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Kevin Durant said that being a part of the gold-medal winning US Team at the 2016 Olympic Games was "therapy" for himself after making a big change in his life by joining the Warriors.

"I knew [a backlash] was coming," Durant said of his decision to form a super team in Golden State. "It was definitely different for me, but to come [to the Olympics] in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed." Durant also hinted that he may be interested in again suiting up for the US squad at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, as he'd like to pass up Carmelo Anthony as the top all-time scorer for Team USA Basketball.
Aug 23 - 4:56 PM

Kevin Durant was brilliant in Team USA’s 96-66 win over Serbia on Sunday, going 10-of-19 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 30 points.

Durant helped spark the US offense, and was one of the primary reasons why the US closed out the first half of action on a 40-15 run, as he seemingly easily put in 24 points by halftime. Durant also chipped in three boards, five triples, four assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action, and he’ll make for a fine top-3 selection on draft day. As a side note, this was KD's second straight gold medal performance with 30 points.
Aug 21 - 4:31 PM

Draymond Green played under two minutes during Friday's semifinals win vs. Spain, finishing scoreless with zero stats to his credit.

His inactivity was even more striking since DeMarcus Cousins fouled out in the third quarter, but Coach K tightened his rotation and gave the frontcourt minutes to DeAndre Jordan (27 minutes), Carmelo Anthony (25) and Kevin Durant (30). DeMar DeRozan and Harrison Barnes both picked up DNP-CDs, and are questionable to return to the rotation for the gold-medal game on Sunday.
Aug 19 - 4:28 PM

Klay Thompson was huge for the U.S. during Friday's semifinals victory, scoring a team-high 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

Thompson has struggled at times during the Olympics, but he's also been the team's savior in games vs. France and Spain. The U.S. continues to rely heavily on isolation play, which makes Klay's off-ball movement even more crucial for their offensive success. His starting gig resulted in another reserve role for Paul George, who had six points, six boards, two steals and one assist in 16 minutes.
Aug 19 - 4:27 PM

Cameron Jones has been invited to Golden State's training camp.

He actually attended the Warriors' camp in 2013, but has been playing overseas and in the D-League since they cut him. Jones' chances of making the 15-man roster are very slim.
Aug 19 - 12:49 PM

Xavier Henry took part in the Lakers free agent minicamp on Wednesday.

The Lakers waived Henry back in 2014, but the 25-year-old got another shot from the team on Wednesday. "I’ve been doing a lot of workouts this summer with a lot of different teams and getting feedback and seeing how I feel," he said. "I’ve been feeling really good. I’m feeling blessed that I can even play basketball again." While Henry could get a training camp invite, he isn't on the fantasy radar at the moment.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 18 - 9:26 AM

Kevin Durant keyed the U.S. to an easy 105-78 win vs. Argentina on Wednesday, finishing with a game-high 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including a 7-of-9 mark from downtown.

KD added seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, and his offensive splurge helped Team USA erase an early 10-point deficit. The comfortable margin of victory is a great sign for a U.S. team that's faced more adversity than expected during the playoffs, and they'll face another tough challenge vs. Spain in the semifinals.
Aug 17 - 7:31 PM

Phil Pressey will join the Warriors for training camp, according to David Pick.

Pressey finished the 2015-16 season in the D-League and will now attempt to hook on as a bench player with the Warriors. He could land himself a roster spot with a strong training camp, but Pressey won't have any fantasy value for the 2016-17 season if he's with the Warriors.
Aug 16 - 11:14 AM

Klay Thompson carried the US squad to a victory over Team France on Sunday, going off for 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting with seven 3-pointers, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes.

Through the first four games of the tournament Thompson had scored a total of 11 points, but Coach K remained confident in Klay and re-inserted him into the starting lineup, which obviously went well for Team USA. Kevin Durant was extremely efficient during his 30 minutes of action, going 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe on his way to 17 points, one triple, six boards, four assists, two steals and three turnovers. Harrison Barnes picked up a DNP-CD, and that trend could continue.
Aug 14 - 3:17 PM

Klay Thompson will move back into the starting lineup vs. France on Sunday, sending Paul George to the bench.

Thompson was benched for the entire second half of Team USA's close win over Serbia, so coach K probably just wants to get him going. Thompson is shooting just 15.4 percent from the field in Rio, so it will be interesting to see if he can finally get some shots to fall today.
Aug 14 - 1:18 PM

Kevin Durant made 2-of-4 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against Serbia on Friday.

He scored his first 10 points on just one attempt from the field. Durant has been more of a jump shooter lately, which is obviously fine for one of the best shooters in the NBA. He's easily the most talented player on Team USA right now.
Aug 12 - 8:18 PM

Klay Thompson made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with one rebound, three assists and one 3-pointer on Friday.

He's just not right. Maybe it's the international ball or something like that, but Thompson just can't hit open shots. He only played nine minutes during this game and likely won't be getting his starting job back. There's no need to panic long term here, but Kevin Durant's arrival should hurt Klay quite a bit in fantasy.
Aug 12 - 8:10 PM

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr admitted the Warriors changed their game plan in the playoffs to account for Stephen Curry's knee injury.

While Kerr said Curry's injury wasn't anything serious enough to consider shutting down the team's star, he did admit the Warriors did have to adjust their plans. "We made a few adjustments in terms of play-calling and actions that we tried to run," Kerr said. "But there's only so much of that you can do. It's still about flow and rhythm and pace. We tried a few different things - and let's not forget, he was phenomenal in a few games." While this is an interesting tidbit, it won't affect the reigning MVP's status as a top-5 pick in standard fantasy leagues for 2016-17.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 12:47 PM

Paul George started at shooting guard for Klay Thompson on Wednesday.

It's been a tough go for Klay in these Olympics, making just 1-of-11 from the field. He should still get minutes, but his playing time could dip to the low teens. George has been terrific off the bench so far.
Aug 10 - 6:05 PM

Klay Thompson missed all five shots from the field against Venezuela on Monday, adding two rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes.

He even had an airball in this game. Thompson also went 1-of-6 from the field on Saturday, so needless to say he's having a rough go in Rio. There's obviously nothing to worry about here, but it's fair to expect his shot total to drop next season with Kevin Durant in the mix.
Aug 8 - 8:13 PM


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