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Steph Curry, Kevin Durant blast refs after Warriors' controversial loss

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant blast refs after Warriors' controversial loss

MINNEAPOLIS — About 30 minutes after the Warriors’ 131-130 overtime loss to the Timberwolves, Kevin Durant was asked about his foul on Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns in the final second of Friday's game. 

"You're just trying to get me fined," Durant said. "I'm not trying to get fined." 

Then, like the rest of his teammates and his coach, Durant proceeded to criticize the officiating crew.

"Y'all seen the play," Durant said. "I want to keep my money because thay gave me two bulls*** technicals." 

Following a 3-point shot from Steph Curry with 0.5 seconds left in overtime, referee Leon Wood called a foul on Durant as he defended Towns, who went up for an alley-oop pass on the ensuing play. Following the foul, Towns made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second so Golden State wouldn't have a chance at a second shot.

The finish capped a game in which the Warriors squandered a 19-point lead, committing eight of their game-high 14 turnovers in the third quarter, before rallying to force an extra session. 

"I don't want to blame it just on that, but I mean, like I said, we deserved to play at least five more minutes of basketball," Durant said. "I'm not going to say we would have won the game — they had momentum going into the second overtime. I'm sure you guys would agree with me when I say we should be playing five more minutes."

Durant's late foul on Towns wasn't the only point of contention for Golden State. With four seconds left in overtime, Durant made a shot after being fouled by Keita Bates-Diop. However, referee Marat Kogut ruled that Durant was fouled before that shot, forcing the Warriors to take the ball out since the Wolves had a foul to give. Though Curry, who finished with 37 points, forced overtime with a 3-pointer on the next possession, Durant, like his teammates, wasn't satisfied with the result. 

"If you look at the play ... [Bates-Diop] lost me for a quick second, and when I caught the ball, I knew they were going to foul, and I got it up quick and he had two hands on me as I was going into my shot and the [Kogut], he was the best player on the floor," Durant said. "He's so good with his whistle, he knew they were going to foul me before I shot the ball. So he's one of the greatest refs of all time."

Curry didn't hold back either.

"Nobody wants to see a game end like that," he added. "Crazy pass that had no chance of being caught, and a soft foul that should've never been called in the first place in a game like that. Guys out there fighting their ass off to play and compete and win the game by playing basketball, so that's a tough way to go out."

"It's a four-point play," coach Steve Kerr said. "I mean, I don't what else to say. Kind of mind boggling. You catch, you go up for a shot, you get fouled. In any league, that's a good bucket and a free throw. That's the NBA."

The game, like the final two quarters, had many ebbs and flows. After the Wolves outscored the Warriors 61-41 over a 22-minute span, Golden State went on a 6-0 run over the final two minutes, forcing overtime. In the final minute of overtime, Golden State again overcame a six-point deficit.

The contest wasn't without theatrics — after Curry's late overtime 3-pointer, the former NBA MVP and Andre Iguodala both mockingly pointed at Kogut. After the loss, Curry didn't believe his antics warranted reciprocation from the refs. 

"If that's the case, that's indicative of the entire game and not officiating the game itself and letting emotions getting in the way or whatever, letting an agenda coming in," Curry said. "At the end of the day, it’s one of 82, it's not going to get overblown that much, but we should've been way ahead in the second half, but again, let the game decide, and that's what's unfortunate."

Earlier in the game, Draymond Green was assessed his 15th technical of the season. His next technical foul will trigger a one-game suspension.

"The fact that Draymond got a tech for saying, 'Oh, we can't talk to y'all tonight?' is kind of embarrassing in terms of we're supposed to have that communication," Curry added. "Nobody is being demonstrative or disrespectful in that sense. In this league, there's going to be back and forth and chatter and emotions and high-intensity competition. As long as you're not cussing somebody out, being disrespectful, that communication should be there."

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A minute before he walked out of his media availability, with a four-hour flight back to the Bay Area awaiting, Curry was asked which of the calls from Friday's referee crew was the worst. With a fine from the league almost certainly confirmed, the guard released a parting shot to Kogut. 

"You have to ask the MVP of tonight, Mark Kogut."

NBA rumors: Warriors trade Willie Cauley-Stein to Mavs for 2020 draft pick

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NBA rumors: Warriors trade Willie Cauley-Stein to Mavs for 2020 draft pick

The Warriors have started to make moves, and Willie Cauley-Stein is the first to go, as the center reportedly has been traded to the Mavericks.

The Warriors reportedly will acquire a 2020 second-round draft pick from Dallas for Cauley-Stein.

The trade of Cauley-Stein gives the Warriors salary cap space and roster flexibility, and the ability to convert one of their two-way players, Ky Bowman or Marquese Chriss, to a guaranteed contract.

With the Warriors out of the playoff race, it makes sense for them to trade some of their players for future assests. Cauley-Stein likely is just the first to go. Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III are the two other Warriors players that should be dealt before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

Cauley-Stein signed a two-year, $4.46 million contract with the Warriors last offseason. The second year of the deal is a player option, so he could stick around Dallas next season.

Dallas was in need of a center after their starter, Dwight Powell, ruptured his Achilles tendon earlier this week.

In 41 games with the Warriors, Cauley-Stein averaged 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

Now that Cauley-Stein is out of the picture, expect Chriss and Omari Spellman to see a majority of the time at center. Draymond Green could also slide over and pick up some minutes at the center spot.

Why Andre Iguodala thinks Steph Curry shouldn't play again this season

Why Andre Iguodala thinks Steph Curry shouldn't play again this season

The plan is for the Warriors to provide an update on Steph Curry's status at some point in early February.

And the expectation is that the two-time NBA MVP will return to game action at some point this season.

Does Andre Iguodala think Curry should return to the court? When answering that question Friday morning on ESPN's "First Take," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP began with a joke.

"Selfish reasons -- no. He hurt the left hand, you can't play golf with the left hand if it's hurt."

Iguodala then provided what we think is his actual opinion on the matter.

"I think he needs to get a real break, in terms of being able to relax," the soon-to-be 36-year-old explained. "That long run -- mental reasons.

"I think it's good for him mentally to be able to step away, be able to get a nice breather. He's gonna come back on a wrath next year."

Going to five straight NBA Finals definitely took a toll on Curry, his teammates and the entire franchise. This "gap year" truly could end up being a good thing in the long run.

But the three-time NBA champion is dying to get back on the court, and it would be pretty surprising if he remains sidelined until next season -- despite the fact the Dubs have the worst record in the NBA and their draft lottery odds are at stake.

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As for Iguodala's status -- he is still waiting on the Memphis Grizzlies to strike a trade before the Feb. 6 deadline. If no deal comes to fruition, you can assume the two sides would agree on a buyout and Iguodala would be free to sign with any team other than Golden State.

But don't worry Warriors fans -- a reunion seems inevitable this summer.

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