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Durant admits he 'disrespected Cleveland' in Game 1 of the Finals

Durant admits he 'disrespected Cleveland' in Game 1 of the Finals

Do you remember Kevin Durant's performance in Game 1 of the Finals?

He did score 26 points and racked up nine rebounds and six assists.

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But he went 8-for-22 from the field, did not box out JR Smith on the George Hill missed free throw and played a big role in LeBron James scoring 51 points.

He admitted to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated that he didn't take the Cavs seriously in Game 1.

“I disrespected Cleveland. I didn’t come in prepared. I didn’t pressure LeBron. I was shooting long jumpers and wasn’t getting to my spots.”

On the eve of Game 2, even Steve Kerr publicly critiqued Durant's performance.

"He knows he didn't play very well in Game 1," Kerr told reporters. "He's excited for Game 2."

Durant certainly respected the Cavs in Game 2 and was awesome -- 26 points (10-for-14 FG), nine rebounds, seven assists and much improved defense on LeBron.

He was epic in Game 3 -- 43 points (15-for-23 FG), 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Durant closed the series with 20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks in Game 4.

The 2017 Finals MVP was also named 2018 Finals MVP.

He's pretty good at basketball.

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

Andrew Bogut thanks Warriors, Oakland for welcoming him back to team

Andrew Bogut thanks Warriors, Oakland for welcoming him back to team

Andrew Bogut ended his first tenure as a Warrior with sour grapes. His second didn't end with a title like he hoped, though he's certainly thankful. 

The big man thanked the Warriors and the City of Oakland Monday for welcoming him back with open arms. 

Bogut, 34, signed with the Warriors for the rest of the 2019 season on March 6. The center was back in the Bay after last playing for Golden State in the 2015-16 season. 

He signed on with the Warriors after starring for the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League in his native Australia. Bogut was named MVP of the league after averaging 11.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in 30 games. 

Bogut played 11 regular-season games for the Warriors this year, averaging 3.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He appeared in 19 playoff games -- starting six of those -- and averaged 2.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game over 9.4 minutes per game. 

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The veteran former No. 1 pick overall from the 2005 NBA Draft is set to re-join the Sydney Kings for their upcoming season.

NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

It’s draft time!

With the 2019 NBA Draft just days away, a slightly clearer picture has developed. The top three picks are close to a lock, but with the huge trade over the weekend between the Pelicans and Lakers, the draft board could get very interesting at the No. 4 pick.

Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers changes the whole league, and yes, the draft as well.

Teams are wrapping up their last draft workouts early this week and then they’ll enter the war room phase of the offseason.

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There are a handful of teams with multiple picks and it should be an active evening as teams prep for what lies ahead this summer. 

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