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Marat Kogut, 'MVP' of Warriors' loss, left off NBA playoff referee roster

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Marat Kogut, 'MVP' of Warriors' loss, left off NBA playoff referee roster

The list of 36 referees chosen to officiate the 2019 NBA playoffs was announced Saturday, and the man Steph Curry referred to as an "MVP" wasn't one of them.

The fact that Curry felt compelled to refer to Marat Kogut as the most valuable player in a controversial Warriors loss to the Timberwolves back on March 29 likely is a big reason why.

After a swipe at Curry's legs went uncalled and Kevin Durant's would-be four-point play was waved off, the Warriors lost the game when Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns converted a free throw at the end of regulation, after a questionable-at-best foul was called on KD.

Curry, Durant, Draymond Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr were highly critical of the officiating following the loss, and Curry zeroed in on Kogut in particular.

"You have to ask the MVP of tonight, [Marat] Kogut," Curry said as he departed his postgame press conference, still visibly frustrated.

Curry, Durant and Green eventually were fined for their comments, but a couple weeks later, they're participating in the playoffs, and Kogut is not.

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The 36 officials selected were chosen based on their performance during the 2018-19 regular season, and Kogut clearly did not qualify. 

Given the heated relationship between the Warriors and officials over the course of the season, that's probably a good thing. And here's venturing a guess to say the Dubs weren't too disappointed to see Kogut left off the list.

LeBron James mentions Steph Curry, clowns in cryptic Instagram post

LeBron James mentions Steph Curry, clowns in cryptic Instagram post

LeBron James did not play in the Warriors-Lakers preseason game Monday night in Los Angeles.

But about 80 minutes before the opening tip at Staples Center, the three-time NBA champion created headlines when he spoke to the media regarding the drama between the NBA, China and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

Then about five minutes before the game started, he sent out two tweets:

Before the fourth quarter began, LeBron and Warriors superstar Steph Curry exchanged pleasantries:

After Tuesday's practice, LeBron said he feels like his pregame comments were taken out of context:

About 45 minutes later, he took to Instagram:

Are "they" -- the clowns that is -- the media in general or anybody who disagreed with what he said? Both?

Why send that message to Curry? 

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Does LeBron realize he sounded foolish when he told reporters that he believes Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it," and immediately followed that with: "I have no idea, but that is just my belief."

Is he aware that the backlash is self-inflicted?

Are you sick of this whole story?

Let's move on.

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Steve Kerr hopes Kevon Looney will play in Warriors' season opener

Steve Kerr hopes Kevon Looney will play in Warriors' season opener

Well, this isn't exactly the Kevon Looney update you were hoping for.

Steve Kerr announced after practice Tuesday that the Warriors big man will not play against the Lakers on Wednesday or Friday.

Looney tweaked his hamstring 13 days ago and missed Golden State's first three preseason games.

At Media Day, Kerr told reporters that he has big plans for the 23-year-old and is planning on playing him around 30 minutes per night.

Willie Cauley-Stein -- who was projected to start at center -- has missed all of traning camp and is expected to be sidelined the first couple regular season games.

Without these two, the Dubs are getting crushed on the glass.

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At this point, it would be very surprising if Marquese Chriss isn't on the Opening Night roster.

The 22-year-old is averaging 10.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks during the preseason. He's also a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

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