Klay opens up about Cavs' trolling: 'They can do that childish stuff'

Klay opens up about Cavs' trolling: 'They can do that childish stuff'

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The Warriors and Cavs don't like each other. This much we know.

Klay Thompson was recently asked by Sam Amick of USA Today Sports about Cleveland's trolling at LeBron James' Halloween party.

“It's obviously not respectful, so it's got to be on the other side of the spectrum, so that's fine with us," Klay said. "They can do that childish stuff. It doesn't matter to us. All we've got to do is handle it on the court, you know?"

Did the Warriors discuss it before they played the Cavs on Christmas Day?

“No ... but shoot, it might have (to)," Klay said. "I mean, I still think we need to play with more of an edge next time we see them … I mean when we won the championship, though, we didn't do some stuff like that. But that's OK. People are built differently. We're not going to - I'm not going to hold it against them."

The Warriors lost that Christmas Day game to the Cavs, 109-108.

Golden State led by 14 with less than 10 minutes remaining.

“There's a history between both teams, (and) we wanted to send a message that it's going to be a tough out every time they see us. And obviously we know (they could meet again) down the line in June, so …

“That's why we wanted to win so bad, you know, is because we still have a bad taste in our mouth - as we should, we're competitive. But it didn't help. We were right there. We had the game in hand. We just didn't play Warriors style brand of ball, so give them credit though - they beat us. And it's one regular season game, so you can't get too caught up in what we did wrong and the whole rivalry and all that.”

The Cavs have lost two straight -- at Utah on Tuesday and at Portland on Wednesday.

They play at Sacramento on Friday night, and then it's the showdown at Golden State on Monday evening.

"I'm just going to go out there, and we just want to beat them down next time we see them," Klay added. "That's how it is. Hold that in the memory bank, and just remember that they do that stuff…It's a good rivalry, and it's good for the NBA. It makes it more fun, you know? It's rare in pro sports you get rivalries like this, so we enjoy it, and we embrace it.”

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”