Once again, Durant most impressive of Warriors

Once again, Durant most impressive of Warriors

PHOENIX – For the second consecutive game, Kevin Durant pushed and pulled the Warriors to a victory.

And, once again, he was most impressive of the Warriors.

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Durant scored 37 points to lead the Warriors to a 106-100 win over the Suns on Sunday afternoon at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.

The Warriors’ newest superstar added four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Durant’s complete line: 37 points (10-of-16 from the floor, including 2-of-4 beyond the arc and 15-of-16 from the line), four rebounds, four assists, four steals, a blocked shot and four turnovers. He played 38 minutes and was plus-18 for the game.

Beverley's grit and hustle has Clippers nipping at Warriors' heels


Beverley's grit and hustle has Clippers nipping at Warriors' heels

OAKLAND – It is troubling that the two most disappointing postseason home losses for the Warriors since the 2016 NBA Finals have come in the first-round series against the Clippers that moves to Game 6 on Friday in Los Angeles.

And no single player was more responsible for those losses – or the tone of this series – than Patrick Beverley, the firebrand 6-foot-1 guard who takes the court with the attitude of Godzilla.

He pestered Kevin Durant into nine turnovers and an ejection in Game 2, which LA won.

Beverley came out for Game 5 on Wednesday, on the road, with the Clippers facing elimination, and immediately went after the Warriors with a searing intensity they failed to match.

Another LA win, extending the series, with Beverley reportedly telling Oracle Arena clubhouse attendants that he’ll see them Sunday for Game 7. Yes, he’s predicting a Game 6 victory.

“You’ve got to know what you’re up against when you play against Beverley,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday. “He’s a competitor. That’s how he’s made his money in this league. That’s how he’s been able to stick around. He competes and makes you uncomfortable and he scraps and goes after loose balls.

“I love that guy. He’s a hell of a competitor. He’s a hell of a player. Every coach would like to have a guy like him on their team.”

Beverley in the first quarter of Game 5 grabbed two offensive rebounds – ignoring several Warriors in the vicinity each time – with both leading the second-chance buckets for LA. Rebounding is about tenacity, first and foremost, and he grabbed a game-high 14 – more than Draymond Green and Kevin Durant combined.

“It really set the tone early for the way that we wanted to (Game 5) to go energy-wise,” Lou Williams said.

“When you look at this game, at the end of the game, he was matched up with (forwards and centers) under the basket and he kept coming out with the rebound,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Beverley. “It just tells you how tough he is. He’s a tough dude.”

Game 1 belonged to Stephen Curry. Game 2 belonged to Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Beverley. Game 3 belonged to Kevin Durant. Game 4 belonged to Klay Thompson and Durant.

Game 5 belonged to Beverley (17 points and four assists, along with 14 rebounds) and Williams (33 points, 10 assists, five turnovers).

But no single player has had more of an effect for this series being extended beyond the projections than Beverley, LA’s emotional leader. He believes, and his teammates follow.

If the Warriors can’t find a way to marginalize Beverley’s contributions in Game 6, they might find themselves looking at a Game 7 on Sunday.

Steve Kerr, Draymond Green disagree on music volume at Warriors practice

Steve Kerr, Draymond Green disagree on music volume at Warriors practice

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Friday night at 5:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Like he does after almost every Warriors practice, Steve Kerr spoke to members of the media on Thursday.

The head coach was struggling to hear the questions, however, because the music was blasting from the speakers.

So Kerr asked Warriors public relations czar, Raymond Ridder, to turn the volume down. But Kerr's request was denied because Draymond Green had other plans.

Watch for yourself:

Kerr was visibly frustrated and his facial expression says it all.

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When asked, "Who's in charge around here?" Kerr answered: "Not me, obviously."

Draymond went 2-for-4 and 1-for-3 from 3-point territory in Games 1 and 2 respectively, but is a combined 0-for-9 from deep over the last three games.

The 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and 2016 NBA Coach of the Year certainly have some history when it comes to disagreements.

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