The Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 133-120 in a warped offensive explosion that left everyone other than Warriors defensive guru Ron Adams feeling entertained.
For the most part, the Warriors played badly on defense — until the moment they needed to deliver an inflection point. With Stephen Curry scoring 30 points, Klay Thompson also claiming 30 (24 in the second half) and Kevin Durant notching 29, defense can be optional. “You’re going to have games like that, where it’s just going to be a slugfest,” Durant said after the game. “Trade baskets at one point. They went on a couple runs. There’s going to be times where you’re going to try and come out and maybe try to outscore teams.”
Source: Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN