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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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Why Jalen Rose believes Warriors will make the playoffs next season

Why Jalen Rose believes Warriors will make the playoffs next season

The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight seasons, which is the longest streak in franchise history.

And according to Jalen Rose, the Dubs will make it eight consecutive appearances next season.

"They'll be in the seven seed," Rose said Wednesday morning on ESPN's morning show, Get Up. "Steph Curry probably won't play all 82 games for obvious reasons. Draymond Green is gonna be terrific this year in a contract season.

"Klay Thompson isn't playing. D'Angelo Russell is gonna supplement them very well on the offensive side. But defensively, he and Steph in the backcourt are gonna struggle against the best guards in the Western Conference."

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic recently asked Curry about "load management," and the two-time NBA MVP issued a very strong response:

“Hell nah. We’ve got a great opportunity to build something special with some hungry guys looking to prove themselves. At the end of the day, I’ve never been the type to show up with any other mindset than to do what you do — hoop."

As for Draymond -- it might not be a contract year for him after all, as he is eligible for an extension and reportedly is open to signing a new deal.

Klay is expected to return at some point, but probably not until after the All-Star break.

Russell averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season, and could be even better with improved talent around him.

The Warriors absolutely have a bunch of question marks and it's going to be fascinating to see how it all unfolds.

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In case you are curious, here is how Rose ranked the seeds in the West:

1) Rockets
2) Nuggets
3) Clippers
4) Blazers
5) Lakers
6) Jazz
7) Warriors
8) Spurs

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Alec Burks explains how Steve Kerr sold him on signing with Warriors

Alec Burks explains how Steve Kerr sold him on signing with Warriors

Alec Burks agreed to a one-year contract with the Thunder on July 1, but everything changed four days later when Oklahoma City traded Paul George to the Clippers.

The Thunder allowed Burks out of his deal, and on July 8 he elected to join the Warriors.

"I talked to Steve Kerr and he sold me on it, basically," Burks told reporters in Oakland last Friday. "An opportunity. Playing winning basketball -- playoff basketball. Playing with great players."

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston no longer with the organization -- and Klay Thompson sidelined because of a torn left ACL -- the opportunity definitely will be there.

As a member of the Jazz in 2013-14, Burks averaged 14.0 points and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 35 percent from deep.

But injuries limited the University of Colorado product to 100 games combined over the next three seasons, and Utah eventually traded him last November to Cleveland, who shipped him to Sacramento in February.

The soon-to-be 28-year-old will get a fresh start with the Dubs.

Did Kerr mention anything else during his pitch to Burks?

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"Playing out here with the fans," he said. "The fans -- what I've seen being a visitor -- the fans are amazing.

"That's pretty much it."

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