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Draymond critical of his defense this year, 'it's a tough adjustment'

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Draymond critical of his defense this year, 'it's a tough adjustment'

Through 39 games this season, Draymond Green is averaging 11.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

He is shooting 45.4 percent overall and 30.5 percent from deep.

"I think I've been pretty good playing through the injury," Draymond told reporters after practice on Friday. "Could be a lot better but you go through what you go through and you deal with it ... I'm very critical of myself so I think there are a lot of areas I can be better at."

Last season, the Warriors' defensive rating when Draymond was on the floor was 99.3.

This season, the Warriors' defensive rating when Draymond is on the floor is 101.3.

Last season, Draymond contested 13.7 shots per game -- 5th most in the NBA.

This season, Draymond is contesting 10.8 shots per game -- 17th most in the NBA.

Last season, Draymond averaged 3.9 deflections per game -- tied for the second most.

This season, Draymond is averaging 2.7 deflections per game -- tied for 22nd most.

"I think I kind of caused a little more confusion on the defensive end last year than I have this year -- for other teams," Draymond said. "I've been OK. I don't think I've been great...

"They can't really study me. I think it's more just people are spreading out the floor so much that so you gotta be conscious of when you're helping ... the one thing I've tried to focus on is being better covering 3-point shooters. Doing that, you can't help as much."

Is that a tough adjustment?

"Yeah, because I love going to help. It's a natural instinct," Draymond said. "It's a tough adjustment, but it something that I'm aware of."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Klay the runner-up in three-point contest...again

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Klay the runner-up in three-point contest...again

For the second straight year, Klay Thompson came close to winning the three-point contest at NBA All-Star weekend. 

For the second straight year, Klay Thompson fell just short. 

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker bested Thompson 28-25 in the championship round of the league's signature sharpshooting event. Booker's 28 points were the most by a winner since the NBA introduced a full 'moneyball' rack -- with each shot worth two points -- in 2014.

Thompson paced the group with 19 points in the first round to advance to the finals. Booker and Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris finished right behind him with 17 and 18, respectively, to finish out the championship round. 

2018 marked Thompson's fourth consecutive appearance in the contest, and his third in the finals. He won the event 2016. 

Durant blames himself for relationship with Westbrook, 'I f---ed that up'

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Durant blames himself for relationship with Westbrook, 'I f---ed that up'

When you get them in the same building, all eyes are on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Everyone already knows the background, we're not going there. 

The two are no longer teammates, but for one weekend they have been again for the last two years in the NBA All-Star Game. To no surprise, Durant was asked about his current relationship with Westbrook. His answer went deeper than he's given in the past two years. 

When asked about how his relationship with Westbrook has progressed, Durant said, "Well I just got outta my own head, got out of my own ways and stopped thinking it was even a thing. I feel like I f---ed that up. I feel like I made it a thing when it a thing when it shouldn't have been.

"It's cool to kind of get past that and just appreciate these guys for who they are and what they do. And it's all love at the end of the day." 

Westbrook was also asked about how he and Durant have interacted so far during All-Star weekend. 

"Communicatin', that's about it. All the other stuff is kind of irrelevant. Just keeping it cool, talking when we need to and just moving forward."