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Kevin Durant has fractured ribs, out a couple of weeks


The injury bug is hitting the Warriors hard — not with anything that seems like it will last into the playoffs, but it’s still a concern.

Stephen Curry (ankle) and Klay Thompson (fractured thumb), Draymond Green is just returning to the rotation (along with David West and Jordan Bell), and now this — Kevin Durant is going to be out a couple of weeks.

What incomplete means is it is nondisplaced, or to use the slang it is a cracked rib. The bone was not moved out of place and does not need to be reset.

The good news for Warriors fans about all these injuries are they should heal up in a couple of weeks and the Warriors should be fully loaded for bear come the playoffs. And no doubt this team knows what it needs to do to win, it can get back into its groove quickly.

So long as we’re not talking about all these injuries in the second week of April, Warriors fans do not need to worry.

Report: Klay Thompson will miss games, maybe a couple weeks, with fractured thumb

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The injury happened Sunday in the Warriors loss to Minnesota. Late in the first half, Thompson reached trying to strip the ball from a driving Jeff Teague and instantly grabs his thumb in pain. He played through it in that game. You can see how it went down in the grainy video here.

There had been rumors this was a little more serious than was being let on, and now comes the news Thompson has a fractured thumb and is out for at least a few games, and maybe a couple of weeks, via Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson is expected to return before the end of the month from a fractured right thumb, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Thompson is averaging 19.7 points per game on 44.3 percent shooting from three, but may be more critical on the defensive end where he takes on the best guard of the other team nightly and is a borderline All-Defensive Team player.

The Warriors are already without Stephen Curry, who tweaked an ankle and will be re-evaluated on March 20. Draymond Green (shoulder), Andre Iguodala, and David West also are all out vs. the Lakers on Wednesday night. It will be the Kevin Durant show.

Steve Kerr doesn’t care about chasing down Houston for the No. 1 seed, all he cares about is getting his players healthy and rested before the playoffs start. Golden State will take its time bringing guys back at this point in the season, even at the price of losing games. Golden State is concerned about the games in late May and June, not one in the middle of March.

Larry Nance Jr. destroys Mason Plumlee on dunk, then points at him as reminder


Larry Nance Jr. didn’t win the All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest, but he is the best in-game dunker in the NBA right now.

Ask Brook Lopez. Or David West. Or now just ask Denver’s Mason Plumlee.

Saturday night, on a possession where the defense was scrambled after a Nance offensive rebound, Nance was left alone on the baseline, got the rock back, attacked, and at that point there was nothing Plumlee could do.

Then Nance taunted him a little with some pointing. Just because.

Warriors enjoy time at museum with kids, don’t miss White House visit

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With an offer to visit the White House as NBA champions rejected and rescinded, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors instead spent their day in the nation’s capital touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with local students.

In town ahead of their win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, Warriors players, coaches and front office executives met with students from Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, which is 8 miles from the White House. Traditionally, the reigning champs will be feted by the president when they play at Washington.

The Warriors didn’t want to wade into much political talk at their pregame shootaround Wednesday, a day after they went to the museum.

Did they miss the pomp and circumstance of the customary White House visit?

“No,” Durant said. “Not at all.”

His teammate David West simply shook his head when asked the same question. Coach Steve Kerr? “You’re not going to get me to go down that path, sorry,” was his reply.

The Warriors spent Tuesday at the museum with 40 students from Seat Pleasant and 10 more from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which helps children who have lost loved ones that served in the military. The private museum tour lasted three hours.

“The kids – their smiles lit up the room,” Kerr said. “Our guys understand how much of an impact they can make on these kids. It’s a reminder of how powerful sports can be and how transformative sports can be for change.”

Warriors guard Stephen Curry said in September that he would not visit the White House if invited. President Donald Trump then announced on Twitter that the “invitation is withdrawn!”

Golden State visited the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama after its 2015 championship.

Curry said that going to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016, offered the Warriors a better use of their time than meeting with a president whose policies they disagree with.

“Rhetoric and hate and just general disdain from the top, trying to be divisive and whatnot, has had the opposite reaction from what it intended,” Curry said. “We’ve done our part, I think, to try to further that message.”


Klay Thompson: Removed Milwaukee fan called me a ‘b—’


Klay Thompson fell behind the baseline during the Warriors’ win over the Bucks tonight, and a courtside Milwaukee fan stood up and said something to Thompson.

Thompson, David West and Shaun Livingston all quickly showed their displeasure with the fan, who was removed from his seat by security.

An alternate angle, via NBC Sports Bay Area:

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

It’s no so fun for Golden State to be on the other side.