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Steph Curry will play in Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic again

Steph Curry will play in Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic again

Steph Curry will be playing golf next week...

... against professionals.

Curry will participate in Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic for the second straight year.

“The players on the Web.com Tour welcomed me with open arms in 2017, and it was an amazing experience to play with up-and-coming PGA TOUR stars inside the ropes at TPC Stonebrae,” Curry said in a statement. “I have been fortunate to be a member of an incredible team in the Golden State Warriors, and I was elated to feel that same level of camaraderie onsite last year. Golf is a game that has provided wonderful experiences in my life, and I am excited to return to the Ellie Mae Classic in August.”

The three-time NBA champion posted rounds of 74 and 74 last year -- missing the cut by 11 strokes.

The event is held at TPC Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward.

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Thunder forward Markieff Morris explains why Warriors not invincible

Thunder forward Markieff Morris explains why Warriors not invincible

On Saturday night, the Warriors -- playing without Kevin Durant -- went into Oklahoma City and crushed the Thunder, 110-88.

On Monday morning, Sam Amick of The Athletic wrote a feature story on the Warriors, which included quotes that Markieff Morris provided last Thursday night after Oklahoma City's loss at Indiana.

Let's just say that the comments from the Thunder forward did not age well.

“They definitely had that air of invincibility (before); I can say that. I can honestly say they did. (But) you look around the league, and guys are getting better, guys are adjusting to their game. The style of play they play, they basically changed the NBA, so sooner than later guys are going to start to catch up with the way they’re going and they’re going to have to change.

“I think that’s what’s happening. Teams are figuring out how to play them different, and they definitely are. Even with Cousins, I think they’re a lot more beatable than they were in the past.”

Do you think Morris wants to retract his statement?

But wait. There's more.

“With an All-Star of (Cousins’) caliber at the five man spot, he’s not an Al Horford All-Star, he’s a Embiid All-Star — a guy who needs the ball and who plays with the ball, rebounds, passes, shoots, and they have a lot of those guys. Obviously they still have one of the best records in the league, but the invincibility part is not there anymore.

Not enough basketballs. There’s only one ball. No matter how you see it, it’s never going to be easy. If Steph has got it going, Klay might take the backseat.”

After delivering his best game of the season on Wednesday at the Rockets -- 27 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals -- Cousins (who will not play tonight at the Spurs) was terrific against the Thunder.

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He registered 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and zero turnovers. The four-time All-Star did stuff like this:

Do you think Morris wants to retract his statement?

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Kevin Durant will play for Warriors against Spurs after two-game absence

Kevin Durant will play for Warriors against Spurs after two-game absence

SAN ANTONIO - Following a two-game absence, Kevin Durant will be available to play Monday evening against the Spurs, coach Steve Kerr Kerr announced. 

While Durant, who injured his ankle March 10, could've made his return in Saturday's 110-88 blowout win over the Thunder, Kerr opted to give the forward an extra day of rest with a back to back with the Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves looming. 

"I'm excited to play again," Durant said following Monday's shootaround in San Antonio.

In Durant's absence, the Warriors had two of their biggest wins of the season, beating the Rockets 106-104 Wednesday night, followed by Saturday's blowout win Oklahoma City three nights later. Over the stretch, Golden State's defense has improved, as they've allowed just 96 points per game the last two games. 

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"We're doing a good job," Durant said of his team's defensive performance. "We're forcing teams into what they don't want. Against Houston, we forced James [Harden] off the 3-point line, we didn't let him dance, or shoot his step-back 3-pointer as much ... and last game, I think we did a good job on Westbrook, forcing him into tough shots all night."

Durant is averaging 27.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 65 games this season.