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Durant addresses scuffles with Westbrook after Warriors' loss: 'That's just ball'

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Durant addresses scuffles with Westbrook after Warriors' loss: 'That's just ball'

As you might expect when Kevin Durant returns to Oklahoma City, things got chippy at several moments Wednesday.

Once during the second quarter and again in the third quarter, Durant and former running mate Russell Westbrook could be seen yapping at each other. During the latter incident, the two literally went nose-to-nose, touching foreheads before being sperated.

After the Warriors' 108-91 loss to the Thunder, Durant was asked about the exchanges.

"Man, that's just ball. That's just ball me. He's competitive, I'm competitive. We like to go at it. Both of us. That's just part of the game, so I respect it. I got nothing but love for him. I'm expecting it again when we play them again. All fun and games to me," Durant told reporters.

Despite what the cameras caught, Durant tried to downplay the level of emotions between the two teams on the court.

"Can't let emotion seep into business. Can't do that. So I think on our end, we were just playing our game. They just played better than us tonight. The emotion around the court, around the arena, around the city I'm sure was a little higher than it was on the court. can't let emotion seep in. Just have to play better than that," Durant said.

When a reporter kept pressing about the incidents between Durant and Westbrook, the Warriors forward pushed back.

"Did you watch the game? Or did you watch for the scuffles? The story is about the game. We lost, they kicked our a**, they played a great. You should give them credit for how they played. We should be better. It's not about who's in each other's faces. That stuff is not real. So please, don't believe it. All the fans, they are lying to you. It's all about basketball. They played a great game. We didn't," Durant retorted.

So how did returning to his former home for the first time this season compare to his first trip back last year?

"It was a little better. Nothing like the first. I'm sure everyone in the arena said what they had to say," Durant said.

The next two times Durant and Westbrook meet up, it will be in Oakland (Feb.6 and Feb. 24). The Warriors don't return to Oklahoma City until April 3, 2018.

Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Web.com Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Web.com Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry may have finished in last place at the Ellie Mae Classic last week, but that didn't stop him from doing something thoughtful for a player on the Web.com Tour.

During a press conference after he finished the second round at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Curry revealed that he made a $25,000 donation to the GoFundMe page for Jenn Harrington, the wife of Web.com Tour player Scott Harrington, who is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma.

"I was made aware of Scott Harrington, who is a professional Web.com Tour (player), who has taken a leave (of absence) to be with his wife who is battling cancer. I can't put into words the thoughts and feelings around what their family is going through. I had a chance to talk to him on the phone this morning and let him know that as part of my participation in the tournament this year, that I was going to donate $25,000 to the GoFundMe page that's there to support his family as his wife is battling. The Ellie Mae Tournament is donating $15,000 as well," Curry told reporters in Hayward last week.

According to the Harrington's GoFundMe page, here's what Jenn has had to endure:

"In August of 2017, Jenn was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, then deemed free and clear in December of the same year. On May 11, 2018, doctors informed her the cancer had returned, and that Jenn would have to endure an intense chemotherapy program for two to three months, eventually undergoing a bone marrow transplant to hopefully rid herself of the cancer for good. In turn, Scott has applied for a Special Medical/Family Crisis Extension from the Web.com Tour so that he can be with Jenn during her courageous battle, putting his chase for a PGA TOUR card on hold to be with her."

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

You already know some specifics about how DeMarcus Cousins ended up signing with the Warriors.

But there is more to the story.

Over the weekend, Golden State GM Bob Myers discussed how it all went down and what he was thinking as he spoke with Cousins' agent, Jarinn Akana.

"It was early in the morning -- I spoke to his agent. We had been preserving our taxpayer mid-level exception for somebody that might fall through the cracks and not get paid in a very tight free agency market," Myers explained to Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game. "But mostly we were thinking wings. I figured if something like that were to happen it would happen July 8th, 9th, 10th.

"But we got the call and I just said, 'Look. We don't have anything more,' because we've talked about other high-level free agents and the thought from their agent was, 'Can you do a sign-and-trade? Can you get to a bigger number?' And I kind of said, 'Look, our roster is what it is. To move that many pieces around, to create $10 million in room, or $15 (million), it's just prohibitive, I don't want to waste your time.'

"So I thought that's where the conversation was going ... and I said to him, 'We don't have the money that you're probably commanding out there.' And this is the moment it became real -- he said, 'We understand what you have.' And I said, 'Well we only have the taxpayer mid-level.' And then when he said, 'I know,' that's when I knew it was real.

"They were very serious about it and they never really wavered."

Cousins will make $5,337,000 next season and become an unrestricted free agent next July.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller