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Instant Replay: Warriors dominated by Spurs in Durant's debut

Instant Replay: Warriors dominated by Spurs in Durant's debut

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OAKLAND – The highly anticipated New Era of Warriors basketball began with a resounding thud.

The San Antonio Spurs came into Oracle Arena Tuesday night and pretty much owned the Warriors, handing them a 129-100 drubbing before a stunned and disappointed sellout crowd that began filing out early in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant introduced himself to Warriors fans by scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Stephen Curry put in 26 points, Draymond Green totaled 18 and Klay Thompson added 11.

On a night when the Warriors started slow and never found much rhythm, that wasn’t nearly enough.

The Warriors were outmuscled, hammered 54-35 on the glass. They were outhustled, giving San Antonio 17 points off 16 turnovers. And it seemed the Spurs made then pay for every defensive lapse – and there were many.

Kawhi Leonard poured in 35 points to lead San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 and Jonathan Simmons came off the bench to score 20.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Durant and Curry came closer than any other Warriors to acquitting themselves.

Durant’s line: 27 points (11-of-18 from the field, including 1-of-3 from beyond the arc), 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots. He played 37 minutes and finished minus-13 for the night.

Curry’s line: 26 points (9-of-18, 3-of-10), four assists and three rebounds. He played 34 minutes and finished minus-9.

TURNING POINT

After a Green layup tied it at 18-18 with 2:58 left in the first quarter, the Spurs closed the quarter on a 13-2 run – including a pair of 3-pointers in the final 8.6 seconds – for a 31-20 lead.

The Warriors spent the rest of the evening trying to catch up and never got closer than eight (52-44, 2:03 left in the first half).

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) was listed as out. C James Michael McAdoo was placed on the single-game inactive list.

Spurs: G Danny Green (L quad strain) is listed as out. G Dejounte Murray was placed on the single-game inactive list.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors begin a three-game road trip Friday in New Orleans, where they face the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

When rumors around Andrew Bogut's potential return to the Warriors began to circulate, many people were caught entirely off guard.

But it wasn't just fans and analysts who were surprised the 2005 No. 1 overall pick would be returning to help his former team capture another title. 

Bogut's agent apparently had no idea the veteran center and the Warriors had been discussing a return to the Bay Area.

“Funny enough, my agent didn’t even know,” Bogut told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “I told my agent, ‘Hey I’m talking to the Warriors,’ and he was like, ‘What the f***? Do they know I’m your agent? Why don’t they call me?’”

The 34-year-old last played for the Warriors during the 2015-16 season and has been out of the NBA since January of 2018.

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In the four games since his return to the two-time defending champions, Bogut is averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while looking slimmer and more athletic, something he attributes to drinking more beer and having a less rigorous schedule while being back home in Australia. 

The unexpected reunion has been a success so far. Perhaps when Bogut officially hangs up his sneakers he can start a second career as an agent.

It's worked out so far.

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

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Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a horrible, horrible injury during Monday night's game against the Nets.

If you watched it live or have watched a replay, you know how brutal it was. If you haven't watched the video, DON'T.

Just think Gordon Hayward, Kevin Ware, Paul George and Shaun Livingston.

It was that bad.

Shortly after midnight, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered a compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula, and that there is no timetable for his return.

Nurkic was having a monster game at the time of the injury, dropping in 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Nets in double overtime, but neither matters at this point.

Losing Nurkic is another huge blow for the Blazers, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are already playing without shooting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his popliteus muscle in his left knee.

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins was among the current and former players to send their thoughts and prayers to Nurkic.