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Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 3 online

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Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 3 online

The Warriors are out for revenge on Thursday night in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs against the Clippers. 

After blowing a 31-point lead in Game 2, the defending champs are looking to release their "killer instinct" in Los Angeles. And might all start with how Kevin Durant responds to Patrick Beverley's antics. 

Durant and Warriors coach Steve Kerr appear to be at odds over how much the Warriors star forward should shoot after only eight attempts last game. Either way, expect a game big from the two-time NBA Finals MVP. 

[RELATED: Draymond says it's not his job to tell KD to shoot more]

Here's how you can watch Warriors vs. Clippers Game 3 on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online:

When: Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. PT (pregame coverage at 6 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

Magic Johnson reveals he was backstabbed by Lakers GM Rob Pelinka

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Magic Johnson reveals he was backstabbed by Lakers GM Rob Pelinka

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Monday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

On April 9, Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world when he resigned as the Lakers president of basketball operations.

On Monday morning, he was a guest on ESPN's First Take and explained why he stepped down.

"First year in was tremendous, so things got going in the right direction," Magic said. "And then I start hearing, 'Magic, you're not working hard enough, Magic's not in the office.' So people around the Lakers office were telling me Rob (general manager Rob Pelinka) was saying things. And I didn't like those things being said behind my back.

"So I start getting calls from my friends outside of basketball saying those things now were said to them outside of basketball ... now it's in the media and so on. People gotta remember something -- I got allies, I got friends everywhere."

Soon thereafter, Magic pivoted.

"The straw that broke the camel's back was I wanted to fire Luke Walton," he declared. "We had three meetings. I showed her (owner Jeanie Buss) the things he did well and the things he didn't do well.

"I said, 'Listen, we gotta get a better coach.' The first day, 'Well let's think about it,' the second day, 'OK, you can fire him,' then the next day, 'No, we should try to work it out.' So when we went back-and-forth like that ... it's time for me to go.

"I got things happening behind my back, I don't have the power that I thought I had to make the decision ... I gotta step aside."

Two days after the regular season ended, the Lakers and Walton agreed to mutually part ways. Walton was hired as head coach of the Kings a couple days later.

Magic made it clear that Pelinka was the only one doing any backstabbing.

"I wasn't having fun coming to work anymore, especially when I got to work beside you (Rob) -- knowing that you want my position," Magic said. "And I'm OK with that. I told him in Year 2, 'I'm only gonna be here three years. So my job, Rob, is to get you ready for this position.'

"I was gonna help elevate him to the president's position. And so when all of this was coming back to me and guys were calling me (saying), 'You better watch out for him.'

"What's crazy was, when I took the job, you know how many agents called me and said, 'You gotta watch out for him.'

"If you're gonna talk betrayal, it's only with Rob."

The turmoil and chaos in Laker Land is very real.

The Warriors, meanwhile, have won three of the last four NBA championships and are one win away from advancing to the NBA Finals for the fifth straight season.

After the Lakers won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, everybody predicted this is where we would be less than 10 years later, right?

Lastly, Magic said this:

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NBA rumors: Kevin Durant could leave Warriors due to Steve Kerr's 'prodding'

NBA rumors: Kevin Durant could leave Warriors due to Steve Kerr's 'prodding'

It's been almost two weeks since we've seen Kevin Durant on a basketball court and it's unlikely we see the Warriors star again until the start of the 2019 NBA Finals

With Durant rehabbing his right calf strain while the Warriors handle the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals, it's time to go back to focusing on KD's future and the possibility that he leaves the Bay for the New York Knicks.

Most wonder why Durant, who has won back-to-back NBA Finals MVP awards with the Warriors, would want to leave a team as set up for continued success as Golden State is, especially for an organization as dysfunctional as the Knicks. 

There have been a number of reasons bandied about for why Durant -- should he choose to opt out of his contract this summer -- might want to see his time in the Bay come to an end.

The latest whispers involve Steve Kerr.

While at the NBA Scouting Combine, Newsday's Steve Popper reportedly spoke to an NBA executive who revealed that he's heard Durant has become annoyed with Kerr's coaching style and also wants to leave because he will never be "the centerpiece" of the team. That, of course, is Steph Curry. 

via Popper:

But one front office executive said that Durant has been unhappy with the prodding from Steve Kerr and the feeling that he never can be — no matter how great he performs and how many individual honors he compiles — the centerpiece of a team that holds Steph Curry in the hearts of the franchise.

Sounds like the Master of Whispers has been working overtime in the NBA.

Perhaps Lord Varys wasn't actually burnt to a crisp, but rather just had to leave Westeros in order to run the Kevin Durant rumor mill, which is working overtime at the moment.

[RELATED: KD to Knicks reportedly is '100 percent done,' veteran NBA players says]

As for Durant's reported jealousy of Curry and issues with Kerr's coaching, only KD knows the answer to that.

There have been no real signs of issues between the Warriors' two superstars, and Durant, by all accounts, is the type of player who wants to be coached hard because he wants to play basketball at his highest possible level.

So this is most likely just a whisperer passing on whispers he's heard along the way.

Should KD head for the Big Apple this summer, it seems unlikely these are the reasons for his departure.