With the Warriors off Monday, Golden State teammates Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry joined ESPN’s Chris Berman for a chat about the Redskins-Panthers matchup on “Monday Night Countdown.” Durant, a D.C. native who loves the Redskins, and Curry, a lifelong Panthers fan who grew up in Charlotte, will be watching Monday’s game with interest, but neither player would share the details of their wager.
“We’ve got a little something on,” Curry said. “We can’t reveal exactly the stakes, but it’s always fun when two teams can kind of play on prime-time television and we’re looking forward to it.”
Berman asked Durant, who joined the Warriors as a free agent over the summer after eight seasons in Oklahoma City, what the Redskins need to do to keep rolling.
“We can’t turn the ball over for one,” Durant said. “We know this team is not in the playoff hunt — sorry Steph — but they’re looking to spoil our season. We’re trying to fight our way into the playoffs. I think last night, I want to say with the Bucs losing that kind of helped us out a bit [Editor’s Note: Accurate], but we’ve got to control the turnover battle, and obviously on defense we’ve got to control the front four, so it’ll be a fun game.”
Curry, who attended the Super Bowl as a VIP guest of the Panthers last February, said Carolina has experienced some bad luck in stumbling to 5-8 this season.
“They’ve been fighting hard all year,” Curry said. “There have been about five or six games, really, where it could’ve gone either way, and that’s the difference between being in the playoff hunt or not right now. I know those guys aren’t going to quit these last few games. They’re obviously building for next year. . . . Like KD said, you’ve got a chance to kind of spoil another team’s playoff chase. That’s a minor goal to play for, so I know they’re going to come out fighting.”
Meanwhile, the Warriors are off to a 24-4 start after setting a new NBA record for wins in a single season last season.
“We don’t want to fall in love with our record,” Curry said. “We obviously want to continue to learn while winning throughout the course of the season. We understand, we do self-checks all the time and communicate about where we are as a team. We know we can compete a lot, a lot better as we go through and look down the stretch to the playoffs.”
“Like Steph said, we want to play a good brand of basketball,” Durant said. “The record, obviously we want to win every game, but how you’re winning is more important to us, and we always self evaluate and try to get better every single day. It’s been fun, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
How the Redskins win Monday shouldn’t matter much to Durant, only that they win. With any luck, we’ll learn the stakes of his bet with Curry after the fact.