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Warriors out for revenge against Bucks, Walton 'all for it'

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Warriors out for revenge against Bucks, Walton 'all for it'

The Bucks dealt the Warriors their first loss of the 2014-15 regular season on Saturday in Milwaukee -- Golden State's final stop on a seven-game road trip.

Less than a week later, the Bucks will face a rested Warriors team at Oracle Arena. Warriors players, recalling a late-game dunk by Michael Carter-Williams and the subsequent celebration, are plenty motivated. And interim head coach Luke Walton is all for it.

Draymond Green to KNBR on Tuesday: 

"They had a little celebration. It is what it is. They won a regular season game. The 24-1 shirts in the NBA store and the streak-buster shirts, I'm not sure if ... that's what I want to promote for my team. But hey, to each his own. I don't really get caught up in it.

"I think Michael Carter-Williams getting a dunk at the end of the game and looking at our bench like, 'Dude, you lost your spot.' It's not quite common that you should be looking toward someone's bench and yelling when you've got some ground to make up. But I love the intensity. It is what it is.

"And they've got to come in here on Friday night."

Klay Thompson on Wednesday: 

"We're looking forward to it, man. They're obviously the team that gave us our one in that loss column. We thought, at the time, they could have won with a little more class -- some of those guys. I'd have been fired up too, so we definitely remember that.

"There's nothing wrong with the dunk, but the stare-down, trying to talk nasty in a game like that. It's like, 'All right, you realize you see us again next Friday, in our building too.' So that's going to be fun."

Stephen Curry on Wednesday: 

"Big opportunity for us to redeem ourselves. Throughout the course of the regular season, storylines happen and you want to get up for big games. They're our next challenge and we remember what happened up there less than a week ago so it's going to be a fun atmosphere. Want to come out and play our game and play with the same energy they did -- even more than they did when we were up there.

"It was a nice celebration. We do remember that stuff. Hopefully come out strong.

"We were kind of just laughing at some of the stuff that was going on. It was a big game for them. Friday will be a big game for us."

Harrison Barnes to 95.7 The Game on Thursday:

"Yeah, it will probably be a long night. We definitely take a lot of pride in the way we play and we didn't play our best game when we went there and played in Milwaukee. The guys are going to be fired up to right their wrong.

"(Carter-Williams) had some things to say. But kinda just chalked it up to that's what he was feeling in the moment. He was excited.

"We'll see tomorrow night."

Interim coach Luke Walton to KNBR on Thursday:

"I wasn't surprised. Our guys, they take everything personally. It's kind of one of the reasons that they're great. The competitiveness that they have. When we tell Draymond, tell the team there's a good chance we don't win 72 games this year, but we don't care about that because all we're trying to do is get to the level where we can win another championship. And Draymond will jump up and be like, 'No, we are going to win 72 games.' Ok, we're just talking here. But they take it personally.

"As a staff, we like it. Because that means when our guys are ticked off, they have their edge. And when they have their edge, they're hard to beat. So if something like that is going to set them off for a regular season game, then I'm all for it."

 

Kevin Durant tells Serge Ibaka why Warriors would have beaten Raptors

Kevin Durant tells Serge Ibaka why Warriors would have beaten Raptors

It's always fun to hear two people talk some friendly trash to each other.

It's even better when the people involved are Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.

On the most recent episode of "How Hungry Are You?" from Bleacher Report, the former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates had the following back-and-forth about the 2019 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors:

Ibaka: "Do you think if you didn't go down, you guys would beat us?"

Durant: "For sure."

Ibaka: "Are you sure about that? Are you 100 percent, my brother? We were hot, baby ... we were hot. We were like fire. Nobody could stop us."

Durant: "I could. I was like Sub-Zero (laughing)."

Ibaka: "We may go to Game 7, but the way we were balling -- had confidence."

Durant: "Let's put it like this -- if ya'll go into a Game 7 with the two-time champs, you're not winning that game. You're not. Ya'll had to win in six, which ya'll did. But if I was out there, ya'll wouldn't have beat us at home."

Ibaka: "We almost beat you guys in five, you know that right?"

Durant: "Yeah. Game 6, ya'll almost lost anyway. Klay [Thompson] went out, and ya'll almost lost. So Game 6, we would have smacked ya'll at the crib. And then Game 7 -- I know for sure you could hear a pin drop in your locker room walking into that arena. Ya'll would have been so shook."

Ibaka: "Yeah."

Durant: "So shook."

Ibaka: "Yeah, you're right about that (laughter). But we were hot, so we the champs."

[RELATED: Steph knows he has no room for error with Dubs this season]

Awesome stuff.

Durant didn't bring up the fact that he missed the first four games of the series, while Klay and Kevon Looney were sidelined for Game 3 in Oakland.

I think we all can agree that if both teams were fully healthy from the start, Golden State wins the series in six games max.

But that's not how life works.

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Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!

NBA rumors: Cavs claim ex-Warriors wing Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers

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NBA rumors: Cavs claim ex-Warriors wing Alfonzo McKinnie off waivers

Alfonzo McKinnie found a new basketball home.

The Cavaliers claimed the former Warriors forward off waivers, the team announced Monday afternoon.

McKinnie -- who officially was waived by Golden State on Saturday afternoon -- will remain on a non-guaranteed contract with Cleveland.

The 27-year-old was vying to be the Dubs' starting small forward this season, but injuries in the frontcourt to Willie Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney made him a roster casualty and Golden State opted to keep Marquese Chriss instead. 

The Warriors play in Cleveland on Feb. 1 and host the Cavs on April 8.

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Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!