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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in dominant 132-100 win vs. Pacers

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in dominant 132-100 win vs. Pacers

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The way the Warriors are rolling, even the respectable Indiana Pacers didn’t have much of a chance.

After concluding their longest road trip of the season with an emphatic 132-100 rout of the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Warriors will return to the Bay Area Tuesday early morning with an 11-game win streak.

The Warriors took control early, building a double-digit lead that never was seriously threatened thanks to a 24-3 run in the first quarter.

Here are three takeaways from a game in which the Warriors never trailed:

Curry’s insane efficiency

Aside from nearly injuring himself while celebrating a Klay Thompson dunk, Stephen Curry did just about everything perfectly.

He made his first six 3-pointers before ultimately finishing 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. He shot 10-of-13 from the field, scoring a game-high 26 points. He grabbed six rebounds, passed for three assists and nabbed two steals. He was plus-10 over 27 minutes.

Curry’s third 3-pointer gave him 200 this season, extending to seven his streak of seasons with at least 200 3-pointers – making him the first NBA player to accomplish the feat.

Yet, it was his reaction to an impressive dunk by Thompson early in the second quarter that put a scare into the Warriors. Curry leaped off the bench and dropped his warmup jacket, only to get his feet tangled in the jacket.

He survived intact.

Boogie’s Night

It’s a frightening sight whenever a player returns from serious injury, and hits the floor hard for the first time. Cousins, who returned 10 days ago, took his first scary spill with 7:35 left in the first quarter.

Clobbered by Pacers power forward Thaddeus Young while trying to finish a breakaway at the rim, Cousins landed awkwardly on his left foot – just below his surgically repaired Achilles – grimaced and writhed on the floor for a few moments before rising and limping.

He also survived intact.

Young was assessed with a Flagrant 1, and Cousins went to the line and made both free throws. His minutes were unaffected, as was his game. Cousins totaled a season-high 22 points (7-of-12 from the field), six rebounds and four assists. He was plus-7 over 25 minutes.

There may be residual effect Tuesday, but Cousins showed no ill effects.

The return of Jordan Bell

With Draymond Green sitting out with general soreness, coach Steve Kerr had a decision to make. Who should start in pace of Green? Kerr went with Jordan Bell, who has spent much of the season out of the rotation.

Bell responded with eight points, five rebounds, one block and one steal. He was plus-9 over 19 minutes.

Insofar as Bell had not played since Jan. 21 against the Lakers in Los Angeles, where he had a very visible heated exchange with Kerr, giving Bell the start was a surprise.

Kerr could have inserted Andre Iguodala, a good defensive matchup with Indy forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who specializes in perimeter shooting. Going with Bell kept Kevin Durant at small forward, on Bogdanovic, while Bell matched up with Young.

There could be a number of reasons for starting Bell. He may have earned it with his work habits and preparation. He may have been on display for a possible trade. Maybe Kerr liked the matchup.

In any case, Bell acquitted himself well.

NBA rumors: Nets debate signing Kyrie Irving if Kevin Durant not in tow

NBA rumors: Nets debate signing Kyrie Irving if Kevin Durant not in tow

There was a development Wednesday night in the "Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets" narrative that certainly will be of interest to Warriors fans.

Why?

Because it involves Kevin Durant.

Brian Lewis of The New York Post has the details:

The question is if they can’t land Durant, do they still want Irving? Especially if they have to lose D’Angelo Russell — their own 23-year-old homegrown All-Star — to get him?  

It’s a question that has turned into a civil war among the fan base. It also has become an internal debate the Nets are having right now.  

The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured Durant with him.

Hmmmmmm. 

Last week, Brian Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported that Kyrie is prepared to sign with the Nets in free agency.

Then on Tuesday, there was more smoke:

The latest news makes you wonder if the Nets have learned that KD is not going to sign with Brooklyn. If that is in fact true, perhaps they are going to pull out of the Kyrie sweepstakes altogether.

That would certainly be a crazy twist and would have a pretty big domino effect.

Would Kyrie consider going back to the Celtics? What about a reunion with LeBron James on the Lakers? Is a Kyrie-KD duo with the Knicks still a possibility?

The Warriors -- like everybody else -- are completely in the dark when it comes to Durant's plans. It's only been a week since the two-time NBA Finals MVP underwent surgery on his ruptured right Achilles, and the 10-time All-Star most likely needs some extra time to figure out his future.

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That is completely understandable given what he is going through, and what lies ahead for KD when it comes to rehab.

As for news that pertains to Kyrie, you should expect the next couple of weeks to be quite the roller coaster.

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2019 NBA Draft live stream: Start time, channel to watch all 60 picks

2019 NBA Draft live stream: Start time, channel to watch all 60 picks

The NBA Finals are over, and it's already time for the draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft takes place Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in what will be a critical night for all 30 teams in the league. The draft presents the best method to add young, cheap talent, and that's something every squad could use.

The Warriors are no exception. Fully expected to offer both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson max contracts in free agency, it's imperative that the Dubs fill out their roster with cheap options who can grow within their system. Golden State holds the No. 28 and No. 58 overall selections in the draft, and with so many holes on their roster, it's likely the Warriors will go with the best player available at each spot. The possibility of acquiring additional picks also shouldn't be ruled out.

Sacramento has three selections in the draft -- Nos. 40, 47 and 60 overall, all in the second round. After finishing just short of the playoffs, the Kings are counting on the prospects they acquire in the draft to help push them over the top and secure the franchise's first postseason berth since 2006. With three second-round selections, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Kings package some or all of them together in order to move up in the order.

The New Orleans Pelicans hold the first overall selection in the draft, and it's all but guaranteed they'll select Duke star Zion Williamson. The Memphis Grizzlies hold the second overall selection and widely are expected to take Murray State guard Ja Morant.

Here's how you can watch the 2019 NBA Draft on TV and streaming online:

When: 4 p.m. PT on Thursday, June 20
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN