Warriors fall in sudden-death OT to T'Wolves, remain winless in Summer League

Warriors fall in sudden-death OT to T'Wolves, remain winless in Summer League

Despite Pat McCaw’s scoring and the all-around work of rookie Jordan Bell on Tuesday, the Warriors on Tuesday completed the regular portion of the Las Vegas Summer League with their third loss in three games. <

With McCaw putting in a game-high 20 points -- but missing two free throws with 15.7 seconds left in regulation -- the Warriors fell 78-76 to the Timberwolves in sudden-death overtime of the pre-tournament finale at Thomas & Mack Center.

The Warriors surely came away pleased with Bell’s stat line: 5 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks, five steals and five assists. He made both his field-goal attempts, as well as his only free throw.

Guard Bryce Alford scored 16 points and forward Alex Hamilton added 11, as the Warriors shot 35.7 percent from the field.

Center Damian Jones totaled 9 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

The Warriors take a 0-3 record into single-elimination tournament play, which begins Wednesday.

Kevin Durant frustrated by distractions he didn't create as Warriors stall


Kevin Durant frustrated by distractions he didn't create as Warriors stall

Sound and fury has enveloped Kevin Durant for over a week, after a confrontation with Warriors teammate Draymond Green raised eyebrows, questions and ire.

Most frustrating to Durant is this drama was created by something didn’t do. Green reportedly delivered the hurtful line -- “We don’t need you. We won without you. Leave.” -- last Monday, and Durant merely received it, along with a ton of flak.

“My whole thing is I didn’t create any of this,” Durant told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes in a 1-on-1 interview Tuesday. “That’s just my whole thing. I was just playing basketball. Now, I got to answer questions, now I got to talk about this, now I got to feel a way when I was in a great zone playing basketball. …

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“Now, it’s always going to come back. Like, ‘Are they all right? Man, he didn’t play well. Is he going to leave?’ Why do I even have to think about that at this point? … Then it turned into, ‘K.D.’s going to this place, he doesn’t like the Warriors no more. He should go here, he should go there.’ More distractions.”

Of course, Durant could stop those distractions by telling everyone he’s staying with the Warriors past this season. That won’t happen, though, with so much money and prestige at stake.

So, KD will be left to answer the media’s questions about the future and his perceived fit, particularly with the Warriors slumping by their lofty championship standards.

That became evident the day after the incident, with the Atlanta Hawks visiting Oracle Arena. As the game played out, all the talk centered on how Durant would look on the floor with teammates who might have been irritated by the whole ordeal.

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Turns out he was thinking about things, too.

“During the game, I’m like, ‘Ah, [expletive], I’m probably going to have to say something about this,’ “ Durant told Haynes. “Why do I have to think about that during the basketball game? And that’s a fight I had to have, focusing on just playing. …

“And that’s what I tend to focus on, but you’ve got so much B.S. that’s being thrown your way that I didn’t create. If I created all of this stuff, then I couldn’t be out here talking like this, but I didn’t create any of this. I’m just out here playing.”

He’s out there playing, but it’s not at his best level. He shot 24 of 64 from the field and just 1 of 13 on 3-pointers during the Warriors’ winless Texas road trip that started with him shutting down a reporter who asked about his relationship with Green. Durant returned home to work with Hall of Famer Steve Nash on his wayward shot, then discovered he’d been fined $25,000 by the NBA for his outburst toward a heckler in Dallas.

KD and Co. are in one of the roughest of patches. The only way out is to win.

Warriors' Kevin Durant says Draymond Green tiff won't affect his free agency


Warriors' Kevin Durant says Draymond Green tiff won't affect his free agency

Kevin Durant's tiff with Draymond Green sent speculation surrounding his free agency into a frenzy. Would the beef heard 'round the world mean The End Of The Warriors As We Know It?

Well, you might want to put any plans to order a "DURANT NO. 35" New York Knicks jersey on hold until July.

Durant told Yahoo's Chris Haynes on Tuesday that his confrontation with Green won't affect his decision in free agency this summer. 

“Nah, [it won’t factor],” Durant said. “Because at the end of the day, I’m just a ballplayer that’s just trying to be in a great environment to play basketball and groom my skills every day. And I want to compete on a level that once the game starts, I’m just totally comfortable with my surroundings, with just going out there and being me.” 

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Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that Green crossed a line by bringing up Durant's free agency when the two argued during a Nov. 12 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant was upset that Green didn't pass him the ball on the final possession in regulation of a game the Warriors ultimately lost in overtime, and the two got into it on the sideline.

Green ultimately was suspended one game for "conduct detrimental to the team," as the Warriors experienced what coach Steve Kerr called "the real NBA." Maybe that's why Durant said he was able to quickly move past the exchange with Green.

“I never really felt like it was a problem, because I know Dray and he says some crazy [expletive] out his mouth all the time,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “But on top of that, it was just that there was so much coming with it from the outside, and so much stuff that we have to answer now.”

In July, Durant can opt out of a two-year, $61.5 million contract he signed last summer. Until Durant puts pen to paper, questions surrounding his Warriors future surely will follow. 

Going on the record to say the last week won't affect his decision might not truly reassure the Warriors, but it beats the alternative. 

Programming note: Watch Wednesday night's Warriors-Thunder game streaming live at 7:30 p.m. PT on the MyTeams app.