Golden State Warriors win in Kevin Durant's first game since Feb. 28

Warriors: Golden State posted its 50th 30-assist game with 37, joining the 1984-85 Lakers as the only teams to do so in 50 games. Fans attend this type of game knowing they're gonna see a show and that's precisely what they got in the second half. Stephen Curry is averaging 25.3 points and 6.6 assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds.

It may not be enough time to fully assimilate Durant to the point Golden State are firing on all cylinders again like they were before he went down, but it at least starts the process before the games truly begin to matter.

Kevin Durant participated in a full practice session Friday and said he's "excited to go out there" and make his return after missing the last five weeks with a knee injury.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Warriors are now 14-point home favorites versus the Pelicans, who opened as 13-point underdogs. Jordan Crawford, aka Instant Grits, had 21 points, showing coherent decision making and shotmaking, per usual since his pick-up and Chieck Diallo had seven points and nine rebounds. Golden State goes where you're not looking. "Once you bounce back from getting knocked down, that's how you get more confidence that everything's all right". The return of their core four players gives them a starting five unmatched in the National Basketball Association (4 All-Stars!), and their bench has been playing very well of late (see last night's box score- Shaun Livingston had 14, Andre Iguodala had 15, JaVale McGee had 16, and Ian Clark had 17). Davis West can dish 'em, too, as we well know.

Well, Durant answered any and all questions on the very first play of the game with a baseline blow by finished off with a reverse slam. He was more concerned with the quality of the Warriors' play - and specifically, how the quality of Durant's play - than the result. His shot has never looked better - or more confident - as he's been striping the ball at more than a 60 percent clip for the last month while shooting over 41 percent on 3-pointers and 73 percent from the line. Making his return to the court for the first time since suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise in Washington on February 28, it was the flawless opportunity - moments into the game - to see just how ready Durant was. He made a few shots but generally was where he needed to be.

"I'm a basketball player". He was almost Brogdonian!

  • Stacy Allen