Kevin Durant Unleashes The Twitter Fingers
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Kevin Durant Unleashes The Twitter Fingers

The champ strikes back at the haters.

Less than a week after winning the championship, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant took to Twitter Sunday night to respond to a bunch of critics.

Unlike most athletes, Durant may have let some of these tweets get to his head as he snapped back with some questionable responses during his multiple back and fourths.




One specific user seemed to really catch Durant's attention.




Now that it's summer time and Durant is a champion, he has all the time in the world to kick back, relax, and roast users on Twitter.

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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Have An Interesting Relationship

They're fun to watch, that's for sure.

The dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have been the cornerstone of the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2008-09. While their performances should merit a discussion for the NBA Hall of Fame, sometimes it seems they need to be taken to the timeout chair.

On the court, there are times when it seems that the two are fighting for shots. They go from Kobe Bryant to Rajon Rondo in a matter of possessions. Westbrook, as the team's point guard and primary ball handler, usually dictates the pace of the game. Durant, as the better and more consistent offensive player, provides a lot of the scoring. Because of that dynamic, the two can and has been at odds before on the court.

Sometimes it look like the Thunder have no other options than to watch Durant and Westbrook take the shots they want. It is almost like the two stars had a conversation and realized that it is hard enough to share the ball with each other, so just forget the rest of the supporting cast. Everyone but Steven Adams, because he looks like the main henchmen in any spy movie ever made.

That being said, the two have found a middle ground for each other to maximize their different offensive games, with Durant more slick and wiry and Westbrook more explosive and aggressive. Together, it makes a combination that rivals Lennon and McCarthy.

Their relationship can be much like that of college roommates. They can fight, threaten, and hate each other, but if anyone else talks trash about either of them, the other will step in. Just ask Mark Cuban when he was critical of Russell Westbrook. Better yet, ask Kevin Durant about Cuban's comments on his teammate.

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What To Watch For In Sports This Week (5/16)

Kevin Durant-Steph Curry is going to be amazing.

Welcome to championship week.

Monday marks the beginning of the NBA Playoffs' conference championship games and will be kicked off with an intriguing matchup that not many saw coming with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder taking on league MVP Steph Curry and the record-breaking Golden State Warriors. LeBron James and the well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers will then host the upstart Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night in the final battle for the East.

Meanwhile, the race for the NHL's Stanley Cup is in its most cultivating state; the Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins in a pivotal Game 2 semifinal matchup on Monday, with the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues doing the same on Tuesday.

Though there are several other noteworthy events in sports this week, these are two that will (deservedly) dominate the headlines. And, by God, you don't want to miss any of it. Here are this week's biggest storylines:

Monday, May 16

Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors: Game 1
Vegas gives Golden State a 70 percent chance to win this series, and while that sounds about right for a team that just broke the regular season record with 73 wins, it's exactly what Oklahoma City wants--to be the outright underdog. With the way the Thunder battled and stole two road wins against the Spurs (a team that went 40-1 at home throughout the season), expect the Western Conference Semifinals to be stretched into the middle/end of next week.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins: Game 2
The Bolts took Game 1 by way of a 3-1 final score, but the story to watch here is whether goaltender Ben Bishop will be available moving forward after awkwardly twisting his leg in the first period before leaving on a stretcher. The Vezina Trophy finalist said tests revealed no significant damage but it's unclear whether he'll be able to play in Game 2 on Monday night.

One way or another, he could have a major impact on how the rest of the series plays out."Definitely one of the scariest things ever to happen to me," he said. "It's still a little painful right now, but playing hockey is totally different than just walking around."

Tuesday, May 17

Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers: Game 1
Congratulations on your first appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals in franchise history, Toronto. Here's your prize: You get to face LeBron James, who has been to the NBA Finals in a record five straight seasons. The Raptors won the regular season series, 2-1, and while they should provide more of a challenge than the Atlanta Hawks were able to provide, there's little chance that this moves past five games.

San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues: Game 2

Let's be real: After both winning hard fought series in seven games in the second round, both teams are worthy of a Stanley Cup Final berth. Alas, only one may emerge as the Western Conference's true champion. Can St. Louis' Brian Elliott continue locking down opponents? Can the Sharks keep putting up big numbers on the scoreboard? Something has to give. The Blues lead this one 1-0, but expect this series to go down to the wire.

Thursday, May 19

Opening Round of the AT&T Byron Nelson
OK, so it's not the Masters, but the AT&T Byron Nelson could prove to be a worthy prequel to next month's U.S. Open. Jordan Speith, Dustin Johnson, Brian DeChambeau and company will attempt to pursue a $7.3 million purse beginning on Thursday--not too shabby for a non-major event.

Friday, May 20

Sprint Showdown & All-Star Race
The Sprint Showdown gets rolling on Friday (7 p.m. ET) at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the winner of the final 10-lapper will advance to Saturday's All-Star Race (7 p.m. ET).

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Dubs Win, So The NBA Has To Be Rigged

There's no other explanation for it.

In every clique there is at least one friend who gets a little (or alot) crazy when it comes to conspiracy theories. These characters are pretty mundane unless you trigger certain buzzwords. Then it's a landslide of questionable logic and cover up accusations on repeat.

Well tonight's contest was for those paranoid few. With the elimination of all-time NBA legacy potentially coming two games early, and a lot of revenue loss on the line for the NBA, it's easy to see why fans are abuzz with suspicion. I'll recap the best accusations twitter had to offer and gauge the plausibility to get down to the nitty gritty truth.

The Refs, It's always the Refs
It's a classic complaint when presented in the right context can indicate something more ominous. Tonight had all the context and stakes necessary to transform "poor reffing" into "this game is rigged."

A rough quarter set the perception for the rest of the game.

