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Richard Jefferson perfectly sums up Warriors' sweep in three tweets

Richard Jefferson perfectly sums up Warriors' sweep in three tweets

Richard Jefferson knows how quick the Warriors can flip the switch. He dealt with it last year in the NBA Finals, as he faced them as a member of the Cavaliers. Now, he's seen it as an analyst. 

To date, the former small forward only has 135 tweets. His last three, however, perfectly describe the Warriors and their sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference finals.

Here they are, from oldest to newest. 

Notice the time stamps -- those are all tweeted in the middle of Game 2, Game 3 and Game 4. 

The Warriors cliched their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals on Monday night with a 119-117 overtime win in Game 4 of the conference finals. 

In doing so, Golden State became the first team to overcome three consecutive 15-point deficits in the NBA playoffs in two decades. The Blazers actually led for more minutes than they trailed in the series, but none of that matters. 

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As Richard Jefferson knows, no lead is safe against the Dubs.

Richard Jefferson offers opinion on Kevin Durant's comments about media

Richard Jefferson offers opinion on Kevin Durant's comments about media

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Richard Jefferson gets paid to talk about basketball and express his opinions.

Over the last couple of years, he hasn't shied away from discussing his feelings about the Warriors and/or Kevin Durant.

On Tuesday, he was a guest on ESPN's show "The Jump" and KD's recent comments about the media was obviously a topic of conversation.

"You go back and look at the history of the game -- Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, the amount of pressure that they had to save this league; Michael Jordan, no player to me has ever had so much weight on his shoulders; then you go forward to Kobe Bryant after the post-Jordan era; then all of a sudden Kobe kind of faded away because LeBron James was in the prime of his career.

"If you want that 'Best player, I'm going to be the guy to hold this league down the next five years' (title), you need to be able to handle this better than how he (Durant) has," Jefferson said. "We need you, the game of basketball needs you to be better at this."

So what did KD say exactly?

“They need me. If I wasn’t a free agent, none of this s--t would go on, right?" the reigning two-time Finals MVP told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock. “ None of this speculation about who I am, what’s wrong with my mental, why I’m miserable, why I ain’t happy with life. Nothing.”

Last summer, Durant elected to sign another "1+1" contract with the Warriors in order to maintain flexibility and possess the option to become a free agent again this summer. Ever since, there has been rampant speculation about his future and incessant discussion about his state of mind.

Back in mid-November, Steph Curry said: "With how active our guys are on social media, it’s hard not to see that stuff. But it tests your character, makes you figure out how to compartmentalize stuff. Either you take it as entertainment or you get influenced by it. Whatever you think, however you are in real life, in terms of how impressionable you are, how insecure you might be, how confident in yourself you might be, that’ll all reflect in how you handle it.”

Things boiled over for Durant in early February when the 10-time All-Star broke his silence and lashed out at the media following the Warriors' win over the Spurs.

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Jefferson has the utmost respect for KD the basketball player, but believes he needs to tweak his approach to reporters.

"I think he's on the Mount Rushmore of this generation," Jefferson added. "But make no mistake, the game of basketball -- which has provided for me, all of us, all of our families and his -- needs him to be able to handle this better because that's what the title of 'king' means.

"When you are the king, when you are No. 1, that means you have a ton more responsibility that you have to handle or you're not fit for that."

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Richard Jefferson calls out Warriors for adding Kevin Durant after 2016 Finals

Richard Jefferson calls out Warriors for adding Kevin Durant after 2016 Finals

Richard Jefferson and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history in 2016.

Well, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving did most of the heavy lifting, but Jefferson was on the team.

You know the story, down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, the Cavs stormed back and won the last three games of the series to stun the Warriors and win the 2016 NBA title. 

Following the loss, the 73-win Warriors got even better by signing Kevin Durant, and the NBA hasn't had a chance ever since.

Jefferson, who has been critical of the move in the past, criticized the Warriors for that move during Sunday's Spurs-Cavs game. 

"That was the crazy thing," Jefferson said about the Warriors recruiting Durant. "They literally had Harrison Barnes who as one of their guys. Drafted. Been there. And you understand, you've got to do that 10 times out of 10.

"Where I come from, in the park and in the streets, if you're playing and you lose to somebody, the first words are run it back, same teams, Run it back, same teams, right? We don't need to change the teams, run it back. That's how we grew up. Because you don't want to change anything. Like, no, we felt we were the better team, we just didn't play well enough so let's run it back. They didn't do that. They were like, 'we need to go reload. We're going to go get our big brother.' Like, oh, thanks guys. That's fun."

As far as bad takes go, this one ranks right up there.

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Durant, of course, responded in a comment on Instagram.

"Everybody from the streets now," Durant wrote on Bleacher Report's video of Jefferson's comments. 

If any team has a chance to add a top two player in the league they are going to do it.  Had the Warriors defeated the Cavs in the 2016 NBA Finals, they might have run it back. But after blowing the 3-1 lead, adding Durant, who made them worlds better than the rest of the NBA, was a no-brainer.

Deep down, Jefferson knows that.