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NBA: Where will Kevin Durant land in the 2019 NBA Free Agency?

On July 5th 2016, Kevin Durant shocked the NBA world when he opted to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Immediately after it was reported, sports journalists, NBA executives, and fans alike, all began to ridicule Durant. “How can he go to the team that he was up against 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals?” How many times have we all heard that?

Well, eventually, Durant’s decision would pay off and the ridicule would turn into praise as Durant ended up leading the Warriors to back-to-back championships, earning both Finals MVPs in the process. With this being Durant’s final year of his contract, the question of where Durant is going begins to loom over us all. With that in mind, what are the top destinations for Kevin Durant?

Well, there are certainly plenty of teams who would love to have Kevin Durant in their lineup and if we take an objective look at the field, a lot of teams can be in play. But, the biggest factor in determining where Durant will land has to be Durant’s reasoning. Does Kevin Durant want to win more championships, or does he value having his own team more? Questions like these will lessen the playing field for Kevin Durant. Regardless, here’s a list with the top teams that Kevin Durant could be playing for in October of 2019.

#11 Portland Trailblazers 

If Kevin Durant is tired of the Warriors and wants to join a team that’s looking exactly for a player of his caliber, the Portland Trailblazers are the perfect fit. Every season, the Trailblazers continue to dominate, but they falter in the playoffs. For the last five years, the Blazers have made the playoffs, but have failed to make any noise, at best reaching the 2nd round. Kevin Durant will be welcomed with open arms by the by CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard and certainly by the fans. It’s a very interesting team to think about, but it seems very unlikely and that’s why it’s #11.

#10 New Orleans Pelicans 

Just like the Blazers, the Pelicans are a talented team with two all-stars in Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. If KD wants to join a team that’s in need of his exact skill set, this is another perfect fit. It’s very unlikely that it will happen because it’s the Pelicans. No one goes to the Pelicans and ultimately, that’s why it’s #10. But, can you imagine KD with Anthony Davis?

#9 Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are a team on the rise with a talented group of players including the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Right now, the Bucks are sitting as the #2 seed in the Easter Conference with a record of 14-6. After LeBron’s departure from the East, it’s anyone’s Conference and KD joining the Bucks will be more than enough to make it to the Finals. What will it take to land KD and how many pieces must be moved? That’s not known.

#8 Philadelphia 76ers 

It’s unclear how this can be done and that’s why it’s low on the list, but if it can be done, watch out. Can you imagine Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, and Kevin Durant on one team? This will be the new and improved Golden State Warriors. To make matters worse for other teams, who is going to compete with them in the East? The 76ers are 3 rd in the East right now with a 14-8 record. Adding KD to the mix will obviously lead to Finals appearances over and over and over again.

#7 Toronto Raptors 

The Toronto Raptors are currently 1 st in the East with a 17-4 record. If KD comes over to Toronto and Kahwi Leonard resigns, who will stop this team? Let’s not forget about all the other talented players they have including Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and others. If it’s possible, this will be the new King of the East.

#6 Oklahoma City Thunder 

If Durant wants to bring back a championship to his home team after learning how to win elsewhere, this is the time. Westbrook is still in his prime and Paul George is no scrub. The team is tied for 4th in the West with a 12-7 record. Adding in KD will make the West much more interesting and who doesn’t love a homecoming story?

#5 New York Knicks 

The New York Knicks haven’t been relevant ever since Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler. Fortunately for them, they have a talented young group of players and an All-Star caliber player in Kristaps Porzingis. Furthermore, rumors have been circulating that Kyrie Irving is looking at the New York Knicks. If the Knicks are able to land KD and Kyrie while keeping Porzingis, this will be a major contender in the East. If KD wants to be “the man” in a big city, this is the perfect team.

