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Ultra-dangerous Durant stuffs stat sheet in Oakland debut

Ultra-dangerous Durant stuffs stat sheet in Oakland debut

OAKLAND – The ultra-dangerous Kevin Durant the NBA knows all too well, unseen in the preseason opener, showed up for the Warriors in game two of the preseason.

After missing seven of his nine shots in a desultory 9-point effort against Toronto last Saturday, Durant recovered nicely Tuesday night in a 120-75 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena.

Making his local debut after becoming a free agent and signing with the Warriors in July, the four-time scoring champion posted 21 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two (officially) blocked shots and a steal in 25 minutes.

Greeted loudly and warmly upon introduction, Durant scored the first points of the game, a pull-up 3-pointer from the right wing 85 seconds after tipoff. The 6-foot-9 forward then spent the half spreading his talents all over the floor: 18 points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot.

Durant, and the rest of the starters, left the game in the third quarter and did not return.

Andrew Bogut denies bitterness to Warriors: 'I'm a sarcastic a--hole'

Andrew Bogut denies bitterness to Warriors: 'I'm a sarcastic a--hole'

Early in the third quarter of Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals, Andrew Bogut sustained a season-ending knee injury.

The Warriors lost Games 6 and 7 to the Cavs and Golden State traded Bogut a couple of weeks later to make room for Kevin Durant.

"Look, I’m not stupid, man,” Bogut told Anthony Slater of The Athletic following his season debut in San Antonio. “The dude they made cap space for, I mean, look who he is. I’m not an idiot. You know, if it was someone else, a 12th man, I’d be pissed. But it’s one of the best players in basketball. So I totally get it.

"Was I disappointed? Of course. I wasn’t happy to get traded from a team that just went 73-9, went to the Finals, thought we had a chance to win it, but didn’t. But as far as hating the Warriors? No. I kept in touch with all the guys in this locker room — Andre, Draymond, Steph, Klay at times. Former guys like Harrison (Barnes). Steve would text me."

If you remember, things weren't exactly peachy between Bogut and the Warriors when the big man was shipped out of town.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole wrote back in late June 2016:

The team has grown frustrated by Bogut’s unreliability, particularly in times of greatest need ... Bogut’s well-documented injury history, according to sources, accounts for only part of the team’s annoyance ... the Warriors apparently were displeased with much of Bogut’s postseason work prior to the injury.

In November 2016, prior to Bogut facing the Warriors for the first time, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft told Sam Amick:

"I don’t buy into the sources thing. I don’t buy into all that (expletive), because this league is so two-faced and everybody is so fake. The same people who made those comments will see me tomorrow and shake my hand and ask me how my family is. This league is full of people who are full of (expletive) and shallow, and that’s what you figure out in pro sports. It’s very hard to meet a genuine person who you can call your friend in this league."

Bogut understands how his comments were perceived as him taking a shot at the Warriors. But he can explain.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast -- Dubs drop Bogut's debut in San Antonio]

"From afar, if you’re just reading text and you’re not looking at my body language or my mannerisms, there’s a lot of things I can say that can be misconstrued," he told The Athletic. "A s--tload of things.

"I’m a sarcastic a--hole. I like to have fun, say things. Sometimes if you’re reading in the form of text, it can come off different.”

Very true, Andrew. Very true.

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DeMarcus Cousins out for final game of Warriors road trip in Minnesota

DeMarcus Cousins out for final game of Warriors road trip in Minnesota

DeMarcus Cousins is going to miss his second straight game.

The Warriors' starting center will not play tonight when the Warriors close their four-game road trip in Minnesota, the team announced.

Andre Iguodala -- who did not play on Monday night at the Spurs because of dental work -- is probable.

Shaun Livingston and Jacob Evans are listed as questionable.

Andrew Bogut is expected to start again in place of Cousins. It's unclear at this point if Boogie will be in uniform when the Warriors face the Pacers at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast -- Dubs drop Bogut's debut in San Antonio]

Golden State enters Tuesday's action tied with Denver for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

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