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Steve Kerr explains why he doubts Kevin Durant will play vs. Thunder

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Steve Kerr explains why he doubts Kevin Durant will play vs. Thunder

The Warriors are in Oklahoma City for a Saturday night showdown against the Thunder, but it sounds like they will not be at full strength.

On Friday night, Steve Kerr was asked if Kevin Durant will be in uniform for the game.

"I would say it's doubtful," Golden State's head coach told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "He's officially questionable, so I guess that's the word I should use. ... I just think that given the nature of the ankle and giving him a couple of extra days makes too much sense, especially at this stage of the season.

"If this were a playoff game, for sure he would be playing. But we want to be extra cautious. So I'm guessing San Antonio [on Monday night] will be his first game back. But we'll see how he feels. It's up to him and to Rick (Celebrini) after shootaround."

Tonight is the Warriors' only visit to Oklahoma City this season -- unless they end up facing the Thunder in the playoffs.

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Durant, who did not play in Golden State's win at Houston on Wednesday night, has played against his former team at Chesapeake Energy Arena three times over the prior two seasons:

1) Feb. 11, 2017 = 34 points (12-for-21 FG)
2) March 20, 2017 = out with a knee injury
3) Nov. 22, 2017 = 21 points (8-for-17 FG)
4) April 3, 2018 = 34 points (9-for-25 FG)

The Warriors (46-21) are in first place in the Western Conference, while the Thunder (42-27) are in fifth.

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NBA rumors: Grizzlies trade Mike Conley to Jazz for players, picks

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NBA rumors: Grizzlies trade Mike Conley to Jazz for players, picks

The Grizzlies are in full rebuild mode and the Jazz are going for it.

Memphis traded point guard Mike Conley to Utah in exchange for guard Grayson Allen, forwards Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver, and two draft picks, according to multiple national reports.

Conley -- who averaged 21.1 points and 6.4 assists in 70 games last year -- will make about $32.5 million next season and has a $34.5 million player option in 2020-21.

A trio of Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Conley should be quite formidable in a wide open Western Conference.

The Jazz lost to the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs in 2017 and fell to Houston in the first round each of the last two seasons. They clearly needed to make a big move in order to take the next step in the postseason.

Korver -- who is owed about $3.44 million guaranteed -- will make $7.5 million next year if he is not waived by July 10.

If he is released or bought out, it will be interesting to see if the Warriors go after him. Golden State is in need of shooting and Korver is lethal from beyond the arc. But his 3-point percentage dipped to 38.4 last season -- his lowest mark since the 2007-08 campaign.

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He will turn 39 years old in March.

Free agency is still 11 days away and things are already getting crazy in the NBA.

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Klay Thompson used favorite Warriors moment to roast Andre Iguodala

Klay Thompson used favorite Warriors moment to roast Andre Iguodala

The legend of Klay Thompson continues to grow.

During his career with the Warriors, Thompson has had many moments -- from on-court heroics to off-court humor -- that have made him a hero in the Bay Area.

Most people love China Klay Thompson. His New York City scaffolding interview always will be the stuff of legend. There was his incredible answer to a question about Kevin Durant becoming a member of the Splash Brothers after KD tore his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

No matter the moment, Klay never seems to disappoint.

In his upcoming book "The Sixth Man," Andre Iguodala shared a previously untold Klay story that is sure to become a fan favorite.  The Warriors, as Iguodala tells it, were going around discussing moments in a game where they felt highest, when Klay delivered a masterpiece.

Via Time Magazine:

“When Klay’s turn came, we all assumed he was going to say that his highest moment was the day he scored 37 points in a quarter against Sacramento,” Iguodala writes. “I mean, that was an NBA record! But he didn’t. Instead he said, ‘My best moment was one night I caught a pass and I was like fifty feet from the basket and I was about to shoot it. And all of a sudden, I hear Andre being like, ‘What the f--k, Klay? You’re fifty feet out.’ And I thought about it for a second and shot it anyway. It went in, and I was like, ‘Yeah, Andre, f--k you.’ We all had a good laugh about that. I was like, ‘Wow, really dog? That was your best moment?'”

Never change, Klay.

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As for his on-court heroics, Thompson's exploits are well-documented. From his season-saving Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference finals to making two free throws on a torn ACL in Game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Thompson has done it all for the Dubs. 

After tearing his ACL in Game 6 against the Raptors, Thompson told head coach Steve Kerr he just needed a two-minute rest and he'd be back in the game, which shows how dedicated he was to his teammates and their quest for a three-peat.

Thompson will be a free agent this offseason, but all signs point to him signing a max contract to stay with the Warriors. He'll likely be out until at least February/March while rehabbing his left knee, but there's no reason to think he won't be the same Klay when he steps back onto the court.