#4 Boston Celtics 

The Boston Celtics are in a weird place right now, with a mixture of veteran players and a nice young core. Unfortunately, they can’t seem to find the right mixture of the two. If some pieces move around and KD is able to sign, this could not just be a winning team, but this could be KD’s team. With Kyrie, Horford, Hayward, Tatum, Morris, Smart, Brown, and Rozier, the Celtics can definitely make some moves to not only land Durant but give him a talented group of players to work with. Not to mention, do we not want to see the Lebron led Lakers rival the Durant led Celtics? How would that Finals go?

3 Los Angeles Clippers 

The Los Angeles Clippers have been surprising everyone this year as they sit atop the Western Conference with a 13-6 record. If KD really wants to win championship and have his own team, this would be the perfect fit. The Clippers are already talented enough to win games in the regular season, but they need KD for the playoffs. KD will definitely be “the man” on this team and wouldn’t he just love to ruin LeBron’s Lakers by being the better team in LA?

#2 Golden State Warriors 

That’s right, the Golden State Warriors are 2nd on this list. The Warriors are still an amazing group of players when they work together, but with Green’s attitude and drama, the beginning of the end seems near. Thompson is up for free agency and Green will be in the final year of his contract. Furthermore, they’re all aging, and Green’s negativity seems to be starting to outweigh his productivity. The “fun” play is quickly getting boring and we witnessed that first hand between Durant and Green. Simply, what happened between Durant and Green can never be forgotten or forgiven and that’s why this team not #1.

#1 Los Angeles Lakers 

Come on down to LA if you want to win. Wherever LeBron goes, the chance of success increases significantly. The Lakers are young, talented, have the money, and have LeBron James. Without KD, this team will be making significant playoff runs, possibly upending the Warriors. With KD, the Warriors will be forgotten about as this Lakers team will demolish everyone. I mean, who can mess with a team that has both KD and LeBron?

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NBA: The Draymond Green-Kevin Durant Incident: What Happens Now?

Everybody turn off your televisions because it’s guaranteed, the Golden State Warriors are going to win the NBA championship for the 3rd year in a row. Wait, what? What just happened? Draymond Green did what?

In case you didn’t know, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant had a major altercation in the waning minutes of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, November 12th, 2018. With about 5 seconds to go in the 4th quarter and the score tied at 106, Draymond Green received a rebound after a Clippers missed field goal. Right away, Green began running the court while Kevin Durant clapped his hands to ask for the ball. Green continued to run up the court towards the Clippers 3-point line where he fumbled the ball and ended up going to the floor with the ball in his hand to end the quarter.

Clearly, this was a wasted possession and Durant did not have any of it. Once Durant reached the Warriors sidelines, he slammed his hand on a chair and started screaming at Green. There are no sources as to exactly what Durant said, but from video it seems like he said, “Give me the f****n ball.” 

Green to exception to this and felt like he was being disrespected. From here, Green took the argument to a whole other level. Green balked back at Durant saying,

“Who the f**k you talking to?” Green started cursing at Durant, calling him “b***h” several times. Green then went on to say he’s been making plays throughout his career, reminding Durant that the Warriors were winning before he arrived. He told Durant something along the lines of, “We were winning before you. We don’t need you. Leave.” Green then accused Durant of making the whole season about him because of his impending free agency.

Throughout the incident, the full Warriors team can be seen trying to calm the situation down as both Iguodala and Livingston tried to revert the energy towards the game by clapping over the argument. Meanwhile, Thompson moves seats and sits in between Durant and Green. Ultimately, the incident clearly impacted the game as the Warriors went on to lose 121 to 116.

Because of this incident, the Warriors organization took action and decided to suspend Green without pay for one game. This might not seem like a noteworthy suspension, but when have you heard of a team suspending their own player in recent times? Furthermore, when has a player been suspended for an argument? Clearly, that means this was not a normal argument and it wasn’t as can be seen by the video.

Durant was arguing about a basketball play, about getting the ball in the last few seconds of the game as a two-time NBA Finals MVP. Remember, Steph Curry was out this game due to injury so Durant was the 1st option and Thompson was the 2nd. Furthermore, in that game, Green was 3 of 9 shooting and 0 of 2 from the 3-point line for just 6 points. It wasn’t like he was feeling it and having an amazing night. No, in fact, he was sub-par, worse than his usual as he only had 2 assists in the game! That means Green wasn’t shooting well and wasn’t making plays with his passing, a bad game for Green overall.

On the other hand, Durant was 10 of 24 and 2 of 4 from the 3-point line, with 33 points. In addition, he had 10 assists! Durant wasn’t shooting a high percentage, but he was either scoring or making plays. Either way, with 5 seconds left in the game, the ball should be in Durant’s hands when Curry isn’t around. Durant is going down as an all-time scorer. With 5 seconds left, no one would choose to have the ball in Green’s hands over Kevin Durant.

Furthermore, it’s extremely hypocritical for Green to feel disrespected when every sentence he utters to his teammates during a game is filled with expletive words. Green is known for talking in this manner and for many people, it’s a very disrespectful manner. Once the table is turned on him and he’s being talked to negatively, he can’t handle it? That’s just hypocritical.

Let’s also not forget that Green was a part of the “Hamptons Four” who recruited Durant to join the Warriors. It was also Green who told the media after the 2016 debacle against the Cleveland Cavaliers that the Warriors need Durant to win more championships.

Thanks to Green, this incident is now something much more serious than just an argument. In the final season of Duran’ts contract, a season in which the team is trying to win him over to resign, this incident will for sure push him away. Durant has clearly been affected by this incident as any normal human being would be. If your boss cursed at you and told you to leave after he begged you to sign, you’d be hurt too. Just look at 1:38 of the incident when Durant shakes his head in disbelief and disappointment. You can tell that Durant is just shocked at Green’s words, telling him to leave the Warriors and that they don’t need him. It’s words of total betrayal and now the NBA championship is no longer locked in for the Warriors.

As Klay Thompson stated in the locker room after the game,

“We all want to win. That’s all this is about. We all want to win. I think we’re the only team that can beat us. Nobody else can beat us.” That’s true. No other team in the league can beat the Golden State Warriors when they’re all healthy and firing on all cylinders. Even when the Warriors aren’t healthy and aren’t firing on all cylinders, they’re still extremely difficult to beat. Let’s not forget that Demarcus Cousins has yet to be unleashed.

None the less, this incident might just mark the beginning of the end of the Warriors dynasty. Durant will probably leave and in doing so, this incident will be brought back to the light. How will other Warriors players feel? Will they feel like this incident pushed Durant away and thus blame Green? At that point, can Green stay on the team or will he have to be traded? The questions and possibilities are endless and nothing is for sure. We’ll get a much clearer picture once Green returns to the lineup and plays with Durant.

What we do know now is that Durant and Green’s relationship will never be the same again. As we’d all do in Durant’s position, we’d play nice with Green, but never trust him as a friend again, rather just as a colleague.

Everybody, turn on your televisions because Draymond Green has decided to ruin the Warriors dynasty and make the NBA competitive again.

Thursday Night Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors

This Thursday, NBA fans get to see a possible NBA finals matchup as the defending champion Golden State Warriors go up against the red hot Boston Celtics. This matchup is the first of two (or possibly more) this season.

The Boston Celtics (13-2)

Boston is unstoppable. After losing star forward Gordon Hayward to a gruesome knee injury on opening night, the Celtics lost their first two games of the season. The last 13 have been a different story.

Kyrie Irving masked

The Boston Celtics have won 13 straight, and Kyrie Irving has been at the head of the Boston offense, averaging 20.6 points per game for the Celtics. Ever since leaving Cleveland, Irving has made his case early on as a favorite to win the MVP award this season. He has showcased that he’s just fine without LeBron James, not only showing it in the stat lines, but in the standings as well, given that the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 8-7.