First Thoughts: Nothing to See Here
The first quarter was admittedly rough, but like most things, given time it all evened out in the end. The Thunder were called for 26 total fouls, but this isn't an insane discrepancy next to the Dubs 18 total fouls. A proper, home court advantage if anything.

Draymond is Untouchable
Draymond Green's lack of suspension despite his recent transgressions is already enough fuel for corruption junkies. His antics continued tonight which won't help to placate those angry fans that demand equality.

At this point I'm convinced that Draymond has realized there is no turning back. He will forever now feel pressured to kick everytime he jumps. Green earned one technical foul tonight, but that felt more akin to theater rather than true justice.

Verdict: Stars will be Stars
This is nothing new. The NBA has always prioritized star players and will continue to do so until every player is equally responsible for revenue. Till then we'll have to accept the good with the bad and just hope the refs don't play favorites to hard.

Avoid Elimination with Condensation
Slippery courts is nothing new is the NBA. There are logical explanations. The weather is causing some natural condensation. Sweat dripped on the floor from players. The NBA really needs to ensure there is a game 6.

Verdict: Smoking Gun
Multiple witness saw and can attest to the greased floor, especially where Thunder players were concerned. There is simply no other explanation for the Warrior's victory. The media will sell you excuses like Steven Adams' early foul trouble combined with Andrew Bogut's reemergence. That the Dubs finally found space to shoot tonight amidst OKC length.

No more distractions from the truth, the NBA is undeniably rigged as assured by their conveniently slippery courts. I for one will be watching Saturday to catch the league red handed when they rig us a Game 7.

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Team USA Almost Lost To Serbia

Which is crazy as hell.

Team USA almost lost to Serbia. In men's basketball. In 2016.

On Friday night, that seriously almost happened.

Sure, Serbia has talent. Milos Teodosic is one of the best Euro players around, and Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Jokic both play in the NBA, albeit in lesser roles.

But this one was expected to be somewhat similar to a repeat of the time the two teams met in the 2014 FIBA World Champions: a 37-point romp for the red, white, and blue.

Team USA hopped out to a 23-5 lead in the first quarter. It was pretty much what everyone expected: scared straight by a close win against Australia, Coach K's team would jump out with fire and run straight through Serbia.

Some even thought the game was over after one quarter.

Ah, but these are the 2016 Olympics, where the USWNT falls to Sweden (weird) and people swim in water filled with poop (weirder, I think). Nothing is predictable.

Serbia just refused to go away. After a few runs in either direction, USA took a 50-41 lead into halftime. Kevin Durant attempted just one field goal in the first half, and Klay Thompson continued to look lost, going bucket-less. (At halftime, Thompson had made four of 26 shots in three and a half Olympic games.)

Then came the third quarter.

...oh, were you expecting a huge run from Team USA? Nah.

Serbia hit threes on its first two possessions of the second half to cut the gap to seven. Team USA never took a lead bigger than 11 points in the second half. Serbia cut the difference to five points or fewer multiple times in the third quarter, before Team USA took it to the fourth with a 10-point lead, but even that wasn't safe.

Team USA simply couldn't put Serbia away, even with this monstrous dunk from DeAndre Jordan:

Nothing. Could stop. Serbia.

Milos Teodosic finished with 23 points, including a trio of three-pointers, at least two of which stemmed massive Team USA tides.

With 80 seconds left, Team USA led by three points. Serbia's Bogdan Bogdanovic had a wide-open, square-to-the-hoop look to tie the game with three seconds left. That's how close Serbia -- Serbia! -- was to forcing Team USA to overtime.

So, Team USA once again walked away with a win. But these Olympic qualifying rounds have proven to be a little more than just puff pastry tune-ups.

Honestly? I love it.

I'm usually bored out of my mind watching these preliminary games. I often don't make it past halftime. These close games are keeping me interested, and providing a sprinkling of schadenfreude every time they're playing a close game that even I, an American, can't help but love.

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To Golden State Warrior Fans, Kevin Durant Is The Real MVP

Kevin Durant shocked the NBA and left OKC today.

On a day that is supposed to be dedicated to sitting by your pool wearing your most patriotic bathing suit and looking for the best photo to throw on Instagram, Kevin Durant took all the attention away from fireworks and barbeques.

There was a lot of speculation about where the 2014 MVP would end up, but the majority of NBA fans probably had the feeling he'd stick with Oklahoma City. Unfortunately for Thunder nation, that was not the case. Durant decided to sign with Golden State, making him the newest de facto Splash Brother.

Following the newest trend that seems to be sweeping around high-profile athletes, Durant announced his decision in a post on The Players' Tribune called My Next Chapter. The point of the post was to basically say how tough the decision was, how much he loved Thunder fans. You know, the usual stuff.

In case you don't feel like reading the whole thing, a pretty poignant thing he wrote was this: "The primary mandate I had for making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player, as that has always steered me in the right direction." Apparently, he felt as though the team surrounding him this past season wasn't making him a better player.

KD is expected to sign a two-year deal worth $54.3 million, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. He would have a player option after the first year, but after what he's done to some fans during this ordeal, his best bet is to probably stay in Oakland.

As you can imagine, Thunder fans are already starting to come out of the woodwork and damn the player that was once their hero. Countless OKC followers have already posted videos on social media of them burning their Durant jerseys. It's pretty hilarious how quickly these people can turn to hate.

Notably, Durant's signing with the Warriors will make Steph Curry the fourth-highest paid player...on the team. Durant will be No. 1, followed by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Coming off a devastating seven-game loss to Cleveland in the NBA Finals, the Warriors are already the clear favorite to take it all next season. They broke an NBA record for single-season wins in 2016, and it isn't far off to think they can test that record come 2017.

Kevin Durant couldn't overcome the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals; so I guess, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.