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Westbrook brushes off Curry's MVP prediction: 'Who's he?'

Westbrook brushes off Curry's MVP prediction: 'Who's he?'

Stephen Curry believes James Harden is in line to win the prestigious award this year. 

Russell Westbrook is not pleased and showed the reigning back-to-back NBA MVP no respect when he responded on Thursday.

"I don't care," Westbrook told reporters. "It don't matter what he says. Who's he?"

Curry joined The Dan Patrick Show on Monday and said, at that point in the season, he would go with Harden. 

Patrick: "Who would be your MVP this year?"

Curry: "I'm gonna cop out. You gotta ask me in 16 games when the 82 is over."

Patrick: "How about right now though? If you're not voting for yourself or anybody on your team, just as a basketball fan..."

Curry: "Ummmmm, I'd probably say James (Harden)."

Patrick: "What is it about him that's different from Russell Westbrook as far as value?"

Curry: "Probably not much (in) value. You gotta award the better team I would think, record-wise, as it's kind of gone in the history of the MVP award. So I think James would probably edge him out just off that."

Harden, 27, is averaging 28.9 points, 11.3 assists, 8.0 rebounds, and 36.4 minutes per game this year for the 47-21 Rockets.

Westbrook, 28, is averaging 31.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 34.9 minutes per game this year for the 38-29 Thunder.

Steve Kerr feels 'really good' about where Warriors stand right now

Steve Kerr feels 'really good' about where Warriors stand right now

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Wednesday night's performance vs the Raptors was not the Warriors' finest hour. Toronto -- without Kawhi Leonard -- went into Oracle Arena and smacked Golden State by 20.

But on Thursday night, Steve Kerr put things in perspective and had an optimistic outlook for his team.

"We're doing fine, we're not doing great, but you know -- we're doing fine. We're where we need to be," Kerr told Tom Tolbert and John Lund on KNBR 680. "It's not the same -- there's a different vibe, a different feeling. And that's what we have to navigate as a coaching staff. We've got to figure out how we can kind of get these guys through the doldrums of the regular season and keep moving forward and keep getting better. And it's all part of it.

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"I think there are definitely game-within-the-game type things that you can do. We've already talked a lot about that -- dividing the season up into quadrants -- trying to figure out are there things we can do with mini-goals that will advance our bigger picture goals along for the ride.

"It is something that we think about and something that we talk about with the players. But you can't plan for everything. You get some injuries, you get knocked off course a little bit and then your goals change -- the course changes a little bit. But it's all good as long as you're continuing to move forward." 

The Warriors started the season 10-1 but things went south quickly on Nov. 8. Not only did the Bucks beat Golden State by 23 points, but the Warriors lost Stephen Curry to a strained groin.

Then, there was the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green saga, followed by Draymond being sidelined for 11 games. Curry and Draymond are back now and the Warriors may be poised for a run of victories.

"That's why I still feel really good about where we are -- with the injuries that we've had to Draymond and Steph, to be 19-10 and right at the top of the West -- we're doing fine," Kerr added. "I just want to make sure our habits are solid and we're not stringing together a number of performances like last night."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

David West believes Kevin Durant will play for Warriors next season

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David West believes Kevin Durant will play for Warriors next season

Programming note: Watch tonight's Warriors-Kings game streaming live at 7 p.m. PT on the MyTeams app.

David West was teammates with Kevin Durant for two seasons in Golden State. They won two championships together.

West retired in late August after 15 seasons in the NBA and made it clear on Thursday that he's not going to make a comeback.

The 38-year old also was asked to look into his crystal ball and reveal who Durant will play for during the 2019-20 season.

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"I would say Kevin Durant is back with the Warriors next season," West said on 95.7 The Game. "I think KD's comfortable here. Obviously, I think things may change depending on how the year ends up, but I think he likes the area. I think going to San Francisco fits -- nice city, this area fits him, he's comfortable here.

"It's just my opinion -- I don't think he's going anywhere."

Over the course of the last few months, Durant has said a lot of things that has led to a lot of speculation about what he is going to decide. The reality is that nobody knows what will happen in July and even West left the door open for the two-time Finals MVP to leave.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller