“He is 7 feet and falling away. He’s one of the best scorers ever, right? So I thought he was extremely good. But we can withstand that,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said after the game (h/t ESPN).
“We can’t withstand turning the ball over, missing layups, them getting out. Klay Thompson got up 15 [3-pointers]. We can’t give him 15 3s. We’re switching everything and staying off for that reason, so we have to clean up some stuff and see if we can do it on Wednesday.”
Durant will again be the focus of the Warriors offensive attack when the two teams take the court again for Game 2 on Wednesday.
“We want to keep the ball moving, but obviously Kevin is the ultimate luxury because a play can break down and you just throw him the ball,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
“He can get you a bucket as well as anybody on Earth. This is why anybody would want him on their team. You think about a couple years ago, and we’re in the Finals and we couldn’t quite get over the hump. Kevin is the guy that puts you over the hump. I don’t know what you do to guard him. He can get any shot he wants.”
Durant admits he was just taking what the Rockets’ defense gave him during the Game 1 victory.
“I was just taking what the defense gives me,” Durant said. “Just trying to be aggressive when I had the ball and forceful when I had the ball. [There are] some shots that I wish I could have back. There was a floater that I shot, I want to say the fourth or third, that was short. I hate shooting shots like that. I miss them early, and I felt they were good shots.”
Despite the strong performance, Durant believes that the Warriors can only get better.
“I don’t know if we’re at our peak,” Durant said. “I think we could be better. I mean, the stakes are high. We’re playing the Western Conference finals against the best team in the league, the No. 1 seed, an MVP on their team. So I think everybody just wants to enjoy this time. Not a lot of people get this opportunity, so we want to take advantage of it.”
Warriors’ Draymond Green Discusses Future with Team
As the Golden State Warriors prepare for the 2018-2019 season and a defense of their NBA Championship, again, they are also on the clock when it comes to new deals for Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, a big challenge for the cap strapped Warriors.
Additionally, former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green will also need a new deal from the team, but the veteran forward believes he is in the best position when determining his future with Golden State.
“I’m not sure how it plays out, but I think I’m in the best position out of everybody,” Green said, during an interview with ESPN’s Sam Alipour. “Steph was up, now Klay and Kevin are up. That gives me the opportunity to see what everyone else does. And quite frankly, if I am the first to bounce, unless it’s in 2020, it wouldn’t be my decision. I can get traded. But I’m last. I should be the least of everyone’s worries.”
Green wants to stay with the Warriors for the long-term, and has expressed a willingness to put the team first in the past.
“I’d love to [stay],” Green continued. “When you look around the league today, how many guys have been with one team? Kobe, Dirk [Nowitzki], Duncan, Manu [Ginobili]. It don’t happen like that anymore. That’d be amazing. But at the end of the day, it’s a business. Let the cards fall how they may.”
Warriors’ Klay Thompson Sees Staying with Golden State for a Long Time
Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson is entering the final year of his current contract and his impending free agency will continue to be a hot topic throughout the 2018-2019 regular season, but folks shouldn’t hold out too much hope that Thompson will switch teams next summer.
In fact, Thompson sees himself playing for the Warriors for a long time to come.
“Yeah, well it’s a great position to be in” Thompson said during an appearance on Sirius NBA Radio.
“To be wanted is definitely awesome. It means you’ve been — you’re respected and you put in work, and NBA free agency has taken on a whole life of its own now. It’s crazy. You hear about it sometimes more than you do, even the regular season. That’s just the eagerness of fans trying to get — they’re trying to see the fantasy team. It is a goal of mine to be with the Dubs for a long, long time. Like I said before, it’s just special to do it in one place. To be known like the Derek Jeters, the Brett Favres, Kob, list goes on — Tim Duncan.
It’d be a goal of mine. A lot can happen though, but, it would definitely be awesome to be a Warrior for as long as I could possibly be.”
Just like you, @Warriors guard @KlayThompson is aware he’s set to be a free agent next summer. But maybe unlike you, Klay told @GregAnthony50 and @TheFrankIsola sees himself playing with the Warriors for as long as he can.#DubNation pic.twitter.com/4TietahraO
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) October 4, 2018
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Crawford, 38, reportedly isn’t close to making a decision on which team he wants to play for next season, but has stated in the past that he would like to play for the 76ers.
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