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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

Report: Steph Curry's mouthpiece to hit auction, could be worth $25,000

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Report: Steph Curry's mouthpiece to hit auction, could be worth $25,000

One of Steph Curry's mouthpiece's is reportedly going to hit the auction block.

And no, it's not the one he threw during Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

The mouthpiece that Curry wore during Game 4 of the 2018 Finals will be up for sale, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.

Curry scored 37 points that night, and also registered six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks.

An excerpt from Rovell's story:

"This is a great, unique piece of memorabilia," said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. "It's something that people so identify with Steph, it's something that he closely guards and it's from a significant game."

Kohler said the mouthguard, which has the Under Armour logo and Curry's interlocking SC logo, could be worth at least $25,000.

"It would be perfect for a Warriors fan who is a dentist," Kohler said.

How much would you be willing to pay for the mouthpiece?

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

Draymond Green tries his hand at scouting during latest Warriors Draft workout

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Draymond Green tries his hand at scouting during latest Warriors Draft workout

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday brought in six more draft hopefuls, who went through drills under the watchful eyes of the five most significant layers of the team.

CEO Joe Lacob was there, as was general manager Bob Myers, assistant GM/chief scout Larry Harris, assistant coach Ron Adams and...forward Draymond Green.

This is a glimpse into the inner workings of the Warriors, a hoops democracy in which every voice is given a chance to be heard.

It’s conceivable, though, that no one’s words carried more weight than those of Green, who continues to prove his value to the franchise goes beyond defending, rebounding, playmaking and scoring.

“Who am I to say I know more than Draymond Green about basketball?” Myers asked. “It probably is the other way around. If you want somebody whose opinion holds some weight ... he watches college. He comes to the workouts. So maybe he should make the pick.”

Myers wasn’t entirely serious about that, but he’s also not dismissing the possibility.

“When he speaks,” Myers said, “we give him the gravity that his comments deserve.”

Few if any players in the NBA can dissect and analyze the game as effectively as Green, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and a noted video student. It’s also conceivable that no one knows better than Green what the Warriors need to become a better team next season.

“Draymond’s been here the last three days,” Harris said. “He was in a meeting with us in our draft room for a couple hours yesterday. He would tell you he was bored. But that’s OK. We’re glad he’s here and he really does care and wants to know.”

None of the players at the team facility Tuesday is a lock to be drafted. Guard Svi Mykhailluk (Kansas), and forwards Gary Clark (Cincinnati) and Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame) project as possible second-round picks.

The Warriors own the 28th overall pick but are considering buying a second-rounder for the third consecutive season. They took Pat McCaw (No. 38 overall) in 2016 and Jordan Bell (38th) last season. Green was chosen in the second round (35th) in 2012 and has become a core member of a three-time championship team.

“To have a guy like him, who is a three-time champion, care about who we’re taking at 28 shows great leadership,” Myers said. “I’m sure the players look over there and say, ‘That’s Draymond Green.’ He was a 35th pick. It’s motivation for those guys.”