 

It isn’t just Irving’s performances that have cemented the Celtics as a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference, however. Center Al Horford has contributed over 15 points per game and over 8 rebounds per game for the Celtics. Along with him is a core of young, tough players, such as guards Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart and forward Jayson Tatum. With an average age of 24, this young team is going to keep improving as the season progresses, and there seems to be nobody that can stop them.

 

However, if nobody can stop the Boston Celtics, then it’s most likely that the Golden State Warriors are that nobody. This will be Boston’s biggest challenge yet, and the biggest threat to their current winning streak.

 

The Golden State Warriors (11-3)

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors are on a streak of their own, having won their last seven games. The defending champions are on the trail to repeat, and their winning ways so far this season are just business as usual.

Golden State’s ‘Big 3’ of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant have been at the head of the Warriors’ offense, averaging over 20 points per game each so far this season. The trio easily toppled every playoff opponent last season, only losing one game the entire postseason.

Along with the trio of offensive powerhouses is forward and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green, a tough player that accounts for a lot of the hustle on the team. Leading the team in rebounds per game and second in steals, assists and third in blocks per game, Green is one of the biggest underrated stars in the league today.

If anyone has a chance of standing up to the Golden State Warriors right now, it would be the Boston Celtics. Their young, defensive core matches up very well with the Warriors, and Kyrie Irving will be a big challenge to Curry and Golden State.

Prediction:

This has big potential to be the game of the year, and it should go down to the wire. In what will be a close finish, the Celtics will prove their current dominance over the league against Golden State.

When is the Game?

The game will be live Thursday at the TD Garden in Boston at 8 p.m. and will be broadcasted on TNT.

Thursday Night Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors

This Thursday’s national TV game showcases the defending NBA champs in the Golden State Warriors take on a struggling San Antonio Spurs team. This is their first matchup of the season, the last time they went head-to-head was in the Western Conference Finals, where the Warriors had soundly swept the Spurs.

San Antonio Spurs

 

Minnesota Timberwolves v San Antonio SpursThe Spurs are in dire need of a win, and tonight is a perfect time for the pendulum to swing the other way for them. The Spurs return home Thursday after four straight road matchups against Eastern Conference teams. The Spurs are also coming off three straight losses, and have been underachieving as of late, as described in the NBA Week in Review here:

NBA Week in Review: 11/1/17

Despite their shortcomings lately, the Spurs have some bright spots that should keep them in contention in the West. Injuries to star forward Kawhi Leonard and point guard Tony Parker has been a burden to the team, but forward LaMarcus Aldridge and guard Dejounte Murray have stepped up to cover their production. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team with 23.6 points per game, while Murray’s 3.7 assists per game lead the team while he takes over the role of distributor on offense. The Spurs’ defense has not been up to par lately, but a good performance against the Warriors can put this team back on the map.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

 

Thursday is business as usual for the Golden State Warriors. The defending champs are 5-3, which isn’t as hot of a start as the team wanted. However, the Warriors have won four of their last five games, and are currently showing no signs of a championship hangover.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

The big three scorers on the team in guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and forward Kevin Durant are dealing, each scoring more than 20 points a game, headlined by Stephen Curry’s 28 points per game. A quiet, yet not so quiet, hustler on the team is forward Draymond Green, the defending NBA defensive player of the year. Green leads the team in assists and rebounds, and is the mouthpiece that brings a lot of stigma, albeit mostly negative, to the team. Together, this unit lead by Steve Kerr looks ready to catch fire again, and are more than prepared to put on a show.

 

PREDICTION

There’s no doubt that two great teams are going head to head on Thursday. But with injuries to key players on the San Antonio side and the cold streak the Spurs are riding, it’s hard to bet against the Golden State Warriors’ mega-powered offense. Though most conference matchups tend to be nail-biters, the absence of Kawhi Leonard will prove costly in a Warriors’ blowout victory.

Warriors

You can watch this game Thursday at 8pm EST on TNT.