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Kevin Durant given 16th technical foul, won't be suspended for Game 1


Kevin Durant given 16th technical foul, won't be suspended for Game 1

Kevin Durant picked up his 16th technical foul of the season Wednesday night, which normally equates to a one-game suspension.

But don’t worry: The Warriors star won’t be banned from Game 1 of the first-round playoff matchup against the LA Clippers

The technical foul accumulation penalty resets in the postseason, so everything starts fresh. KD knew what he was doing.

"I knew it starts over in the playoffs," Durant told reporters after the Warriors' loss in Memphis. "And I kind of figured [official Kane Fitzgerald] would rescind that one anyway, so I wasn't too nervous."

The NBA did indeed rescind the technical foul on Thursday, NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock confirmed.

Durant was bemused over being called for his 16th tech early in the first quarter in the Warriors’ 132-117 loss to the Grizzlies, as Durant was whistled for bumping into an official. However, KD spoke to Fitzgerald after the play and chalked it up to a misunderstanding.

"[Fitzgerald] said I bumped into him after I was walking back to the scorer's table," Durant explained to reporters after the game. "I did bump into him, but it wasn't intentionally, and I was going to wipe my feet off. He thought I was following him to the scorer's table. But you guys see I wipe my foot off after every stop of play.

"So, it was miscommunication. We talked about it and said he was going to look at it. I'm sure he's going to send it in to the league to get that rescinded."

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In the playoffs, all players get a clean slate and are allowed seven technical fouls before being suspended by the NBA.

Even if the tech wasn't rescinded, KD would be out there for Game 1. But now “seven” instead of “16” is the number to monitor as the Warriors' playoff run starts.

Warriors vs. Grizzlies live stream: How to watch NBA game online and on TV

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Warriors vs. Grizzlies live stream: How to watch NBA game online and on TV

The last regular-season game of the season is finally upon us. 

Both the Warriors and Grizzlies have nothing to play for in Wednesday night's season finale, so fans should expect the bulk of the minutes to go to bench players with many of the usual veterans getting the night off. The Warriors got a scare Tuesday night when Steph Curry appeared to roll his ankle vs. the Pelicans, so the Dubs will be extra cautious on Wednesday.

The following Warriors players are listed on the NBA's official injury report:

Steph Curry = out (right ankle sprain)
Draymond Green = out (left knee soreness)
DeMarcus Cousins = out (load management)
Shaun Livingston = out (right knee soreness)

Additionally, Kevin Durant (flu-like symptoms) and Klay Thompson (right knee soreness) are listed as questionable to play.

The Grizzlies will also be missing point guard Mike Conley, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. and veteran Joakim Noah, among others. The focus on this game for both teams is to escape the arena without anyone getting hurt.

[RELATED: Warriors' first-round playoff opponent comes down to final day]

Here's how you can watch Warriors vs. Grizzlies on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online:

When: Wednesday, April 10, at 5:00 p.m. PT (pregame at 4:00 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

Steve Kerr reveals moment Warriors' dynasty could've died before it began


Steve Kerr reveals moment Warriors' dynasty could've died before it began

It sounds weird to say now, but there once was a time that a potential Warriors dynasty was in doubt.

Back in 2015, during the Warriors' first playoff run with head coach Steve Kerr, a moment of doubt arose.

Despite being loaded with talent, the Warriors found themselves trailing Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinals.

It was during that moment that Kerr and general manager Bob Myers wondered if the Dubs had what it took to get past the Grit and Grind Grizzlies.

"I had a flashback walking into this building, in this practice gym," Kerr told ESPN. "[Warriors GM] Bob Myers and I laid on that floor over there down 2-1 to Memphis in 2015 and we were basically talking, 'Can we do this? Can we pull this off? Can we beat Memphis?'"

Kerr and Myers' worries were quickly put to rest.

Steph Curry exploded for 33 points in Game 4 to tie the series, and the Warriors rolled in Games 5 and 6 to punch their tickets to the Western Conference finals, eventually marching to the 2015 NBA title.

[RELATED: Steph reveals his top five greatest players in NBA history]

Four years later, Kerr and the Warriors have won three titles and appear to be hell-bent on winning their fourth championship in five seasons.

Golden State has put together one of the most impressive runs in NBA history, but it wasn't as easy as they've made it look.