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Ron Adams mystified by West's comments: 'I have no idea what David was talking about'

Ron Adams mystified by West's comments: 'I have no idea what David was talking about'

During the postgame celebration on Friday night, David West said some things that certainly caught people's attention.

The 37-year old insinuated the the Warriors had some behind-the-scenes drama.

“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," West told reporters. "It’s a testament to the type of people these guys are and how tied together we were as a group and how committed we were to winning.”

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams was asked about West's comments.

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"Well, first of all, I’m a little mystified by that comment," Adams said on 95.7 The Game. "Actually, when I read it, I asked Mike Brown, I said, ‘Mike, did I miss something this year?'"

“So, I don’t know. Quite frankly, I have no idea what David was talking about. Our year was marked by some inconsistency and in some games not playing to our potential certainly -- playing half of a game or perhaps more, but not always playing to our potential.

“And I think that probably led to some frustration. But in terms of anything in the locker room that I can recall, I just, I don’t get that (laughter). I have no idea what he’s referring to. I mean, any season you have your ups and downs. I thought for the most part our guys stayed together well.

“So, I’m a bit mystified. Maybe you’d have to consult someone else on that, because I’m older and sometimes I miss things. I think I missed that one.”

Before Adams went on the radio, Marc Stein of The New York Times tweeted this:

Stay tuned!

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Why Max Kellerman thinks Warriors' dynasty will end if Kevin Durant leaves

Why Max Kellerman thinks Warriors' dynasty will end if Kevin Durant leaves

For the past five seasons, the Golden State Warriors have reigned over the NBA with an iron fist. 

Ever since Kevin Durant arrived in the Bay in the summer of 2016, the Warriors have been nothing short of invincible when healthy. Durant has the option to opt out of his contract at the end of the season and many believe the two-time NBA Finals MVP will wave goodbye to the Warriors and craft the next part of his legacy in another city. 

If Durant does elect to leave the Bay Area, the Warriors probably will be OK in the eyes of most people. But one pundit doesn't think the outlook without KD is so rosy for the Dubs. 

On Wednesday''s episode of ESPN's "First Take," Max Kellerman riffed on why Golden State's reign of terror in the NBA will be over if they can't convince the Slim Reaper to stay.  

That's just like ... your opinion, man. 

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Even if Durant chooses to leave, the Warriors still will have the nucleus of a team that went to back-to-back NBA Finals and won 73 games before No. 35 arrived. Kellerman is right in pointing out the Warriors' cap situation will hamstring them a bit, but there's no reason to sound the apocalypse alarms should Durant find a new home this summer. 

As for the rest of this season, the Warriors are primed to win their third consecutive championship before holding their breath and awaiting Durant's decision. 

Warriors Under Review: Strong recovery earns split in tough back-to-back

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Warriors Under Review: Strong recovery earns split in tough back-to-back

If they had to lose once on this rugged four-game journey through the central time zone, the Warriors would have chosen defeat in San Antonio, as falling to the Spurs has a way of forcing a team to recalibrate.

So the Warriors were a determined bunch when they left Texas late Monday night for the 1,200-mile flight to Minneapolis, where they faced the Timberwolves on Tuesday night. They got their win, which made for a satisfying ride home, arriving in the Bay Area early Wednesday.

Here is a look at some of the positives and negatives gleaned from a back-to-back set with travel that is as challenging as any on the NBA schedule:

 

POSITIVE

Splash Brothers bounce back

Though Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson don’t often stink it up – by their standards – simultaneously, they did in San Antonio. They combined for 39 points, shooting 14-of-43 from the field, including 10-of-27 from beyond the arc. It’s tough for the Warriors to win like that, particularly when both are getting as many or more shots than Kevin Durant (9-of-18).

Curry and Thompson made amends Tuesday, driving the offense in the win at Minnesota. They combined for 64 points on 23-of-42 shooting, including 12-of-24 from deep.

Facing a weak Timberwolves defense, was this predictable? Perhaps. But it still had to happen. Curry and Thompson made sure it did.

 

NEGATIVE

The seed gets slippery

The Warriors definitely would like to earn the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, if not overall. The win Saturday at Oklahoma City tightened their grip while also smashing a potential playoff opponent.

But the loss to the Spurs, combined with Denver’s win at Boston, left the Warriors and Nuggets tied at the top of the West. That was the penalty the defending champs paid for that rare night when neither Curry nor Thompson found any shooting rhythm.

The top seed remains very much in play. With the Nuggets showing no sign of a fading, the Warriors must assume that the only breathing room they can expect is that which they create.

 

POSITIVE

An old, new, old friend returns

Andrew Bogut arrived in the Bay Area over the weekend expecting to play Thursday against the Pacers at Oracle Arena. He’d have time to recover from a 14-hour flight from Australia, settle in with his family, complete conditioning tests and then reunite with his former team.

That plan was moved up three days when DeMarcus Cousins got hurt Saturday in Oklahoma City. Bogut flew to San Antonio and played solid 19 minutes against the Spurs before struggling – as was expected – through 13 minutes against the Timberwolves.

Bogut showed he can handle 10-15 minutes in certain games (against larger, physical big men) but on might not leave the bench others. He brings a good presence to the mix. He will help.

 

POSITIVE

A welcome blast from the past

Jonas Jerebko has been missing for much of the past three months, playing sparingly and almost never making an impact. He didn’t come off the bench for a single second in San Antonio.

He came off it with a vengeance in Minneapolis, pouring in 14 points during a nine-minute run in the second quarter. He drilled his first 3-point shot, then another and another. Such nuclear production is more typical of Curry, Durant, and Thompson – not the guy who rarely plays. Jerebko finished with 18 points in 18 minutes.

Jerebko early in the season often provided a lift with his shooting. Then there was, well, not much. As the team’s only identifiable stretch-4, he has a role. If his shot is falling, that role can be pivotal.