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Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Earlier this week, Jonas Jerebko was introduced to Bay Area media members.

He talked about his expectations for next season and his role with the Warriors.

On Friday morning, he was a guest on 95.7 The Game and told Warriors fans they should have a pretty high bar for the "Swedish Larry Bird."

"I've been 10 years in the league and I feel like I'm getting better every year. I feel like I haven't played my best basketball yet," Jerebko declared. "The most minutes I did play was my rookie year."

Jerebko -- the 39th pick in the 2009 draft -- averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds as a rookie in Detroit.

He missed the entire 2010-11 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, but bounced back in 2011-12 to the tune of 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.

The 31-year old played a couple more seasons in Detroit and was then traded to Boston in February 2015.

He re-signed with the Celtics in July 2015 and averaged 15.1 minutes and 15.8 minutes per contest in his two seasons under Brad Stevens.

In Utah last year, Jerebko registered 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes, and shot over 41 percent from 3-point territory.

"I got a lot more to give and I'm a lot better player than people think I am sometimes," Jerebko said. "I'm ready to show that."

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

Kevin Durant enters the 'lab' with Steve Nash to fix wayward jump shot

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Kevin Durant enters the 'lab' with Steve Nash to fix wayward jump shot

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant went through his usual post-practice routine Tuesday, which is to say there was intensity and focus and a lot of jump shots dropping through the net.

There was a moment, however, when Durant’s shooting session at Rakuten Performance Center was halted.

NBA Hall of Famer Steve Nash, the Warriors’ player development consultant, saw something and pointed it out to Durant, who appeared fully engaged.

After a few words with Nash, Durant went back to work. He drained his next three shots, each barely rippling the net, from different spots on the floor.

This session, under the observation of assistant coach Bruce Fraser and Nash, is what Durant refers to as “getting into the lab.”

The lab is exactly where he needs to be after spending the last five games struggling with shots he usually makes as a matter of habit. The Warriors lost four of those games.

Durant over the last five games -- beginning with his Nov. 12 blowup with Draymond Green late in the Warriors-Clippers game in Los Angeles -- shot 39.6 percent from the field, including 14.3 percent beyond the arc.

These are not Durant numbers. He has shot above 50 percent in each of the last six seasons. During that same stretch, he shot 39.8 percent from deep.

[RELATED: Durant fined by NBA]

With Stephen Curry out, much of the scoring spotlight shifts toward Durant. After the flap with Green, that spotlight turned even harsher.

It may not get any harsher than it will be Wednesday night, when the Warriors face Durant’s former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with one-time close friend Russell Westbrook back in the lineup.

If Durant starts making the shots he usually makes and seems more focused, perhaps he will have achieved his goal upon getting back in his lab.

Kevin Durant fined $25,000 by NBA for telling fan to 'shut the f*** up'

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Kevin Durant fined $25,000 by NBA for telling fan to 'shut the f*** up'

As he searches for his missing jumpshot, Kevin Durant will have to find his checkbook and write a large check to the NBA.

The Warriors star was fined $25,000 on Tuesday for screaming "watch the f****** game and shut the f*** up" at a Mavericks fan in Dallas on Saturday night, the NBA announced.

The incident occurred near the end of the first quarter on Saturday and was caught on camera by a nearby fan. TMZ Sports obtained the video and posted it Monday afternoon.

According to TMZ Sports, the fan was heckling Durant with "cupcake" taunts and the referees wouldn't grant Durant's request to do something about the fan.

A bad week just keeps getting worse for Durant.