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Tim Hardaway, Kevin Durant on same page about Warriors’ game strategy

Tim Hardaway, Kevin Durant on same page about Warriors’ game strategy

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

Kevin Durant took just eight shots in the Warriors' Game 2 loss to the Clippers. He did attempt 12 free throws, however, and ended up scoring 21 points. 

"I'm not gonna go out there and just go shoot 20 or 30 shots," he explained to reporters after practice Wednesday. "I don't play like that. Every time I touch it, I'm not gonna just break the play. ... I'm gonna play basketball. We won Game 1 that way. We were up [31] in Game 2."

Durant's and-one dunk with 7:31 left in the third quarter gave the Warriors a 94-63 lead. With Curry on the bench in foul trouble, Golden State did look to run the offense through the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP.

Things didn't work out as planned on this possession:

But a couple minutes later, Durant was alert and ready to take advantage of a Clippers breakdown:

Shortly thereafter, an aggressive-minded Durant got physical with Patrick Beverley and was whistled for two very questionable offensive fouls. 

During a radio appearance Tuesday, former Golden State point guard Tim Hardaway was asked if the Warriors should have KD try to repeatedly punish the smaller Patrick Beverley on the block.

"As a team, you can't let one player get your team out of sync. You gotta run your offense. You gotta run your offense the way you've been running your offense all year long," the five-time All-Star said. "If you keep posting up Durant -- you're letting the Clippers dictate the game.

"You're telling them we're gonna run a different offense than we normally run. No. Keep running your offense."

Hardaway and Durant are very much on the same page.

"I got a pest, Patrick Beverley, who's up underneath me," KD described. "I could definitely shoot over the top and score every time if it's a 1-on-1 situation. But we got a guy that's dropping and helping, and then we got another guy that's just sitting on me and waiting for me to dribble the basketball. 

"I'm not gonna get in the way of the game because I want to have a little back-and-forth with Patrick Beverley. I'm Kevin Durant. You know who I am. Y’all know who I am."

Here's a perfect example of what KD is talking about:

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Durant didn't take a shot here, but he certainly wasn't passive or tentative. Just because you only attempt eight field goals doesn't mean you were tentative.

But one thing everybody can agree on is that nine turnovers is way too many.

How will Durant approach Game 3? It's safe to assume he won't be taking advice from Tracy McGrady.

Thursday night can't get here soon enough.

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Tim Hardaway's message to Warriors after brutal Game 2 loss to Clippers

Tim Hardaway's message to Warriors after brutal Game 2 loss to Clippers

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

The Warriors did a horrendous job taking care of the basketball during their 135-131 loss to the Clippers. They committed 22 turnovers, which resulted in 34 points for LA.

The sloppy play started from the opening tip of Game 2 of the NBA playoff first-round series:

And a couple possessions later:

Former Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway was in attendance Monday night at Oracle Arena, and he delivered a message to the Dubs during a radio appearance Tuesday morning.

"Protect the ball. First of all, stop throwing non-chalant passes Golden State Warriors -- Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green," he said on 95.7 The Game. "Let's throw some sharp passes. Make sure the passes are there. Make sure that you see the defensive man overplaying. You can't just throw non-chalant passes.

"Make sure you throw crisp passes and get the ball to the person and run your offense. I'd say about 10 or 11 turnovers last night were non-chalant passes, just throwing it any type of way.

"Ya'll can't have those type of passes."

Here are a couple more examples:

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Hardaway wasn't done giving advice. He then talked about ignoring Patrick Beverley's antics and focusing on themselves.

"Second thing, just run your offense. Don't worry about him," Hardaway added. "Protect the ball and make plays and use his aggression against him. Take him to the hole and make plays going to the hole. Set picks and just play the right way."

Simple enough, right?

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Tim Hardaway strongly defends Warriors fans everywhere -- here's why

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Tim Hardaway strongly defends Warriors fans everywhere -- here's why

The Warriors selected Tim Hardaway with the 14th overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft.

Over three seasons from 1991 to 1993, he averaged 22.7 points and 10.0 assists per game and was an All-Star all three years as a member of the Warriors.

His teams reached the playoffs in '91, '92 and '94 (Hardaway missed the whole year because of a knee injury), but fell short in '90 (37 wins) '93 (34 wins) and '95 (26 wins).

So he saw some great basketball and some not-so great basketball. Through it all, however, the Warriors' fans were always great.

Hardaway recently caught up with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype and was asked the following question:

"Today, I hear some people say, “Oh, Warriors fans are a bunch of bandwagon fans.” I think Golden State’s core fans are really loyal and passionate. I saw that fan base show tremendous support year after year for struggling teams. Sure, there are some bandwagon fans in recent years, but that’s the case with any great team. Based on your experiences with Bay Area fans, how do you react when you hear people make comments like that?"

Warriors fans are going to love Hardaway's response:

"I take exception to that and that’s like a slap in the face. Warriors fans are not bandwagon fans. Warriors fans are just like Boston Celtics fans, just like New York Knicks fans, just like Los Angeles Lakers fans. These are really loyal fans who understand the game. They’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. They’ve seen some great teams and great players, but they’ve supported the team when they’ve struggled too.

They really understand the game – they know who can play, who can’t play, who’s dogging it. These fans are very logical and smart. They’re basketball people. When people say they’re bandwagon fans or say they aren’t loyal to the Warriors unless they’re winning, they’re just wrong and I take exception to that. That’s a slap in the face. It’s not right. These fans are loyal!

I’ve been there and I’ve seen it. They cared for us back when we were playing in the ‘90s and they helped us win games. They were always there for us and embraced us with open arms. Anyone saying those things is wrong. If you’re saying those things, you don’t know the Bay Area fans and you haven’t been out here enough."

Duh.

Dirk Nowitzki certainly agrees.

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