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“They Needed Some Drama”: Kevin Durant Blasts Media For Overblowing His Spat with Warriors’ Draymond Green

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"They Needed Some Drama": Kevin Durant Blasts Media For Overblowing His Spat with Warriors' Draymond Green

Kevin Durant made his move away from the Golden State Warriors a long time ago. KD chose to play for the Brooklyn Nets after the Warriors lost the 2019 NBA Finals in six games. Even though it’s been more than a year, everyone seems to be interested in learning more about the beef between Durant and Draymond Green. What does KD think about it? 

When Kevin Durant joined the Warriors in 2016, his move raised a few eyebrows. Nonetheless, he achieved what he came for and left the team when he felt like he should. KD came in like thunder and left like lightning. But his three years at Golden State was nothing short of controversial. 

Durant was often subjected to criticism by Golden State fans, which startled him. KD is an active social media user who likes to respond to hate messages directed towards him. Thus, one can say he had a hectic time responding to fans from the Bay Area. But, what was the gateway point that made Warriors fans develop a sense of dislike towards KD?

Well, remember his spat with Draymond Green? Durant thinks that sparked a shining light for the media to jump in on the issue and hold on to their backs for more. In a recent appearance on The Old Man and the Three podcast, Durant explained to JJ Redick how he thinks his 2018 spat with Green paved the way for the media to expose the flaws in the team. 

“With so many people just wanting to see — it felt like we were so perfect — they want to see something. They needed some drama around our team. That was their entry point,” Durant said.  

Did the Golden State Warriors play better after the infamous spat? 

One might think that the heated argument between Durant and Draymond Green might have created a rift in the team. But, two core players having a verbal argument actually helped the team perform better, as per KD. The Nets star has opened up about this incident before, but he’s never really revealed the aftermath of it and how it helped the team recoup their camaraderie.  

“Me and Draymond, we got better after that actually,” KD mentioned (via NBC Sports). “I felt like I was more locked into the team after that. I felt like he understood me more because we sat down and talked about that whole situation.”

To be accurate, their spat occurred in Golden State’s OT loss to the LA Clippers on Nov 12, 2018. Following that game, the Warriors registered a comfortable victory against the Hawks, but their momentum didn’t last. 

The Warriors then went on a 0-4 run in the league, which reignited talks about the harmony in the team. Golden State came into the season as reigning champs, but failed to defend their crown and succumbed to defeat against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA finals. 

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What’s next for Titans, Vikings after COVID-19 outbreak

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What’s next for Titans, Vikings after COVID-19 outbreak

Like MLB, the NFL eschewed a bubble. So, like MLB, an inevitable outbreak has hit the NFL.

The Tennessee Titans have closed their facility after eight team members (three players, five personnel) tested positive for COVID-19, the league announced Tuesday. A league source told ESPN that the Titans will not be allowed to re-enter their practice facility until Saturday, putting Sunday’s game against the Steelers in Nashville in jeopardy. Another source told ESPN that the league identified 48 people who had close contact with the eight people who tested positive.

Unlike MLB teams, which have the ability to make up games via doubleheaders and daily play, it is unclear how the NFL would handle a postponed game. Currently, though, the Steelers are planning on the game kicking off as scheduled.

“We have been in contact with the NFL regarding the positive COVID-19 tests with the Tennessee Titans,” the Steelers said in a statement. “We have been informed to proceed with our game preparations for Sunday’s game until we are informed otherwise.”

The Vikings, who played the Titans two days ago, have shut their facility, too, but have not had any confirmed cases. Minnesota will not return to their facility until all test results have been processed. They are scheduled to play the Texans in Houston in Week 4.

“Still waiting to find out if this impacts our ability to practice,” a Vikings source told Josina Anderson. “If so, it becomes longer meetings and film study. Lot of verbal walkthroughs. But I can’t speculate right now as to whether we’re at a competitive disadvantage or if the game should be canceled.”

NFL players who test positive for COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic are permitted to return 10 days after the initial test or after two consecutive negative tests in a five-day period. Team members with symptoms cannot return until at least 10 days after the symptoms first appeared and at least 72 hours after symptoms are no longer present.

