Blazers' Damian Lillard 'hates to see' the Warriors' injury situation

Blazers' Damian Lillard 'hates to see' the Warriors' injury situation

Damian Lillard is one cool dude, and his latest comments about the Warriors' insane injury situation prove it.

"I think they might be the first to do a lot of things. At one point they had a starting five of five All-Stars, won 73 games, they've done a lot of great things, made a lot of history," the Blazers guard told reporters after shootaround Monday. "It just seems like adversity has hit hard at this point for them.

"Those guys aren't old. They'll bounce back from it, but you just hate to see it."

Klay Thompson tore his left ACL in Game 6 of last year's NBA Finals and probably will miss the entire season.

Steph Curry broke his left hand last Wednesday against the Suns and is out until February at the earliest.

Draymond Green tore a ligament in his left index finger on Friday against the Spurs and is expected to miss several games.

Kevon Looney is dealing with neuropathy and is out indefinitely.

"It's just unexpected," Lillard said. "You don't expect to see them go from being such a huge deal, big super team, to one guy (Kevin Durant) leaves and injuries. It's just an unfortunate situation that you hate to see. In that way, it's just different. It's kind of weird to see them not as the Warriors.

"I feel for the players. You never want to see any of your peers go down with injuries. Klay's a great dude, so it sucks to see him go down that way. Same thing with Steph ... they'll recover and they'll be back hopefully at 100 percent. That's what we all want to see."

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Awesome stuff.

Lillard and the Blazers -- who were knocked out of the playoffs by the Warriors in 2016, 2017 and 2019 -- don't have to worry about Golden State getting in their way this year.

Yet the Oakland native is disappointed in why that's the case, and that's cool to hear.

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Eric Paschall won't trash talk Steve Kerr when Richard Jefferson baits

Eric Paschall won't trash talk Steve Kerr when Richard Jefferson baits

Former Warriors forward Richard Jefferson tried to get Golden State rookie Eric Paschall into some trouble.

How do we know that?

Because this hit Twitter on Tuesday afternoon:

Here's the transcript:

Jefferson: "Is Steve Kerr as annoying as he seems?"

Paschall: "What you mean?"

Jefferson: "He just seems really, really annoying."

Paschall: "Why you say that?"

Jefferson: "I've just never liked him. I played against him as a player -- in the NBA Finals when he was with the Spurs. Then he was the head coach of the Warriors -- and just to me, he seems super, super annoying."

Paschall: "I don't think he's annoying. I think he's a great dude."

Jefferson: "Really?"

Paschall: "(laughter) Yo, you're not gonna try to play this game with me (laughter)."

Jefferson (after erupting with laughter): "Steve Kerr -- he's an Arizona guy. That's my Wildcat brother. I was just messing with you (laughter)."

Paschall: "Yo, this man trying to get me to say something crazy (laughing). I ain't falling for the okie-doke (laughter)."

Jefferson: "It was a test and you passed!"

Just last week, Paschall explained why he loves playing for Kerr.

"He's very laid back. Knows the game. I think that he was a player himself helps out a lot because he understands what we are going through in every type of way.

"Having somebody like him as our coach is great, and I appreciate everything he's doing and done for me so far."

Kerr played at Arizona from 1983 to 1988 -- helping the Wildcats reach the Final Four his senior season.

Jefferson played at Arizona from 1998 to 2001 -- helping the Wildcats reach the national title game his junior season.

[RELATED: Dubs' Paschall misses hoops, posts video dunking on Harden]

Lastly, here's a random Arizona tangent:

Sorry, Channing. Had to do it.

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Watch Steph Curry's best play against every NBA team throughout career

Watch Steph Curry's best play against every NBA team throughout career

Considering the current circumstances in the world, you're probably looking for something to cheer you up.

Hopefully this does just the trick.

Our friends at the Warriors put together a Steph Curry highlight reel of his single best play against every NBA team in his career.


It's very hard to narrow down the best of the best, but here are five candidates (in no particular order):

1) Curry's 3-pointer over Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker in Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference semifinals. It gave the Warriors a 107-102 lead with 1:28 remaining.

2) Curry's 3-pointer with 1:51 left in overtime of Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference semifinals vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. It gave the Warriors a 123-118 lead and led him to declare: "I'm here! I'm back!"

3) Curry's 37-footer with 0.7 seconds left to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016.

4) Curry's dribbling display and driving layup on LeBron James in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

5) Curry's left-wing 3-pointer vs. the Phoenix Suns on March 12, 2016 (because of the way he turns his body after releasing the shot).

[RELATED: Watch every 3 Steph has made from 30 feet and beyond]

This list doesn't even include his game-tying 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in regulation in Game 3 of the Warriors' first-round playoff matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans in 2015.

Thanks for all the memories, Steph.

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