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NBA rumors: Warriors complained about Patrick Beverley's Kevin Durant defense

NBA rumors: Warriors complained about Patrick Beverley's Kevin Durant defense

Through two games of their first-round NBA playoff series, Patrick Beverley appeared to be flustering Kevin Durant. 

The Los Angeles Clippers guard had been tasked with pestering the Warriors star, and he had a modicum of success early on, as the series headed to L.A. knotted at one. That was after the Dubs blew a 31-point lead in Game 2, in which Durant turned the ball over nine times and put up just eight shots.

While Beverley's impact on Durant in the first two games was overblown, the veteran guard was able to get away with a lot of physical play on the two-time NBA Finals MVP. The Warriors reportedly didn't like that, as they sent in some tape of how Beverley was defending Durant to the league office, according to FOX Sports' Nick Wright.

"The Warriors team — the organization — sent the NBA a bunch of clips leading up to Game 3 of what they think is Patrick Beverley holding, clutching, grabbing … pushing.,' Wright said, via Pro Basketball Talk.

Teams send tape to the league office all the time, so it's unlikely this will play a role in the series.

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What will play a role, however, is the increased aggressiveness Durant showed Thursday night in the Warriors' blowout win in Game 3 at Staples Center. 

Durant torched Beverley and anyone else the Clippers threw at him in Game 3, pouring in 38 points on 14-of-23 shooting to lead the Warriors to a 132-105 win and a 2-1 series lead. From the opening tip, Durant got everything he wanted, and even two early fouls didn't stop the scorched-earth trail he was set on blazing through Staples Center. 

After a few days of hearing how Beverley had gotten in his head, Durant reminded everyone of his greatness, and it looks like the Warriors woke up a few rounds earlier than expected. 

Gabrielle Union would have put Klay Thompson on All-NBA team over Dwyane Wade

Gabrielle Union would have put Klay Thompson on All-NBA team over Dwyane Wade

Not even Gabrielle Union would've voted for Dwyane Wade to make an All-NBA team over Klay Thompson. 

In a video featuring the celebrity power couple, Union said she did not give the now-retired Miami Heat legend his lone All-NBA second team vote this year. If she did have a vote, though, the "Bring It On" star said she would have voted for the Warriors guard. 

Thompson would have needed a few more votes than Wade's single second-team vote, as he finished 24 points behind All-NBA third team guard Kemba Walker in the voting. Plus, it's entirely possible whoever voted for Wade also voted for Thompson, considering he received 18 third-team votes. 

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Still, Thompson's absence from any of the All-NBA teams cost him a pretty penny. Well, about three billion pennies, to be exact. 

At the very least, this should make Wade's February buzzer-beater a little easier to swallow. 

NBA odds: Warriors favored over Raptors and Bucks to win championship

NBA odds: Warriors favored over Raptors and Bucks to win championship

The Warriors are still awaiting their opponent in the NBA Finals. Either way, the back-to-back champions are favorites to beat their Eastern Conference foe. 

As of this writing, Westgate superbook has the Warriors' odds to win the title at -275. The Raptors, who currently lead the Eastern Conference finals three-games-to-two in the best-of-seven series, have the second-best odds at +400. The Bucks' odds are +700. 

Golden State started the playoffs at -200, but have since seen the odds increase in the Warriors' favor after sweeping the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals.

This will be Warriors' fifth straight trip to the Finals. The Raptors have never made it to basketball's biggest stage, while the Bucks are looking to do so for the first time since 1974. 

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The Warriors split their two games against the Bucks in the regular season, and lost both of their contests to the Raptors.