Drew Shiller

Kevin Durant tells Serge Ibaka why Warriors would have beaten Raptors

Kevin Durant tells Serge Ibaka why Warriors would have beaten Raptors

It's always fun to hear two people talk some friendly trash to each other.

It's even better when the people involved are Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.

On the most recent episode of "How Hungry Are You?" from Bleacher Report, the former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates had the following back-and-forth about the 2019 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors:

Ibaka: "Do you think if you didn't go down, you guys would beat us?"

Durant: "For sure."

Ibaka: "Are you sure about that? Are you 100 percent, my brother? We were hot, baby ... we were hot. We were like fire. Nobody could stop us."

Durant: "I could. I was like Sub-Zero (laughing)."

Ibaka: "We may go to Game 7, but the way we were balling -- had confidence."

Durant: "Let's put it like this -- if ya'll go into a Game 7 with the two-time champs, you're not winning that game. You're not. Ya'll had to win in six, which ya'll did. But if I was out there, ya'll wouldn't have beat us at home."

Ibaka: "We almost beat you guys in five, you know that right?"

Durant: "Yeah. Game 6, ya'll almost lost anyway. Klay [Thompson] went out, and ya'll almost lost. So Game 6, we would have smacked ya'll at the crib. And then Game 7 -- I know for sure you could hear a pin drop in your locker room walking into that arena. Ya'll would have been so shook."

Ibaka: "Yeah."

Durant: "So shook."

Ibaka: "Yeah, you're right about that (laughter). But we were hot, so we the champs."

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Awesome stuff.

Durant didn't bring up the fact that he missed the first four games of the series, while Klay and Kevon Looney were sidelined for Game 3 in Oakland.

I think we all can agree that if both teams were fully healthy from the start, Golden State wins the series in six games max.

But that's not how life works.

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Cavaliers claim ex-Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers

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Cavaliers claim ex-Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers

Alfonzo McKinnie found a new basketball home.

The Cavaliers claimed the former Warriors forward off waivers, the team announced Monday afternoon.

McKinnie -- who officially was waived by Golden State on Saturday afternoon -- will remain on a non-guaranteed contract with Cleveland.

The 27-year-old was vying to be the Dubs' starting small forward this season, but injuries in the frontcourt to Willie Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney made him a roster casualty and Golden State opted to keep Marquese Chriss instead. 

The Warriors play in Cleveland on Feb. 1 and host the Cavs on April 8.

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Steph Curry knows he has no room for error with Warriors this season

Steph Curry knows he has no room for error with Warriors this season

Warriors superstar Steph Curry understands the situation he and his team are in this season.

The two-time NBA MVP is well aware that the margin for error isn't what it used to be.

"In years past, maybe I have an inefficient game -- don't shoot the ball well, get a couple assists or whatever -- we may still win that game because we have experience and talent and whatnot," Curry said to The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on "The TK Show" podcast. "This year, if I -- for lack of a better term -- s--t the bed, it's gonna be really hard for us to win games.

"So I accept that challenge for sure and understand what kind of player I need to be."

Depending on who is in uniform for the Dubs and who they are facing, it might be hard for them to win certain games even if Curry drops 50 points.

The Western Conference is embarrassingly loaded, and teams are going to want to stick it to the Warriors now that they are vulnerable.

Curry needs to be "2015-16 Unanimous MVP Steph" in order for Golden State to feel really good about its chances to lock in a playoff berth.

"I never put that much pressure on myself to say, 'I gotta be MVP' because I know that's kind of out of your control," the six-time All-Star said. "I always look at myself when I walk off the floor and say, 'Did I play well?'

"It sounds cliche but that's literally how I approach [each game]. Definitely understand if I'm playing the way I'm supposed to play and we're winning games, that I should be in that conversation.

"That's what I hope for and I'm doing everything in my power to make it happen."

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And don't worry Warriors fans: The three-time NBA champion also is well aware that he will need to be more aggressive at times when it comes to calling his own number.

"Might mean I need to take more shots or kind of force the issue a little bit if things kind of get stagnant for us as a team," he added. "It's not like I'm playing with any more intensity now than I would have in past years, it just might look a little different."

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Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!