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DraftKings Picks Week 4: NFL DFS lineup advice for daily fantasy football tournaments

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We’re heading into Week 4 of the fantasy football season, and it’s becoming easier to identify high-quality targets in NFL DFS lineups. The Week 3 slate was a solid one that saw only a few injuries, and there should be plenty of top-tier talent returning in short order. However, because of the unpredictability with injuries, there are plenty of good sleepers available. We’ll certainly be banking on favorable matchups and value prices in our Week 4 DraftKings lineup for GPP tournaments.

Once again, we’re targeting some of the league’s weaker defensive units against the pass to craft this lineup. The Cowboys and Seahawks are the worst in this area, so we’re targeting Browns and Dolphins for some solid value plays. That lets us spend up for a top-tier RB in a great matchup with the Lions and a defense taking on one of the weakest offenses in the NFL.

WEEK 4 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

As always, we’re targeting some stacks this week. We got weird with an RB-RB stack last week that didn’t work out, but that’s not scaring us away from a QB-WR-WR stack this week. We’re also playing two TEs in this lineup to help further differentiate our picks and get it to the cash line.

WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Without further ado, here’s a look at our DraftKings GPP lineup for Week 4, starting with a low-cost quarterback with a sky-high ceiling.

  • The Cowboys have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs this year at a mark of 25.6. Only the Seahawks (30) and Falcons (34.1) allow more. Mayfield is a good bottom-barrel bet at a sub-$6K price tag, especially given that he’s coming off back-to-back two-TD games against the Bengals and Washington, respectively. He could boom here, especially if the Browns are playing from behind and have to throw the ball.

  • The Lions have allowed the fourth-most rushing yardsat a mark of 439, and they allow the most yards per carry to RBs at 6.1 yards per pop. The Saints have been at their best when riding Kamara and their run game this season, so expect them to keep feeding the shifty back. Kamara is averaging 36.6 DK points per game, so he can be trusted to repeat that elite production in an excellent matchup.

  • Henderson has emerged as the lead back in the Rams’ backfield, and moving forward, he should see 20-plustouches per game as he did against the Bills. The Giants are solid against the run, but they have given up 180 receiving yards to RBs this year, and that’s good for sixth most in the NFL. Henderson could do some damage as a pass-catcher, as evidenced by his two catches for 40 yards in Week 2, and he has a high floor as an explosive rusher averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

  • We’re sticking with Metcalf in GPP play for another week. The Seahawks passing offense is simply too good to avoid, and Metcalf is slightly cheaper than Tyler Lockett. Metcalf had another four-catch game, his third of the season, and racked up 110 yards and a TD. It was his third game this season he’s had at least four catches, 92 yards, and a score, but he could’ve had a second TD had he not lazily pulled up before the end zone and lost the ball via a fumble. Metcalf has a high floor but also a high ceiling against a Dolphins defense that allows the 12th-most DK points to WRs.

  • With Baker Mayfield in tow, we want his top weapon to go with him. That would be OBJ. The star receiver has been maddeningly inconsistent with the Browns, but he is averaging 7.3 targets per game and 14.1 yards per reception. Sunday should be a good opportunity for him to break out against the Cowboys, as they allow 52.9 DK points per game to WRs, second only to the Seahawks (79.2).

  • The other major weapon in the Browns offense is Landry. He has had a rocky start to the year, averaging just four catches for 47.7 yards per game, but a matchup with the Cowboys’ weak defense could be just what he needs to break out of the funk. By having Mayfield, Beckham, and Landry in the same lineup, we give ourselves some good lineup differentiation that could boom if the Browns/Cowboys game is a shootout.

  • After joking that he only came out of retirement to block for Tom Brady, Gronk got in on the action in Week 3. He led the team in targets with seven and caught six of them for 48 yards. At just $3,600, Gronkowski is a good bet since Brady seems to be funneling him targets. With Chris Godwin (hamstring) likely out, Gronk could emerge as one of Brady’s preferred receivers and a potential red-zone threat. And even if he just catches a few passes, he’ll easily pay off this price tag.

