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Enes Kanter and the apple of New York’s eye, Kevin Durant exchanged words when the New York Knicks take on the Golden State Warriors.

There is one story that hangs over the matchup between the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors on Friday: Kevin Durant’s looming free agency. Billboards went up to sway him, the crowd gave him a warm welcome, and the Knicks are expected to pursue a major free agent this offseason.

It’s a natural storyline, but the fans seem to be the only ones in on the recruiting effort. Enes Kanter exchanged words with his former teammate.

Talking trash is nothing new in the NBA and this doesn’t mean much in the long run. It’s always fun to see two guys go at it like that. It’s just funny to see Kanter and Durant talking trash juxtaposed with the Madison Square Garden crowd give Durant a very warm welcome.

Durant and his Warriors usually get the last laugh in these situations, but the Knicks are going to try their best to make it close. The team finished the first half off on a 13-2 run to knot the game at 53-53. This season is a transitional year for New York, but it’s nice to see them show some fight against the better teams in the league. They took Boston down to the wire in an earlier matchup this season.

Furthermore, it’s great that David Fizdale can use this year to experiment with lineup groupings, matchups, and moving guys around into different roles. Frank Ntilikina is handling a majority of the minutes at point guard and he is looking as confident as he ever has been.

It always feels like the Warriors are one avalanche of scoring away from running away with a victory. The Knicks are withstanding the pressure for now and that’s progress.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.