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Omri Casspi told Kevin Durant he was holding him back after MVP chants from Warriors fans

David West, Omri Casspi

Omri Casspi got a taste of a frenzied Golden State Warriors home crowd at Oracle Arena, seizing the opportunity to see some minutes on the floor due to the absence of starter Kevin Durant.

The Israeli international enjoyed a season-best all-around the board, tallying 13 points, three rebounds, two steals, an assist, and a career-high three blocks in a 20-minute outing.

A nifty cutter and witty opportunist, Casspi dazzled with his play late in the fourth quarter, including a three-point play that saw him get showered with love from Warriors faithful chanting MVP through his great run.

“I went to KD at the end in the locker room, I said ‘KD you’re holding me back, bro. They called every bit for me, man,'” Casspi said jokingly after a 125-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. “It was just funny.”

“I missed the free throw at the end of that, I couldn’t focus. I was just fun, man.”

The short-handed Warriors struggled to get out of the gate, playing a close affair through the first half, but finally solving the Tom Thibodeau puzzle in the third quarter, where the Wolves let open the flood gates as Golden State exploded for a 44-point quarter.

Casspi’s addition to the team has proven worthwhile as a two-way wing and the depth of this team, as always, can factor in late in the postseason when bodies are tired and contributions are needed at a crucial time.