Russell Westbrook misses fifth straight triple-double, but Thunder get a win
Thunder fans greeted Durant with a level of hostility the National Basketball Association hasn't seen in many years, and the Warriors believe Oklahoma City should have done more to ease the tension before and during the game instead of remaining silent about his first return.
Golden State, which has won three straight, will look to the likes of Curry, who is averaging 25.0 points, 6.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds, along with Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala - to lead the way for the travellers. Kerr told reporters Monday morning that the Thunder are a first class organization and that he considers OKC general manager Sam Presti a friend.
The Warriors fear Durant, who's sidelined with a MCL injury he suffered earlier this month, will get a second bumpy reception despite not suiting up.
The Warriors felt Durant should have been acknowledged or thanked in a news conference setting for his time with the Thunder.
The Warriors' belief, according to sources, is that the Thunder's silence contributed to the raw emotions, outrage and indignation that created an unsettling, hostile atmosphere for a player many consider to be the franchise's all-time best.
The players might have rallied around Durant and embraced the taunts, but the organization was reportedly upset with the way the Thunder handled his return.
We are very appreciative of Kevin's contributions during the first eight years of the Thunder.
"We're getting it together, man", Westbrook said.
According to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, Durant will join the team in their two-game road trip that starts on Monday. I know (Thunder owner) Clay Bennett. We have great respect for them.