Warriors Under Review: Pesky Heat no match for Kevin Durant's brilliance

Warriors Under Review: Pesky Heat no match for Kevin Durant's brilliance

OAKLAND – The Warriors fooled around and won a game on Sunday, needing the full 48 minutes to put away a Miami Heat team whose greatest asset is its zeal to overcome its roster shortcomings.

So when a final-seconds heave by Heat guard Dion Waiters was off target, the Warriors more relieved than satisfied.

Here are some of the positives and negatives culled from a 120-118 win at Oracle Arena:


KD the terminator

Three turnovers aside, Kevin Durant was terrific throughout. But he was absurd in the second half of a game that could have gone either way, scoring 25 points in 19 minutes, on 10-of-12 shooting, including 1-of-3 from beyond the arc. Repeatedly getting to his mid-range spots in isolation, he scored 11 of the team’s last 13 points, DeMarcus Cousins’ clinching free throws with 5.4 seconds left the only exception.

The Heat, like most teams, had no answer for Durant. His teammates saw that and exploited it.


Draymond’s dimes

Few teams are more proficient using physicality to disrupt an offense than the Heat, who had some success in the first half. Draymond Green, who had four assists and two turnovers in the first half, solved them in the second. Finding a seam here and a crack there to zing passes to set up his teammates, Green recorded 10 assists and one turnover after intermission.

The Warriors shot 59 percent in the second half. Klay Thompson (7-of-10) and Durant made the shots, and Green did plenty of spoon-feeding.


Tardy again

Eight minutes into the game Friday in Phoenix, the Warriors trailed the Suns 26-9. Eight minutes after tipoff against Miami, the Warriors were down 24-7. With sloppy play and lack of focus, they invited early 17-point deficits in back-to-back games. Both times, with the help of energy off the bench, they recovered over the final 40 minutes to get the victory.

These are textbook examples of a bad habit. Getting away with it doesn’t make it right.


Speaking of bad habits

The Warriors, for the second consecutive game, allowed their opponent to grab 19 offensive rebounds. One game after the Suns put up 20 more shots (101-81) than the Warriors, the Heat put up 21 more (103-82). Phoenix had 25 second-chance points, and Miami rang up 21.

For the time being, the Warriors consider fundamentals as unnecessary. Until they fix this, they’re asking for trouble.


The jersey swap

Heat legend Dwyane Wade is making the post-game jersey swap a routine of his farewell tour. His swap partner in this game was Stephen Curry. They shared a few private words, and then posed for cameras, each gripping the jersey of the other.

[RELATED: Warriors show appreciation for Wade in final game at Oracle]

A few folks, mostly cranky retired players, don’t approve of this.

We do. Celebrate the game.

Steph Curry sneaks in odd phrases at All-Star Weekend for Jimmy Fallon

Steph Curry sneaks in odd phrases at All-Star Weekend for Jimmy Fallon

Steph Curry is a pretty good sport.

Before the Warriors star took off to NBA All-Star Weekend, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon asked Curry to sneak a few phrases into his media interviews throughout the weekend.

Fallon revealed the bit during Monday night's episode of "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

Curry snuck in the phrases "energizer bunny," "flippin' pancakes," and "Wham Bam Can of Ham" two times each, and nobody appeared to notice. 

Steph appeared to enjoy his experience with it all.

"Energizer bunny" and "flippin' pancakes" seemed pretty easy for the two-time MVP to mix into his interviews, but "Wham Bam Can of Ham?" What even is that?

Fallon himself had high praise for the three-time champ for agreeing to participate.

[RELATED: Check out what Iverson told Curry at All-Star Game]

Steph Curry, always one to keep us on our toes.

Andre Iguodala voted first VP of National Basketball Players Association


Andre Iguodala voted first VP of National Basketball Players Association

Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala was elected as the first vice president of National Basketball Players Association during its Board of Player Representatives meeting on Monday.

Iguodala has served as VP of the Executive Committee since 2013. He replaces LeBron James after his four-year term expired. 

"I am honored to be chosen by my peers to step into this position and take on a larger responsibility within the NBPA," Iguodala said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing my work with (NBPA executive director) Michele (Roberts), Chris Paul and the Executive Committee to accomplish the best possible outcomes for the union and our future members."

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Iguodala, 35, has spent the past six seasons as a member of the Warriors. He's a three-time NBA champion, two-time All-Defense selection, and the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.