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Warriors heavy favourites for signing Kevin Durant

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Warriors heavy favourites for signing Kevin Durant

The Golden State Warriors are the heavy favourites to rein in Kevin Durant should Oklahoma City Thunders be releasing the forward on free agent at the end of this NBA season.

Durant will be on free agent at the end of this season, and though he has not revealed interest in leaving the Thunders it would be apt to consider that he could be intrigued by the idea of joining the defending champions, going 44-4 this season.

Warriors forward Draymond Green, one of the team’s leaders, stands firmly behind the aggressive push for Durant. Fitting him into Golden State’s salary situation would take some maneuvering, but the current Warriors have the flexibility in their wallets to do so.

Representing a continuous efforts on part of the Warriors, the pursuit for Durant predates even their 2015 championship run. Washington, Houston and Miami are all expected to be suitors and have been tied to Durant previously. The Clippers are also thought to be in the mix, with the Lakers being an extreme long shot.

Fueled by rumours and reports everywhere, the deal is ‘unthinkable’ with almost everyone believing that the move could ‘change the landscape of the NBA’.

If the transfer works out, Kevin Durant will play side-by-side with the best stars in the league such as reigning MVP Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Green. He will be joining them in the coming All-Star Festivities, having trained with them as part of the USA basketball team.

Cleveland Cavaliers annihilated by the Warriors

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Cleveland Cavaliers annihilated by the Warriors

Cleveland Cavaliers and basketball legend LeBron James suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors by 132-98.

There was significant anticipation towards the build-up of the match, as it was a fight between last season’s champions (Warriors) and finalist.

The Warriors were coming off a loss to the Detroit Pistons, but the team showed no sign of morale breakdown.

It simply turned out to be a night to forget for LeBron James as the Warriors, led by NBA MVP Steph Curry, overcompensated and ran riot at the Q arena.

Their dominance proved too much for James at one point, with the superstar losing his composure in an off-the-ball tussle with Curry who ended up being grappled to the floor.

The Cavaliers trailed by a huge gap of 43 points after the fourth quarter, the largest point difference and defeat James had ever suffered in his long career.

Pistons take down Warriors even as Curry dazzles

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Pistons take down Warriors even as Curry dazzles

The Golden State Warriors were defeated for the second time in three games as the Detroit Pistons routed them by 113-95.

Just as Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris grew accustomed to looking up at the Golden State Warriors in the standings, he can be proud for holding his giving the reigning champions a thumping.

“I’ve seen them a lot. That’s one of the best performance I ever had against them. I thought (Andre Drummond) did a great job and I thought our bench played pretty well,” Morris said.

The sellout crowd in the Palace of the Auburn Hills were delighted as their team gave the Warriors (37-4) their first loss of the season with their starting lineup intact.

The Pistons took their largest lead of the game at 25 points, with a score of 101-76 when Reginald Shon “Reggie” Jackson scored on a short jumper with 7:03 remaining in the game.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also took advantage of MVP Steph Curry and defended him for most of the night to score 20 points.

However, even as Caldwell-Pope added on three steals, Curry managed to take 38 points, including a 32-foot heave that was all net.

Pistons may have won the game, but Curry still drew praise from the Pistons with his 38-point performance.

“As he caught it, I was thinking, ‘There’s no way he’s going to shoot this,’” Pistons Jackson said.

“It was pretty scary that he never reset his feet. It was an off-rhythm catch and the guy is just unreal, probably the best shooter to play the game — and rightfully so, he should be mentioned in that category.”

Harden “lasered” by fan during Jazz match

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James Harden of the Houston Rockets had the unfortunate experience of having a laser pointer shined at him by a Utah Jazz fan.

“Some guy was lasering me,” Harden said. “I saw it the first time and I thought it was a picture being taken.”

“I went to the foul line again and it happened again. The referee (Tom Washington) caught it before I did. That’s the first time that happened to me.”

Playing in Utah, Harden was on the free throw line when he saw the light.

With risk of temporary blindness as a laser pointer’s light hits a person eyes, security took no chances and searched out the offending fan, who was escorted from the arena.

Jazz officials said the fan was banned from all NBA arenas for one year.

Houston Rockets then rallied on to win the match narrowly by 93 to 91, with Utah Jazz squandering a 15-point second-half lead.