Golden State formally has nothing to play for, they have locked up the best record in the NBA for the season. All that’s left is getting Kevin Durant back in the flow — shake off the rust, get in a little conditioning.
Durant will be back Saturday night against the Pelicans.
But he will not be working out any ball-handling kinks with Stephen Curry, the team announced.
Remember that the Warriors have more than just their remaining three regular season games to get Durant fully integrated again. Their first round series will almost certainly be against the Portland Trail Blazers, a team that without Jusuf Nurkic is inconsistent and plays little defense. The Warriors will win that series in four or five games and have that stretch to get right before things get genuinely serious in the second round.
Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.
Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.
Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.
Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.
But at least the Lakers won.
With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.
Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.
Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.
Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.
T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.