  • We’re going with two TEs here, as we wanted to run it back against either the Seahawks’ weak secondary or the Browns’ defense since we’re projecting a high-scoring game. In the end, Gesicki was an affordable option and could end up paying off big time. Gesicki had a 30-point DK game in Week 2, catching eight passes for 130 yards and a TD against the Bills, and should have a chance to do damage against the Seahawks. The Seahawks have been good against TEs, but they may have trouble with Gesicki, as he’ll line up in the slot. Having two TEs gives up further lineup differentiation, which is never a bad thing.

  • The Ravens were just crushed by the Chiefs on Monday Night Football and gave up 34 points on defense. They’re going to be playing mad against a Washington team that just turned the ball over five times and is starting a very inexperienced quarterback in Dwayne Haskins. The Ravens may be the most expensive defense, but their ceiling is so high that this play should be worth it.

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Week 4 FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for daily fantasy football GPP tournaments

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One of my most consistent NFL typos is writing “goof” when saying Jared Goff’s last name, which makes sense if you think about the general public’s perception of Goff. But that hasn’t stopped me from including Goff in my Week 4 lineup picks for FanDuel tournaments. The Rams have a great matchup, so pairing Goff with his two top receivers makes plenty of sense in all daily fantasy football contests this week.

Around the Rams, we’ve stocked up on three strong running backs. While top RB ownership is never super low, that’s not a big concern in tournaments. Getting assured volume and production creates a solid floor that our stack and a couple value plays just have to pile on top of.

WEEK 4 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

FanDuel Picks Week 4: NFL DFS lineup for GPPs

QB Jared Goff, Rams vs. Giants ($7,500)

I get it — kind of. I get why people don’t like Goff, but he throws the ball a ton and has multiple talented receivers. So, a matchup with the Giants should see his ownership higher than it likely will be. It’s hard to find the downside in this opponent. 

RB Alvin Kamara, Saints @ Lions ($8,800)

I believe so wholeheartedly in Kamara following up his big Week 3 with another huge outing that he’s in both my cash and tournament lineups. There will be people fading Kamara this week in the hopes of picking a better tournament lineup, but the best backbone of a strong GPP play is a great RB performance, and Kamara should give us that.

WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

RB Kenyan Drake, Cardinals @ Panthers ($7,000)

Carolina can’t stop anyone on the ground, so, while Drake will look a bit too highly priced based off a couple of quieter weeks in a row, the matchup makes it a fair price for Drake. While others slot sleepers into this RB2 spot, we’ll ride Drake to what should be a bounce-back game.

WR Cooper Kupp, Rams vs. Giants ($7,200)

Kupp continues to be the biggest tease for me in making my DFS lineups. Every time I watch him I’m blown away by his talent, but then there are all these other guys on the Rams getting in the way to catch passes, too. No matter. He makes sense as a stack with Goff against a bad defense this week.

WR Robert Woods, Rams vs. Giants ($6,700)

At least it will be less annoying to watch Kupp catch fewer passes than he should if we play Woods, too. The Rams have been extra creative in getting Woods the ball this season over the middle of the field and on running plays, and nothing about New York’s defense will slow Woods down.

WR KhaDarel Hodge, Browns @ Cowboys ($4,500)

Hodge continues to play more than half of Cleveland’s snaps in the No. 3 WR role behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. That hasn’t brought on consistent production yet, but the Cowboys aren’t stopping any offenses so far. If the Browns want to keep up, this game will turn into a shootout, and Hodge has a good chance of finding the end zone for the first time this year. 

TE O.J. Howard, Buccaneers vs. Chargers ($4,800)

Howard made a ridiculous catch in Week 3 on a jump ball where he reached with one arm around a face-guarding defensive back to reel the pass in. If anything, that will gain Tom Brady’s trust even more. Howard is the most athletic — and at this stage in his career, the best — tight end Tampa Bay has, so his price working with Brady here is too cheap.

RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings @ Texans ($8,700)

Assuming the Vikings play, Cook remains one of the best bets to score a touchdown on this slate. In Week 3 he broke out the breakaway speed we hadn’t yet seen in the early going, so combining Cook in this lineup with Kamara and Drake is a great RB floor/ceiling combo.

DEF Buffalo Bills @ Raiders ($4,400)

The Bills’ defense has been a bit of a letdown this season, but its strength so far has been stopping the run, which means neutralizing Las Vegas’ top weapon, Josh Jacobs. At that point, slowing down Derek Carr shouldn’t be too difficult. 

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