How Warriors handled Drake’s trash talk in win over Raptors


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TORONTO – The moment Warriors forward Kevin Durant missed a one-handed dunk, he did not just feel the scorn from thousands of Raptors fans jeering at him. Durant had to hear from one particularly vocal fan sitting courtside. The person was Drake, the hip-hop artist that considers himself a devoted Raptors fan.

“I hated missing that one,” Durant said following the Warriors’ 127-125 victory over the Raptors on Saturday. “I had to ignore him. I heard him talking some trash too on the sideline.”

Therefore, Durant immediately shut Drake up with a two-handed dunk on the next possession. Warriors guard Stephen Curry experienced something similar when he missed two foul shots as the Warriors nursed a 123-122 lead with 45.2 seconds left. In between jeers, Curry then made a pair of free-throws for a 127-125 with 2.5 seconds left.

“I don’t pay it no mind,” Curry said of Drake’s trash talk. “You got to knock those down.”

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Despite Drake’s allegiance to the Raptors, he apparently has a soft spot for the Warriors. Drake recently tattooed the numbers for both Curry (No. 30) and Durant (No. 35). Curry said “next question” about what he thought about that. Durant said he told Drake, “I’m not talking about no other man’s tattoos.” And Green dismissed an inquiry on if he felt slighted.

“Why would I take that personally that another man got someone tattooed on?” Green said.

Durant sounded just as incredulous for Drake’s role in making the Raptors a tough opponent.

“Don’t give Drake that much credit. He’s not the reason it was fun out there tonight,” Durant said. “But he does bring a different element to the game as someone that was so close to the organization and city.”

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“Never too much”

Stern speeches and friendly reminders apparently does little in helping Green avoid picking up any technical fouls. Instead, Green may have found a different solution.

Leading up to the Warriors’ win over Toronto on Saturday, Green took what he called a “nice, long bath” while listening to R&B artist Luther Vandross.

“Listening to that music put a huge smile on my face,” Green said. “It put me in a great mood.”

Green said he felt the same way even when he disagreed with calls.

“It put me in a good place today. There were times I wanted to get a tech out there, but I thought about the music I was listening to,” Green said. “It was good.”

Lending perspective

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has sympathy for Charlotte coach Steve Clifford going health issues stemmed from work-related stress. Kerr’s issues with his back pain stem from something else, though.

“I can’t relate to that one bit. My health is strictly related to a surgery gone bad,” Kerr said. “I love my job. I …read more

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