Warriors’ superstars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson led the USA men’s basketball team in defeating the FIBA Asia champions, China, 106-57, on Sunday in their second Olympic tune-up.
The USA men’s basketball team has proven that they are still the most dominant team that will be participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Kevin Durant led the team scoring 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting while Klay Thomson added 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
This might only be a practice game, but it shows what to expect with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson next season. However, during the last season, the two superstars were rivals in the Western Conference Finals and both played well in their respective teams. Now that they are officially teammates, it seems like the Western Conference will be completely dominated by the Golden State Warriors.
Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder because of his goal to win his first NBA championship title. Many were disappointed with his decision, but the 27-year-old small forward insisted that he only chose what will make him happy.
The hatred continued in their tune-up game at the Staples Center where Kevin Durant and Draymond Green received boos from the fans. Fortunately, Durant claimed that he did not hear it and maintained his focus on the game.
“I did? Huh,” Durant said of being booed. “I didn’t hear it.”
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers heard the boos and had his theory.
“I think it’s Clipper fans because they cheered DeAndre [Jordan],” Myers said. “That’s just my guess.”
The Los Angeles Clippers were one of the NBA teams who were desperate to get Kevin Durant so having negative reactions from their fans cannot be prevented. The same with Boston Celtics wherein Jae Crowder expressed his disappointment on Durant for not joining their team.
Kevin Durant has the right to choose his preferred team since he has worked hard for it from the time he entered the NBA. Though it is undeniable that he made the Warriors a much tougher team, it is not an assurance that they will win the NBA championship that easily.
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