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Warriors' Kevin Durant explains why he likes to engage on social media

Warriors' Kevin Durant explains why he likes to engage on social media

Kevin Durant logged on to Twitter this week and made waves.

The Warriors star went at FOX Sports 1's Chris Broussard multiple times after the commentator claimed Golden State winning without the two-time NBA Finals MVP was Durant's "worst nightmare."

Durant and Broussard went back-and-forth a couple of times before the feud died down. 

So, why does Durant, an all-time great, feel the need to be present on social media? Because he knows what he's talking about.

"Because I have social media," Durant said Friday when asked why he engages with people on social media. "I mean, I'm a human being with a social media account. I could see if I ventured off into like politics, culinary arts or music and gave my input, but I'm sticking to something that I know. You know what I'm saying? This is all I know. I'm actually talking about stuff that I know. I'm qualified to talk about basketball.

"So when I respond to something, especially if it's about me personally, of course I'm going to tell you if you wrong about it. When I'm on the training table getting treatment on my calf and I see a tweet that come by and I disagree -- I don't talk to people because I'm worried about what they say, it's just that I'm interested. So if you talking about in-game or the NBA Finals, they're the same to me, you know what I'm saying?"

Fair enough.

Durant, who has been sidelined with a right calf strain since Game 5 of the Warriors' second-round series against the Houston Rockets, continues to receive treatment and rehab his calf, but he is "unlikely" to be able to play early in the series.

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If Durant does miss the first few games of the championship round, it will just give him more time to pick people apart on social media.

NBA Draft 2019: Warriors' three biggest needs with two picks this year

NBA Draft 2019: Warriors' three biggest needs with two picks this year

The Golden State Warriors' season ended less than a week ago, but the quest to improve has just begun. 

The first order of business is selecting a prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Warriors -- who currently have two picks in Thursday's draft -- are entering the night in unique peril. 

Their top two free agents -- Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant -- are expected to be out for the majority of next season, heightening the need for a rookie to make an impression right away. 

For now, here are Golden State's biggest needs entering the draft. 

Scoring 

Even if the Warriors re-sign Durant and Thompson this summer when free agency begins June 30, shooting will be at a premium next season. Last year, aside from Thompson, Durant, Steph Curry and DeMarcus Cousins, no other Warrior averaged double figures in scoring. 

In recent drafts, Warriors general manager Bob Myers has opted to prioritize defense over scoring, including Patrick McCaw in 2016 and Jacob Evans in last year's draft. 

Last season, the defensive-minded Evans struggled from the field as he reworked his shooting form, making just 34 percent of his shots. 

Initial reports peg Thompson out at least until March and Durant for the rest of the season, taking away 47 points per game from Golden State's offense. With that in mind, a reliable shooter should be a focus in this draft.   

Big man

With DeMarcus Cousins not expected back next season and Andrew Bogut returning to Australia, the Warriors should be in the market for a starting big man. 

A year ago, the Warriors looked towards their young bigs Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney and Damian Jones to compete for the starting role until Cousins recovered from a torn Achilles. While Jones won the starting role out of training camp, a torn pectoral muscle ended his regular season, forcing Bell and Looney to alternate the role. 

This summer, Looney -- Golden State's most reliable postseason big -- will enter free agency for the second straight season. Meanwhile, there's a chance Jordan Bell won't be back if the Warriors don't exercise his $1.8 million qualifying offer. With that in mind, a frontcourt addition could be welcomed.

A player that can contribute right away

Last season, Myers selected Evans with the hope that the former Cincinnati guard could contribute instantly. That didn't happen, as Evans averaged just 1.3 points, 0.8 rebounds in 0.8 last season as he struggled through injuries and a full reconstruction of his jump shot. 

As Evans struggled, undrafted forward Alfonzo McKinnie, Quinn Cook, and Shaun Livingston got the bulk of his minutes, leaving Evans to go down to the G League to get playing time. 

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While Evans remains in Golden State's plans going forward, the Warriors will need a key contributor with Durant and Thompson out. 

Rockets GM Daryl Morey admits Warriors' injuries changes philosophy

Rockets GM Daryl Morey admits Warriors' injuries changes philosophy

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, Warriors superstar Kevin Durant sustained a torn right Achilles tendon.

In Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, Warriors star Klay Thompson sustained a torn left ACL.

Even if both players re-sign with the Dubs in free agency, they are expected to miss most -- if not all -- of next season.

Does Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey change his philosophy this offseason because of Golden State's injuries?

"Yeah, it does a little bit," Morey admitted Tuesday morning on The Dan Patrick Show. "In the past we knew like 90 percent plus we gotta beat Golden State to win the title. Obviously, those odds are a little different.

"And Golden State does force you to play differently, fives (centers) in particular have trouble against Golden State -- some of that is Draymond, some of that is just all their off-ball switching."

At this point, unfortunately, Morey lost reception on the call. And when the conversation continued, they moved on to a different topic.

We are still weeks away from knowing next season's title favorites, as free agency doesn't open until June 30. The balance of power might shift dramatically.

Morey volunteered that the Rockets are currently pursuing "one of these top free agents," which can only be acquired via a sign-and-trade because of Houston's salary cap situation.

He also said that Houston will be using the midlevel exception this summer and that should land them a very solid rotation piece.

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The Rockets' roster is nowhere near completion, yet Morey remains very confident in his team's title aspirations.

"We feel like we're the favorites in the West going into next season," he said.

With the uncertainty surrounding Golden State, he certainly isn't the only one who feels that way.

And the Rockets have to believe that in 2020 the Warriors won't eliminate them from the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

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