“He’s done and experienced so much in the league, and he’s been really good as an older guy with all the younger guys in the league, as well,” Durant said. “I think he’s invested so much into basketball, especially physically, that it’s just time to walk away and pursue what’s next in his life. As a hooper from day one, I can appreciate that about D-Wade, especially battling him in the Finals and throughout my whole career. It’s good to see guys go out the way they want to.”
April 25, 2019 | 5:37 am EDT Update
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But the LA Clippers, who beat the Warriors 129-121 in Game 5 on Wednesday to extend their first-round series, took exception to being overlooked. “For us, our focus was to come in, extend the series and get another win on the home floor,” Clippers star reserve Lou Williams said after the win at Oracle Arena, which pushed the series to Game 6 on Friday in Los Angeles. “It’s their mistake for looking ahead. So that’s on them.”
Three days later, Thompson, slumped in the Oracle locker room, admitted that, yeah, that was maybe the improper mental approach with a series not yet extinguished. “Yup,” Thompson said, when asked if the team was looking too far ahead. “Started with me. I was. I thought we’d come out and win tonight. Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned.”