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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, The Athletic's Sam Amick 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 Monday 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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Warriors have number of must-see games as Steph Curry's return looms

Warriors have number of must-see games as Steph Curry's return looms

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

There hasn't been a lot to cheer about for the Warriors this season, so with 24 games left on the schedule, those looking to be entertained (and are not overly worried about draft odds) should be quite excited about Steph Curry's imminent return. With him back in the lineup, every game the rest of the way should be intriguing as we watch the development of on-court chemistry between him and Andrew Wiggins.

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A few of the 24 remaining matchups stand out above the rest:

March 10 vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Arguably the most dangerous team in the Western Conference comes to Chase Center in a couple of weeks. The Clippers have not faced the Warriors since the trade deadline, so the new look Dubs squad with Curry, Wiggins and Draymond Green should be an exciting home matchup against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

It is uncertain if all the stars will play, but if they do, the Chase Center crowd will be ready for fireworks.

March 14 at Milwaukee Bucks

If the Clippers are the possible favorites to represent the West in the Finals, the Bucks are expected to meet them there out of the Eastern Conference.

The matchup will be very tough for the Warriors, and likely will result in a loss. But everyone will be keeping a close eye on the game within the game -- the competition and interactions between Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Perhaps a surprise Warriors win would be a great pitch to woo the Greek Freak to the Bay Area.

March 16 at Toronto Raptors

The first contest between the 2019 Finals teams will be in mid-March, and while there have been plenty of changes to the rosters (primarily the Warriors'), there is sure to be a good atmosphere in Toronto.

While the Warriors' season has hit rock bottom, the Raptors have impressively coped with the loss of Leonard and currently own the second-best record in the East. This will be another tough game for the Warriors, but some pride may be on the line for Curry, Green and Kevon Looney after their defeat last June.

March 21 at New York Knicks

When Curry suits up in Madison Square Garden, it always is a spectacle. The Knicks constantly are reminded of what could have been if they had drafted Curry, who has publicly said that New York was where he originally wanted to play coming out of college.

Like the Warriors, the Knicks have had a terrible season, so this game will be very winnable. But it will come at the end of a rough five-game road trip against the East's best, so it is hard to predict which Warriors team will show up.

March 25 vs. Atlanta Hawks

Trae Young against Curry. That itself should inspire the masses to watch the two lottery-bound teams compete in San Francisco.

The Hawks are bristling with some young talented players, so a matchup against the up-and-coming Warriors rookies and young vets, like Eric Paschall and Marquese Chriss, should be fun. The two teams also are willing trade partners, with former Warriors front office executive Travis Schlenk running the Hawks basketball operations, so perhaps the two squads will be scouting each other for future deals as well.

April 2 at Houston Rockets

The best win of the Warriors' season had to be the shocking upset of the Rockets on Christmas Day. The rivalry between the two teams always has been must-see, but the addition of Russell Westbrook to the mix has made the games that much more volatile.

Don't forget, it last week when Rockets pummeled the Warriors at Chase Center that Westbrook got into an altercation with multiple Warriors players, ending in his ejection. It is possible that the tension boils over yet again.

April 7 at Lakers

LeBron James will not be playing against the Warriors on Thursday night. But there is a good chance the Lakers will be trying to wrap up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference come April 7, so it would not be a surprise if James suits up.

Curry and the Warriors have notoriously shot poorly in Staples Center against the Lakers, but this roster is completely different than past Warriors teams. Hopefully for the Warriors, next year both California rivals will be title contenders.

April 8 vs. Cavaliers

Why would Cleveland be a fun matchup this late in the season? Because there is a very good chance that the Cavs and Warriors will be "competing" for the worst record in the NBA.

Of course, the three worst teams in the league have the same odds of obtaining the No. 1 overall pick, but the team that finishes at the very bottom of the standings is guaranteed to stay within the top five of the draft. The game will be on the second night of a back-to-back, so there is a solid chance that veterans Curry and Green won't play.

Warriors' Bob Myers recalls NBA draft dinner with 'shy' Klay Thompson

Warriors' Bob Myers recalls NBA draft dinner with 'shy' Klay Thompson

There's nothing Warriors fans love more than a good Klay Thompson story.

So you should thank president of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers for providing the latest tale.

Either just before or after the Warriors drafted Klay Thompson in 2011, Myers (who was assistant GM at the time), GM Larry Riley and the No. 11 overall pick went out to dinner together.

Let's just say that Klay wasn't very talkative.

"He barely said a word. He barely said anything," Myers told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on the most recent episode of "The TK Show" podcast. "He's looking down at his plate. Couldn't tell if he was shy, insecure, scared. 

"Didn't have any idea if he could play this kind of defense. Thought he was probably competitive. Put up big numbers at Washington State. The truth was, if you were at that dinner -- and you would have not been wrong -- got up and been like, 'This guy is not ready for the NBA.'

"So you have to factor all that in. And you say, 'Well, does it matter that he's been around it and his dad was in it? How do we make sense of all this?'"

Spoiler alert -- it turned out that Klay was ready for the NBA.

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After Golden State traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks and inserted him into the starting lineup, Klay averaged 18.6 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals over the final 28 games of his rookie season.

The three-time NBA champion is a five-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection and earned Second-Team All-Defense honors last season.

Solid draft pick.

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