Paul George 'untouchable' at trade deadline

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gives instructions to his team in the first half of an National Basketball Association game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

Paul George stepped up after Carmelo Anthony sprained his right ankle.

The Thunder have progressed to 30-24 after a rocky 8-12 start to the season, though they have lost four consecutive games, bringing them to 1-4 since starting shooting guard Andre Roberson went down for the season with a ruptured left patellar tendon. Now, it could potentially send out a patchwork lineup against the Lakers, who have won seven of 10 games, including a win against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Sunday.

With Paul George playing at the level that he did in IN now, the OKC Thunder will have a shot to go far in the Western Conference Playoffs if they can center their offense around him and Westbrook.

"It didn't feel like us, that's for sure", Kerr said.

"This isn't anything we haven't been through in the last 3 years". We're just not playing the way we normally do in terms of the ball movement, the pace and the spacing. "It's been a struggle".

Anthony did not return to Tuesday's win over the Warriors after suffering the injury during the first quarter. With a matchup between the Lakers and Thunder at the Staples Center set for Thursday, George spoke with Sam Amick of USA Today Sports about where he now stands on his upcoming career-altering decision. Josh Huestis earned his second start of the season after rookie Terrance Ferguson started the previous five. Simple math says the delta in points off turnovers (26 points) more than accounts for the margin of defeat in this game. Center Dwayne Dedmon makes $6 million this year and has a $6.3 million player option for next season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder were built to give the Golden State Warriors trouble. Backup C David West returned after missing a game for personal reasons.

Also his marksmanship has been displayed. He received a technical midway through the second quarter. Last year's team lost 3 games in a row against Boston, Minnesota, and San Antonio before reeling off 14 wins in a row to end the season.

It had been since April 18, 2012, against the Lakers that the Warriors never led in a home game.

"I'm a catch and shoot (player), like to play off the ball, and he's so great at attacking and getting in the paint and making guys like myself, making it easy for me".

"Well, they're very good defensively", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the loss. The first one that comes to mind is Avery Bradley, recently sent to the Clippers from Detroit in the Blake Griffin trade.

Such developments should disturb the Warriors far more than the repeated questions Durant fielded before the game about the Thunder.

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