• Golden State coach Steve Kerr broke a clipboard and his Warriors lost consecutive games for the first time in 146 consecutive games, dating to April 9, 2015, Thursday at Chicago.
Kerr has called that streak probably the most impressive thing about the Warriors’ play these last three seasons. Its end came without injured superstar Kevin Durant part of one game and all of the other.
Coincidence? “Without Kevin Durant, they’ve got zero chance of winning a championship,” TNT analyst Charles Barkley said. “Without Kevin Durant, I don’t think they get out of the Western Conference.”
• Wolves veteran guard Brandon Rush still likes his former Golden State team in the playoffs, even though rival Cleveland has signed veteran free agents Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut without giving back a thing and Durant is out injured for at least a month because of an injured knee.
“As long as [Durant] can get in a couple games before the playoffs, they’ll be fine,” Rush said.
• You find them all over YouTube: Compilations of Wolves young star Andrew Wiggins’ greatest-hit dunks over some of the NBA’s biggest big men. There’s footage of him dunking in Utah center Rudy Gobert’s face and over or past Golden State’s JaVale McGee, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Denver’s Nikola Jokic. But he says he never goes online to admire them.
“No, I see it when I see it,” he said. “Sometimes someone might show it or if I’m scrolling down my Instagram, I might see something. But I’ll never go out of my way to look for it.”