KD's two-word response to Seth Curry's remarks about Dubs

 nbcsports.com  05/18/2019 00:47:58 

Ever since Kevin Durant strained his right calf during the third quarter of Game 5 against the Rockets, the Warriors haven't lost.

So naturally, the national narrative has shifted to "The Warriors are better without Durant" and "The Warriors don't need Durant."

Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry offered a different perspective, saying the Warriors are "harder to guard" without KD.

As you might imagine, Durant doesn't agree, and he voiced his opinion in the most Durant way possible: A comment on an Instagram post.

All Durant wrote in response to a graphic of Curry's quote was "Hell no."

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— Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) May 18, 2019

Before Game 2 against the Blazers on Thursday, the younger Curry brother spoke to The Athletic and was asked about facing a Warriors team sans Durant.

I think they are harder to guard [without Durant], Seth told Sam Amick. They move around faster when hes not out there. Theyre definitely not a better team, but theyre harder to guard. Obviously, they play a different style of basketball when Steph and Klay [Thompson] are the focal points offensively, and we havent played that team in a while."

Durant's teammate, Draymond Green, on Friday addressed the assertion that the Warriors are better without Durant, and was emphatic in his answer.

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"Thats idiotic, Green told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. Its very idiotic. I dont think theres one person in this locker room, one person in this organization that thinks that. And I know for damn sure that any idiot that does possibly [say] it dont believe it.

Without Durant, who likely will miss the entire Western Conference finals against the Blazers, the Warriors have a 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Portland for Game 3 on Saturday night.

The Lakers aren't in the NBA playoffs, and yet they can't seem to stay out of the news.

They made another appearance Friday with the announcement that they have decided not to fill Magic Johnson's recently-vacated position as Director of Basketball Operations.

The Lakers have decided they will not hire a President of Basketball Operations to replace Magic Johnson, a team source told ESPN.

General manager Rob Pelinka will continue in his role, reporting directly to ownership. Pelinka had previously reported to Johnson

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 17, 2019

Instead, general manager Rob Pelinka -- who had previously reported to Johnson -- will now report directly to ownership.

The Warriors -- who most definitely are still alive in the postseason -- could benefit directly as a result of the Lakers' decision.

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After Johnson resigned from his position, there was rampant speculation that the Lakers might target Warriors general manager Bob Myers to replace him. If Los Angeles has indeed chosen to go without a Director of Basketball Ops, that would seem to rule out such a possibility.

Or, it's always possible the Lakers already reached out to Myers, and he did not give them the response they were hoping for.

Ultimately, it was always going to take a monumental offer to pry Myers -- who grew up a Warriors fan in northern California -- away from Golden State. Whether or not any offers have been exchanged, it appears you can count on him remaining with the Dubs, at least for the time being.

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

Steph Curry has been incredible so far in the Western Conference finals against the Trail Blazers:Game 1 = 36 points, seven assists, six rebounds

Game 2 = 37 points, eight assists, eight rebounds

As a result, this is now a fact:

Stephen Curry of the @warriors is the first player with 35+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists in each of the first 2 games of a conference/division finals since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did so as a rookie in the 1970 Eastern Division Finals vs. New York.#DubNation

— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) May 17, 2019

That's some pretty exclusive company for the Warriors star.

In 1970, here's how Kareem performed in the first two games against the Knicks:Game 1 = 35 points, ?? rebounds, ?? assists

Game 2 = 38 points, 23 rebounds, 11 assists

The good folks over at basketball-reference.com only have the rebound and assist totals from Game 2 of that series.

Here's another statistic for you:

The last time Steph Curry scored 36+ points in back-to-back games before tonight:-Jan. 28, 2017 = 43 points

-Feb. 1, 2017 = 39 points https://t.co/sn4IXIfG0D

— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 17, 2019

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And in case you were wondering: In Game 3 at Portland on Saturday night, Curry is looking to score 30-plus points in his fourth consecutive playoff game for the first time since 2015 (Game 6 at Memphis and the first three games of the West finals against the Rockets).

Lastly, if you're looking for something to do on a Friday night, listen to the Warriors Outsiders Podcast for a breakdown of Golden State's Game 2 win.

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