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Kevin Durant had just one goal when he entered the NBA

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Kevin Durant had just one goal when he entered the NBA

Kevin Durant did not suit up for the Warriors' last three games.

But he is expected to return to action tonight against the Clippers.

If he plays and scores 25 points, he will reach 20,000 career points.

He did not expect to be in this position.

"I had one goal when I came into the league, and that was for me to win Rookie of the Year, and I just kept building after that," Durant told ESPN's Chris Haynes. "My second year, I wanted to average 25. Every year I had a goal, but I never envisioned me with 20,000 points, 30,000 points.

"I was just taking it a day at a time, just trying to lock in, stay in the moment, and here I am."

In 2007-08, Durant averaged 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

He was named Rookie of the Year.

In Year 2, he reached his next goal by averaging 25.3 points per game.

Since then, Durant's accomplishments include:

- 2017 NBA champion
- 2017 NBA Finals MVP
- 2013-14 NBA MVP
- 1st-Team All NBA 5x
- 2nd-Team All NBA 2x
- All-Star 8x
- NBA scoring champion 4x
- Gold medalist 2x

Not too shabby.

"It's always been about just playing for the love, playing because I just enjoy it and it makes me happy," Durant told ESPN. "Anything in between, it's just extra to be honest. I'm just thankful for it all."

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

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

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Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.