high-tech industry that drives so much of the energy here.

Durant has moved deeply into the next phase of his career and has his eyes on his post-career options. OKC was home for most of his NBA life, but he now lives elsewhere.

Kevin Durant is in a good place, in most every way, and he likes it.

“I’ve been in the league for this long and been in every situation as a basketball player: losing games, winning games, overtime games, winning a championship, losing a championship, MVP, coming in second in the MVP,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been through everything in the league as an individual player. All those experiences have given me knowledge and given me insight on the game and what it’s about.

“It’s pretty simple when you think about it. You work, you work, you work. You gain experience, you gain knowledge and when it’s time to give it to somebody else you do it. When it’s time to apply it to your game, you just apply it when you play. “

When KD steps on the floor Wednesday and sees George and Anthony behind Westbrook, he can’t help but feel the difference. He has moved on and so have the Thunder.

There is reason, good reason, to believe the man when he says going back this time is just another game.

JaVale McGee wins fun bet with Steph Curry over Nevada-Davidson game

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JaVale McGee wins fun bet with Steph Curry over Nevada-Davidson game

UPDATE (9:01pm PT): It's fanny pack time for Steph Curry.

His Davidson Wildcats lost to JaVale McGee's Nevada Wolf Pack 81-68 on Tuesday night, meaning the Warriors' point guard will have to wear a fanny pack to at least three games.

McGee and his alma mater wasted no time celebrating their big victory.

No response from Curry yet. We'll find out Wednesday if he makes good on his obligation to wear the fanny pack.

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When your alma mater plays the alma mater of your teammate, you have to put a wager on the outcome of the game.

That's exactly what Steph Curry and JaVale McGee have done for Tuesday night's clash between the Davidson Wildcats and Nevada Wolf Pack.

But money isn't on the line. Public embarrassment is, though.

Curry and McGee shared the wager on Twitter ahead of the 7pm PT tip-off.

If Curry's Wildcats win, McGee has to serve as his caddie for one round of golf and the Warriors center can't use a golf cart. He has to walk and carry Curry's clubs. Curry originally suggested three rounds, but lowered the number to one,

If McGee's Wolf Pack win, Curry has to wear a fanny pack to at least three games. McGee is famous for always having a fanny pack around his waist.

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