Westbrook to miss opener vs. Warriors


"I think realistically the only team that can beat (the Warriors) is the Boston Celtics".

Westbrook, who turns 30 in November, has missed just four games total over the last three seasons. "I already know what this organization is about". While the Rockets pushed the Warriors to seven games a year ago would've made for an entertaining match, the story lines between the Dubs and Thunder offered much more meat to gnaw on.

Stephen Curry is coming off an injury-plagued season and a summer he thought might be among his best yet. Team officials insist Durant getting the final call was not a recruiting tactic but a decision to rotate the players. With only one contest in the books, Durant said he's already had it with free-agency questions.

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"I just want people to focus on basketball", Durant said. On the other end of the court, Abdel Nader, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Deonte Burton, Tyler Davis and Hamidou Diallo went through two-on-two drills. I know it's hard to keep up with it. "But wait until the season is over with to analyze [free agency]", Durant said of the media in an exclusive interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. I know it's your job and it's hard to say that, but try to shift some of your focus to the court, too. Don't ask me every time you see me. Every city I go to?

"It was 50-50 on deciding whether I wanted to come back home or if it was smarter to be in the situation I am in now", George told The Undefeated. I understand your job, but let's come to a little agreement.

"Going toward the summer and going toward free agency, I kind of had my mind made up talking with the team, talking with Russ and talking with the front-office", George said.