Matt Slocum/Associated Press OAKLAND — The image is startling, somber, a little haunting. Kevin Durant, tubes in his nostrils, a powder-blue gown stretched across his chest, pillows propped behind his head, a hospital bracelet on his left forearm, an IV bag hanging nearby. Eyes narrow, face taut, emotionless. "I'm hurting deeply," Durant wrote in the Instagram post accompanying that photo on Wednesday, "but I'm OK." Somewhere, out of the snapshot frame, was a bandaged right leg, where doctors had surgically repaired his ruptured Achilles tendon that morning. Just two nights earlier, Durant was dancing in an arena hallway, flinging three-pointers in a critical NBA Finals game, diving for loose balls, barking, bouncing, smiling. For 11 minutes and 57 seconds, he was the NBA superstar we've long known: lithe, slinky, dazzling, lethal. That's the image basketball fans will cling to, of Durant, the EasyMoneySniper, as he's known on IG. It's an image we likely won't see again … [Read more...] about Say Goodbye to Kevin Durant as You Knew Him
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By Mark Medina | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: June 12, 2019 at 5:00 am | UPDATED: June 12, 2019 at 5:06 am TORONTO – The Warriors do not exactly need to wait for the results to prove what they fear about Kevin Durant. They will have clarity soon enough, though. The Warriors expect to have Durant’s MRI results sometime on Wednesday morning after he traveled to New York on Tuesday for various medical opinions on his right Achilles injury. The Warriors already initially fear Durant tore his right Achilles tendon against Toronto in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, which would sideline him for the duration of the series and raise questions about his long-term future. Don’t get it twisted. Even if Durant will begin rehabbing an injury that has altered plenty of others’ NBA careers for the worst, those in NBA circles still expect Durant to receive a max contract this summer. And why wouldn’t he? Before straining his right calf … [Read more...] about How might Kevin Durant’s injury impact his free agency?
By Dieter Kurtenbach | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 14, 2019 at 3:30 am | UPDATED: April 14, 2019 at 3:30 am The Clippers can’t beat the Warriors on the court. Not in a seven-game series, at least. No, Golden State has too much talent, coming in wave after wave. The Clippers, with their starless roster full of role players, couldn’t possibly keep up with that. So it seems as if LA’s plan to make this first-round series interesting is to try to beat the Warriors between their ears. It’s a last-resort tactic that was used as the first option in Game 1. And while it didn’t work — Golden State is up 1-0 in the series after a 121-104 win Saturday — don’t think for a second the Clippers won’t try the same tactics again in Game 2 and beyond. What alternative do they have? Trying to beat the Warriors straight-up? The matchup of note in this game-within-a-game is Patrick Beverley — the … [Read more...] about Kurtenbach: Why Kevin Durant vs. Patrick Beverley will define the Warriors’ first-round series
Jeff Chiu/Associated Press The Golden State Warriors moved one step closer to clinching the Western Conference's top seed with a 116-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. Golden State is now two games clear of the second-seeded Nuggets, who fell to a mere 2-4 in their last six contests. DeMarcus Cousins (28 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks) and Draymond Green (six points, nine rebounds and nine assists) stuffed the stat sheet, while Stephen Curry finished with 17 points, five assists and three steals. Klay Thompson added 13 points, and Kevin Durant tallied 21 points, six assists and two blocks before he was ejected in the third quarter. Nick Friedell of ESPN explained Durant now has 15 technical fouls and will be suspended when he receives his next one. Jamal Murray led the way in defeat for the Nuggets with 17 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists. Engaged Warriors Are a Nightmare for Rest of League … [Read more...] about Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry Power Dominant Warriors Past Nuggets
Also, Damian Lillard has amazing perspective, and Steph Curry caught on tape taking a dig at the Rockets? by Brad Botkin Feb 20, 2019 at 3:17 pm ET • 8 min read Welcome back to the NBA Star Power Index -- a weekly gauge of the players who are most controlling the buzz around the league. Reminder: Inclusion on this list isn't necessarily a good thing. It simply means that you're capturing the NBA world's attention. Also, this is not a ranking. The players listed are in no particular order as it pertains to the buzz they're generating. This column will run every week through the end of the regular season. View Profile Anthony Davis NO • PF • 23 PPG28.1RPG12.9BPG2.5 The trade that didn't happen was still the talk of All-Star Weekend. At media availability Saturday morning in Charlotte, Davis refuted the idea that the Celtics were never on his list of preferred teams. Davis then went even further, saying that no teams, in … [Read more...] about NBA Star Power Index: Pelicans’ Anthony Davis changes trade tune; Warriors’ Kevin Durant already belongs with the GOATs