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Instant Replay: Durant sharp, Warriors come back vs Kings

Instant Replay: Durant sharp, Warriors come back vs Kings

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SAN JOSE – The turnovers, oh the turnovers.

That’s what Warriors coach Steve Kerr will talk about, and that’s perhaps the biggest problem the team will spend the next week trying to solve.

The Warriors committed 15 giveaways in the first half Thursday night and 24 for the game and still posted a 105-96 preseason win over the Sacramento Kings at SAP Center in downtown San Jose.

The Warriors were led by small forward Kevin Durant, whose 25 points led all scorers. Ian Clark came off the bench for 16 points, while Stephen Curry put in 13 and Klay Thompson added 11 as the Warriors lifted their record to 2-1.

Coming off a dazzling victory over the Clippers on Tuesday, the Warriors failed to reach a similar intensity on defense and surely didn’t help themselves with poorly conceived passes that often led to trouble.

They trailed deep in the fourth quarter before back-to-back 3-pointers by Clark and Patrick McCaw provided a 100-96 lead with 1:50 remaining.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

Durant and Curry carried most of the load, and Draymond Green was there to produce when they did not.

Durant’s line: 25 points (8-of-11 from the field, 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 from the line), five rebounds and two blocked shots. He was plus-8 in 26 minutes.

Curry’s line: 13 points (3-of-8, 2-of-5, 5-of-5), five assists, four steals and a block. He was plus-13 in 26 minutes.

Green’s line: 9 points (2-of-5, 1-of-3, 4-of-7), five rebounds, five assists and two steals. He was plus-11 in 25 minutes.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

Zaza Pachulia, who came over from Dallas to assume the role of starting center, replacing Andrew Bogut, was frequently abused by Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins managed to score 20 points in 20 minutes, with most of the damage coming against Pachulia, who, as Kerr has indicated, can’t protect the rim as well as ex-Warriors Festus Ezeli and Bogut.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Kevon Looney (L groin strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) and G Elliot Williams (R knee surgery) are listed as out.

Kings: No injuries listed.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors take an extended break from game action, returning Friday Oct. 14 to face the Nuggets at Pepsi Center in Denver.

Kevin Durant keeping his 'options open' with latest one-and-one contract

Kevin Durant keeping his 'options open' with latest one-and-one contract

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant’s decision in July to sign another contract that allows him to leave the Warriors after one more season generated a stir of anxiety within the fan base, and he said nothing Monday to calm anyone’s nerves.

Ultimately, Durant said, the direction he chose was about self-belief and maximum flexibility.

“It was one of those things where you’re just confident in your skills, and you just kind of want to take it year by year,” he said at the team’s Media Day. “To keep my options open, it was the best thing for me.

“I could have easily signed a long-term, but I just wanted to take it season-by-season and see where it takes me.”

Insofar as Durant is expected to opt out next summer, as he has in the previous two summers, Warriors CEO Joe Lacob acknowledged that the team would have to “re-recruit” Durant throughout the season and again during free agency.

General manager Bob Myers, a former agent, reiterated that on Monday.

“For any player -- and having had that history as an agent -- what players want, in my experience, is they want to get paid fairly. They want to win and they want to like going to work, just like all of us. We want to be successful, make fair money and have fun. That’s our job, to create an environment for our players. And I think we do a pretty good job of that.”

Durant will be eligible next July to sign a super max deal worth $220 million with the Warriors, who will have his Bird rights.

“I hope Kevin’s here,” Myers said. “I hope he plays until he’s 50. He’s fantastic, obviously what he’s done for us and what I hope he continues to do goes without saying.”

Durant clearly wants to keep his mind on the upcoming season, the only one he knows for certain will be spent with the Warriors.

“This whole year is going to be a fun, exciting year for us all and I’m looking forward to just focusing on that,” he said. “We’ll see what happens after the year.

“If you take it a day at a time, just stay in the present as much as you can, that’s what I try to do.”

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DeMarcus Cousins vows a 'new DeMarcus' in injury return with Warriors

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DeMarcus Cousins vows a 'new DeMarcus' in injury return with Warriors

OAKLAND -- There is no timeline yet for the return of DeMarcus Cousins -- or at least nothing he’s ready to divulge. It’s evident, though, that the center believes he'll have plenty to prove whenever he takes the court as a member of the Warriors.

“You guys will see a new DeMarcus on the floor,” he said at the team’s media day Monday. “I can’t wait to get to that point, just to show all the work that I’ve put in, into this injury. You’ll see it when the product is on the floor.”

Cousins sustained a ruptured left Achilles tendon last Jan. 26 as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, and he underwent surgery the following week. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound center has spent the past seven months rehabilitating in hopes of getting back to his All-Star level.

“I’m stubborn as hell,” he said. “I thought I knew that before, but I’m really starting to realize it now. My drive is only increased. I’m seriously like a madman right now.”

Asked what is motivating his comeback, Cousins had a snappy answer: “The haters. That’s all I need. I feed off of it. I love it.”

The Warriors say they feel no need to rush Cousins’ return, but they privately hope he can be back before the All-Star break in February.

“We’ll probably reevaluate him ... in about four weeks with another update on where he’s at,” general manager Bob Myers said.

“I know there’s a narrative that we’ll save DeMarcus for the playoffs. That’s inaccurate. When he can play, he’ll play. We won’t rush him, but we also won’t hold him back. We need time for him to acclimate, and we need time to acclimate to him. But it’s an exciting thing for our whole team to look forward to.”

Meanwhile, Cousins says he will be around his new teammates and available to serve as a mentor to young centers Jordan Bell, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney.

“You want what’s best for your teammates,” Cousins said. “You want them to succeed, so anything I can do to help in any way, I’m going to do that.”

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