Curry, Kerr speak on Warriors' issues as Green sits again

Curry and Green went down with injuries during the recent dry spell, but the biggest setback was self-inflicted. Green and Durant had a blowup at the close of regulation in a 121-116 overtime loss to the LA Clippers last Monday. Green’s tirades on the bench and in the postgame locker room led the team to hand the seventh-year forward a one-game suspension.

The flare-up and the Warriors’ inability to move past it spiritually has confounded Kerr.

The Spurs sent the Warriors to their third straight loss on Sunday.

“Just play with joy. It’s always been about just our emotion,” Durant said, describing how Kerr has encouraged his club. “He’s always been big about that. He’s just trying to get that joy back.”

There wasn’t much joy to be found in San Antonio.

DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and nine assists and Rudy Gay added 19 points to help the Spurs

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Pelicans' Payton to have surgery on finger, out six weeks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say guard Elfrid Payton is scheduled for surgery to repair a fractured finger on his left hand and that his recovery is expected to take about six weeks.

Payton was injured during last Friday night’s victory over the New York Knicks, which was also his first game back in the lineup after sitting out nine contests with a sprained ankle.

Payton has played in just six of the Pelicans’ 16 games this season, averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 assists. He has played more than 15 minutes in only four games, scoring in double figures each time.

The update on Payton’s status came as the Pelicans prepared to host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

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Warriors trying to keep perspective after dramatic week

Nov 19, 2018

SAN ANTONIO — Kevin Durant and Draymond Green sat just a locker stall away from each other on the Golden State Warriors‘ Texas trip from hell. A few days after an emotional blowup in Los Angeles that caught the entire league’s attention and caused many to speculate about their futures, there the All-Star teammates were prior to Sunday night’s latest setback, doing exactly what the basketball world thought they would be doing.

Well, not exactly.

Instead of the iciness many predicted following the ugly episode on Monday, Durant and Green found themselves having the same conversation that many sports fans were having all across the country: They were discussing Alex Smith’s gruesome leg injury during Sunday’s game between the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. Durant, an ardent Redskins fan who wears the team’s hat during many of his postgame news conferences, and Green were just

Washington Wizards' Dwight Howard aggravates glute injury

WASHHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard has aggravated a gluteal injury that kept him out of the first seven games of the season.

Howard aggravated the injury in the second quarter of Sunday night’s 119-109 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Howard, who was averaging 14.1 points and 10 rebounds in his first eight games, was declared out at halftime after playing just seven minutes, scoring two points and picking up three fouls.

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Brad Stevens says Celtics need 'tougher' mindset

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens and All-Star Kyrie Irving expressed frustrations with the team after they fell to 9-7 on the season with Saturday night’s 98-86 loss to the Utah Jazz.

“We have to build a tougher team mindset than we have,” Stevens said. “We just don’t have that mindset yet that we need.”

“I think last year, the young guys that are in the locker room now, some of the guys that are playing, they were a little bit younger,” said Irving after he scored 20 points in the loss to Utah. “They weren’t expected to do as much, and I think that the amount of pressure that we put on them to perform every single night is something that they have to get used to, being part of a great team like this.”

Jayson Tatum, one of the Celtics’ young stars, finished the game with 10 points. But no other player besides him

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