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What makes the Warriors so special? Livingston singles out Zaza and JaVale

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What makes the Warriors so special? Livingston singles out Zaza and JaVale

Zaza Pachulia did not play a single second in either of the Warriors' first two playoff games vs the Spurs.

JaVale McGee got the starting nod, and recorded 15 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal in Game 1.

In Game 2, he notched 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

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Shaun Livingston wrote a diary for The Athletic on Thursday morning (be sure to read the whole entry), and praised both of the Warriors big men:

"What really makes us special is what we saw from Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee. Z didn’t play a second in the first two games, but he showed all you need to know about him. He has championship pedigree — which means you do what’s in the best interest of the team.

Coach pushes those buttons and he makes those decisions. If it were me, I wouldn’t want a DNP. I’m sure Z didn’t want one either. But instead of being, like, “This is bulls**t,” he made the sacrifice and was supportive of his team. That’s championship pedigree.

You’re playing for something bigger than yourself. I commend Z for taking that backseat and still staying ready, because you never know what can happen.

And the guy who took his place in the starting lineup, JaVale, is a prime example of what it means to stay ready. No matter what, whether he’s playing or not playing, he is the first one off the bench during timeouts, greeting and encouraging his teammates.

Him being able to get his shot now, to see him getting his shine, that’s the story.

When Livingston says "you never know what can happen," it's the truth.

McGee is listed as questionable for tonight's Game 3 because of a left thigh contusion.

If he is unable to play, it's quite possible that Pachulia gets the start...

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

Warriors waive Julian Washburn, who was acquired in Andre Iguodala trade

Warriors waive Julian Washburn, who was acquired in Andre Iguodala trade

The Warriors waived two-way forward Julian Washburn, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Golden State acquired Washburn on July 7 in the trade that sent Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies.

He played in the Dubs' final two Summer League games in Las Vegas last week.

The 27-year-old appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies last season, and averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 38 games with the franchise's G League affiliate.

The Warriors now have one more two-way contract available, which could go to Damion Lee.

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Undrafted guard Ky Bowman holds the other two-way deal.

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What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

It's a sight Warriors fans will never forget. It's the last image they have of Kevin Durant in a Warriors uniform.

Durant being helped off the court in Toronto after tearing his right Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

On one side was Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini. On the other side was former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.

Somehow, Durant was able to put weight on his injured right leg. He didn't need to be carried off the court.

That part blows the mind of Seattle Mariners pitcher Sam Tuivailala, who just returned from an Achilles rupture of his own.

“I saw the play and I was just shocked he was able to walk on it after,” Tuivailala told Jeff Faraudo for The Seattle Times. “When I saw that I didn’t think it was an Achilles because I couldn’t put any type of weight on it. I hope he has a safe and smooth recovery, like I did.”

Durant underwent surgery to repair his Achilles shortly after suffering the injury. Now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, he has a long rehab ahead of him before he can get back on a basketball court.

“I quickly found out it was not a fun rehab,” Tuivailala told Faraudo.

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Tuivailala, a San Mateo native, missed 11 months after rupturing his Achilles last August 8 in Texas. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old made his return to a big league mound against the A's. He pitched one inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs.