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Kevin Durant addresses his deleted tweets: 'Childish, idiotic'

Kevin Durant addresses his deleted tweets: 'Childish, idiotic'

UPDATE (Tuesday at 3:15pm) -- After speaking on stage at Tech Crunch in San Francisco, Kevin Durant opened up even more.

“To know that I affected Billy Donovan and the Thunder. Like, I love those people," Durant told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports. "That was just me being a total (expletive) idiot. I own up to it. I want to move on from it. It probably hit me probably harder than what everybody (thought). Everybody else was telling me to relax, to snap out of it, but I was really, really upset with myself more than anything.

"I haven’t slept in two days, two nights. I haven’t ate. It’s crazy, because I feel so (expletive) pissed at myself and I’m mad that I brought someone into it...

“I was at home. I fell asleep watching football. I woke up, had charged my phone, and I just happened to look on Twitter. And I see, and I just don’t remember it. I remember what I said and how I said it, but I just forget everything else. I forgot everything else. I was only focused on that convo, and that was unfortunate. I look like an idiot. My peers are going to look at me like an idiot. All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."

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On Sunday night, Kevin Durant got himself into some trouble on Twitter.

A fan tweeted at him: "Man I respect the hell outta you but give me one legitimate reason for leaving okc other than getting a championship."

Durant's first tweet: "he didn't like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn't that good, it was just him and russ."

[RELATED: Durant deletes tweets critical of Thunder, OKC players, Billy Donovan]

Durant's second tweet: 'imagine taking russ off that team, see how bad they are. Kd can't win a championship with those cats."

Soon thereafter, Durant deleted the tweets.

On Tuesday morning, Durant was a guest at Tech Crunch in San Francisco and was asked about the incident.

"I do have another Instagram account, but that's just for my friends and family. I wouldn't say I was using that to clap back at anybody. But I use Twitter to engage with the fans. I think it's a great way to engage with basketball fans.

"But I happened to take it a little too far. And that's what happens sometimes when I get into these basketball debates ... I don't regret at clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter. I do regret using my former coach's name and the former organization I played for.

"That was childish, that was idiotic; all those type of words. I regret doing that and I apologized to him for doing that. But I don't think I'll ever stop engaging with my fans. I think they really enjoy it and I think it's a good way to connect us all.

"I will scale back a little bit right now. Just focus on playing basketball. I want to move on from that. It was tough to deal with yesterday. I was really upset with myself."

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

In a bizarre year, the Pelicans present a more difficult, intriguing matchup for Warriors

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In a bizarre year, the Pelicans present a more difficult, intriguing matchup for Warriors

And so ends another episode of Warriors Angst. With a fresh boatload of torture to remind the audience that there is more to come in the next exciting installment.

While there may be some local consternation over Dwyane Wade describing the Philadelphia 76ers as “the future of the NBA,” its present reminded itself and its various nations just how easy it is to retain its hold on the driver’s seat. By first smothering and then desperately repelling the San Antonio Spurs, 99-91, to finish this Western Conference quarterfinal series, the Golden States demonstrated that a devotion to defense solves all other issues, including offense, boredom, weariness, neuritis, neuralgia and excessive stress caused by trumped-up worry.

In other words, they did what needed to be done, albeit disjointedly, thus setting up a second-round match with the New Orleans Pelicans that will be more difficult, more intriguing, and with this level of defensive intent, perhaps more decisively.

That’s how the Warriors work, after all. When they engage defensively, their offense raises itself (at least, when they’re not shooting 18.5 percent from three), their energy regenerates, and people don’t wonder if they lack focus.

Plus, the Spurs shot miserably themselves, couldn’t run their offense coherently on either side of the arc, were desperately outmatched until their desperate fourth quarter charge that cut a 16-point lead to two before expiring breathlessly. In short, they finally ran out of ways to cheat the inevitable.

But this wasn’t about San Antonio, except maybe to San Antonio, Theirs was a lost season and a doomed series from the moment Kawhi Leonard left the lineup for good, and the death of Erin Popovich, Gregg’s wife, reduced the players and coaches to fumes. It was not, in the end, a terribly fair fight, though they get full credit and glory for refusing to bend the knee until the last possible moment.

But for Golden State, the exemplaries were less in the box score and more in the sweat equity. They opened the game with a conviction never evidenced in Game 4, and certainly not to this extent in Games 1, 2 or 3, never allowing San Antonio to create a rhythm until the Warriors’ offense found theirs – albeit a rhythm developed inside the arc (32-of-56, 57 percent) rather than outside it. In addition they committed only 10 turnovers, their fifth fewest all year, and Klay Thompson’s shooting (24 points on 22 shots), Draymond Green’s rebounding (five offensive, 14 defensive) and just enough help from everyone else made a game that was too close for comfort still exactly the way they will need over the next two weeks.

So it is now the Pelicans who obstruct their view, a bizarre choice in a bizarre year in which the Western Conference was so narrowly settled that it had more six-seeds than playoff berths.

The Warriors are still not completely convincing as the Season Of Being Less Warrior-y continues. But just as New Orleans rises into view, so does Stephen Curry, and the dreams of a team that isn’t ready to watch someone else be the future by ceding the present remain sufficiently buoyant.

In other words, the Warriors avoided an embarrassing defeat by remembering that there is strength in stinginess, and will have to show that very virtue again and again, even after Curry returns. We said four months ago this would be the hardest title to win, and they’ve already bled to get a quarter of the way there.

How we think it looked when Kawhi watched the Dubs eliminate the Spurs for second straight year

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How we think it looked when Kawhi watched the Dubs eliminate the Spurs for second straight year

Kawhi Leonard was not with the San Antonio Spurs during their five-game, first-round loss.

He rehabbed a quadriceps injury away from the club, so he wasn't able to see his team's season end at the hands of the Warriors in person. Wherever he watched, the sound of the final buzzer in light of another loss to Golden State probably left him with a sinking feeling.

You can watch the video of Leonard's reaction to the loss, at least as we envision it, here.  

Kawhi watching the Dubs eliminate the Spurs for a 2nd straight year 😥

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