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Kevin Durant issues a PSA to all the 'blog boys' and 'fanboys'

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Kevin Durant issues a PSA to all the 'blog boys' and 'fanboys'

On Monday night, Kevin Durant recorded a podcast with Bill Simmons.

Part 1 was released on Wednesday morning (Part 2 will come out on Thursday morning).

Here's one topic Durant discussed, presented without comment:

"I don't like analytics at all. I like field goal percentage defense, I like field goal percentage, I like turnovers, I like rebounds -- the real stats. The true shooting percentage and effective field goal percentage and all that stuff. Come on man. It's flawed. PER. It's flawed.

"You can't look at numbers first and then watch. (People) are lazy. They don't want to watch games. It's too long, it's too hard to watch a game. There's a bunch of coaching vultures in the game right now. It's a bad place.

"Can I make a PSA real quick? All your blog boys and your fanboys that's gonna use everything I say and create an article -- watch a basketball game. How about you write that. I just want to say that, because all these guys are gonna write articles and get real mad about what I said tonight ... they're gonna put their emotions into it. It's not about you. Watch a basketball game. Enjoy the game. Stop worrying about me so much. I just wanted to say that."

Durant also shared the following story:

"People tell us we're superstars, and we really aren't ... after we won the championship, I had Taco Bell and it ran through me just like it would a normal person. I'm like, 'Oh sh*t. I thought I had a golden stomach (joking). I thought I was immune to everything, but no.

"That's the perception of it all -- we're just immortal. We're normal fu**ing people who are really good at what we do. But at the end of the day, we go to sleep just like everybody else. We really put on our pants just like everybody else ... it made me realize that I am not king anything because we won a championship." 

Have a great day everybody!

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

Warriors' rookie Eric Paschall believes he'll play against the Knicks

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Warriors' rookie Eric Paschall believes he'll play against the Knicks

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Warriors rookie Eric Paschall believes he'll be available for tip-off.

"Yeah, I think so," Paschall said following shootaround Wednesday morning. "I'm pretty sure I'm playing but I feel like I'm fine."

In an injury-ravaged season, the rookie has been a rare bright spot for Golden State. In 24 appearances, he's averaging 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31 minutes. 

Entering Wednesday morning Paschall -- who missed a 114-110 loss to the Thunder Nov. 10 with a hip injury -- was listed as questionable with soreness in his left hip. Still, Paschall believes he'll be in the lineup after a brief rehab schedule. 

"Got treatment on it all yesterday and I got treatment this morning," he said. "It's all good and I feel like I should be able to play tonight."


 

Warriors recall rookie Alen Smailagic from G League before Knicks game

Warriors recall rookie Alen Smailagic from G League before Knicks game

Alen Smailagic just might make his NBA debut Wednesday night against the Knicks.

The Warriors recalled the rookie big man from their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the team announced.

Smailagic -- the No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 draft -- sprained his ankle during Golden State's second training camp practice, and was sidelined for nearly two months.

He made his season debut with the Sea Dubs on Nov. 29, and averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21.9 minutes over his first six appearances.

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The 19-year-old shot over 47 percent from the field and 33 percent (8-for-24) from 3-point territory.

At this point, it's unclear if the Serbian will travel with the Warriors for Friday's game at Utah, or if he will play in Santa Cruz on Friday night against the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.

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