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Mike Brown reveals what David West told Steve Kerr about the big man trolling the media

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Mike Brown reveals what David West told Steve Kerr about the big man trolling the media

OK. This story most likely will be put to bed right now.

After the Warriors swept the Cavs in the NBA Finals, David West turned some heads when he said this:

"We dealt with some things internally. When you guys find out about that (stuff), y’all are going to trip. I’m serious. Y’all are going to trip."

Well, the media did "trip" somewhat because it's not every day you hear a player say something like that.

Back in mid-June, Kevon Looney was asked about West's comments, and he laughed. 

"D-West always likes to mess with the media," Looney declared.

On Wednesday, Mike Brown was a guest on The Full 48 Podcast with Howard Beck and took it one step further.

"There's no deep, dark secret," the Warriors assistant coach said. "We had our ups and downs throughout the course of the year, just like any other team. We were able to get through them.

"Steve (Kerr) asked David or talked to David about it, and David was like, 'I was joking (laughter). I just wanted to stir the pot a little bit.' And he sure enough did. There's nothing to it."

It's official, folks. Nothing to see here!

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

Warriors road trip review: Inside observations from Dallas, Denver

Warriors road trip review: Inside observations from Dallas, Denver

The Warriors collected two road wins in Dallas and Denver. Here’s what happened behind the scenes ...

The team departed for Dallas on Saturday, the day the Cowboys played the Rams in the playoffs. A couple people on the Warriors’ staff are from Dallas, and a few more have Texas ties. Excitement for football was in the air. Everyone was aware what time kickoff was as practice got underway that night.

On the way to practice at SMU, the team bus drove down University Avenue. A few of us remarked how nice the houses are. There’s a lot of wealth in this part of Texas. We wondered how much the houses cost compared to the Bay Area, so here’s a four-bedroom, five-bathroom, 4,000-plus square foot house in University Park for $1.775 million.

There was an SMU men’s basketball game going on while the Dubs practiced, and a few students wandered over and peered through the glass doors onto the practice court. People always are astounded at how big the players are in person. One student exclaimed, “Boogie is massive!” Another said, “6-8 is 6-8!”

The Warriors beat the Mavericks the next day behind 48 points and 11 3-pointers for Steph Curry.

On to Denver, where one of the best road meals of the season is found: Elway’s. The steaks here are unreal. I don’t like to take pictures of my food, but I had to capture this filet.

At shootaround Tuesday, Steve Kerr said beating the Nuggets to become the top team in the West doesn’t matter at this point in the season. Being No. 1 is a thing for playoffs. Still, they wanted to play well.

The assistant coaches rotate who makes the scouting report on the opponent, and Bruce Fraser had this one on the Nuggets. The Warriors did well preparing for the things Denver threw at them defensively. They came out roaring with a 51-point first quarter, on their way to torching the Nuggets with 142 points.

After the game, the players roasted Klay Thompson’s four dunks, saying they weren’t pretty and his hops aren’t that great. The more they make fun of a guy, the more they love him. 

Klay was overjoyed with his dunks, and said he hasn’t had four in a game since high school. Did you see Klay’s postgame interview where he texted Zaza Pachulia to brag that he’s ahead in their season-long dunk contest?

Highlights of the game the Warriors just played were on in the locker room on Altitude, the Nuggets’ network. The guys had fun reliving the top moments.

The team hustled out of Denver knowing it had another game the next night. The airport is about 35 minutes from the arena, and the flight home took a little more than two hours. The Warriors touched down in Oakland at about 1 a.m., 18 hours before they tip off at home against the Pelicans.

Warriors look like a different team, thanks in part to James Harden

Warriors look like a different team, thanks in part to James Harden

If seeking the source behind the awakening of the Warriors, one must start with James Harden staring them down in the glow of triumph.

They have not lost since being victimized by Harden’s incredible game-winning shot, in overtime, over premier defenders Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, on Jan. 3 at Oracle Arena.

After giving away a game they know they should have won, against a team they like to torture, the Warriors weren’t mad. They were seething. And they were resolute.

This would not happen again. And, yes, we know it’s “only” the regular season.

It would be 12 days before they could redeem themselves against a serious foe, and when that chance arrived Tuesday night in Denver, the Warriors pounced. They jumped on the Nuggets early and did not let up until they had a 142-111 victory that got the full attention of not only the upstart contenders, but also the entire NBA.

Hello, remember us?

“We’re way past making statements,” Stephen Curry told reporters at Pepsi Center. “We understand what type of team we are and what we’re capable of. There’s no doubt in our locker room that if we play the way we did tonight, we’re the best team in the league.”

[RELATED: Draymond says NBA didn't need reminder Dubs are champs]

There was a modicum of debate about that before tipoff. The Nuggets owned the best record in the Western Conference, and the best home record in the NBA. They had beaten the Warriors in October. They have defeated enough quality opponents to qualify as a legitimate postseason threat.

So the Warriors, on alert, attacked from the jump, lighting up the scoreboard with 51 first-quarter points, a franchise record and the highest scoring first quarter in the NBA’s shot-clock era.

[RELATED: Warriors set franchise records in first quarter vs. Nuggets]

“I don’t remember a better first quarter,” coach Steve Kerr said. “That was a fireworks show.”

It got no better for the Nuggets over the next three quarters.

“It was beautiful basketball,” Kerr said. “I liked the way our guys moved the ball, got our shot fakes, playing with purpose, playing with a simple style of execution but aggressive at the same time. Finding that balance is always what we’re looking for and that was as good as it gets.”

The overall numbers were plenty impressive: 60.0 percent shooting from the field, including 53.8 percent from beyond the arc; a franchise-record 10 3-pointers in that scalding first quarter; 38 assists against 10 turnovers; limiting the Nuggets to 39.6 percent shooting in the second and third quarters, essentially burying them.

What was striking, though, was the efficiency of the Warriors. After so many games in which they allowed opponents to come back -- the Rockets, who overcame a 20-point deficit on the Harden dagger, come to mind -- the Warriors were utterly ruthless once ahead.

“They have won multiple world championships for a reason and they sent a message tonight,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “They came in and kicked our ass. We will learn from it.”

That was the point. Sure, the Warriors had beaten the Kings, Knicks, Bulls and Mavericks, in order, since losing to Harden and the Rockets. The Nuggets were different -- more of a challenge -- and the Warriors responded with that in mind.

Denver got no closer than 12 after the first quarter. The Warriors led by 19 at the half, by 29 after three quarters and hiked it as high as 38 in the fourth.

“Obviously, [we] understand what they’ve been doing all season, top two teams in the west going at it,” Curry said. “It was a good night for us. It’s what we expected to do. It’s not surprising. We have obviously been talking about putting together game-after-game in a row at a high level. It’s been a good stretch and we want to keep it going.”

The Warriors endured four consecutive losses and a winless road trip in November. They were blown off their own floor four times, by four different teams, and were humiliated on national TV on Christmas Day by a Lakers team that they wanted to destroy.

Though those losses cannot be erased, they didn't generate the kind of anger that surfaced when Harden delivered a nasty backhand to the face of the defending champs.

The edge of the Warriors has looked considerably sharper ever since, and that was enough for them to leave the Nuggets in a heap in their own house.