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Kerr: Draymond 'was an absolute monster; exactly where he needs to be'

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Kerr: Draymond 'was an absolute monster; exactly where he needs to be'

Draymond Green only scored two points against the Pistons last Friday night.

He went 0-for-5 from 3-point territory.

But the reigning Defensive Player of Year dished out 13 assists to go along with 6 rebounds, 6 blocks (tied a career high) and 3 steals.

"He was brilliant," Steve Kerr told reporters after practice on Sunday. "Offensively, he was very good -- 13 assists ... but defensively he was an absolute monster.

"He was phenomenal."

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Draymond's statistics the first seven games of the season: 7.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 4.0 turnovers, 1.0 blocks, 0.9 steals, 36.4 percent shooting, 21.7 percent from deep.

Draymond's statistics the last 18 games: 11.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.2 turnovers, 1.8 steals, 1.6 blocks, 47.7 percent shooting, 36.8 percent from deep.

"We played the Clippers. From that point on I think he's been much more under control and locked in," Kerr said of Draymond. "I thought the first seven games he was a little scattered emotionally. I thought he was too emotional ... this last road trip, that's when he really put it all together with the intensity defensively and the composure.

"To me, right now, he's exactly where he needs to be."

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

With Curry out, Kerr emphasizes 'what KD and Klay need to pay attention to'

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With Curry out, Kerr emphasizes 'what KD and Klay need to pay attention to'

For the Warriors, life without Steph Curry (for a couple of weeks that is) begins on Wednesday night in Charlotte.

Following shootaround, Steve Kerr talked to reporters about what Golden State needs to focus on while the two-time MVP is sidelined.

"We don't need KD and Klay to shoot every time," Kerr began. "That's gonna be the word: 'Now it's time for Klay and KD to step up.' But we don't need them to step up by shooting every time. We need them to step up with leadership and calming influences. And make sure we're executing our stuff really well.

"We're the best transition team in the league. Our halfcourt offense sometimes is lacking because we rely too much on our talent and we don't maybe pay attention. We gotta pay attention. This has to grab our attention as a team.

"And that's where we can make the most improvement anyway -- whether Steph is here or not -- is our halfcourt execution; our attention to detail. That's what KD and Klay need to pay attention to, not 'I'm gonna get 40 to make up for Steph's absence.'" 

The Warriors lead the NBA by a wide margin in fastbreak points per game -- 22.9.

The Lakers are No. 2 at 15.3.

Curry averages 6.6 assists per game (tied for the ninth in the NBA), which is not a massive number (Draymond Green leads the Warriors with 7.1 assists per game).

But he strikes fear in defenses and his gravity creates countless open shots for his teammates. This is why he leads the league in secondary assists (1.7 per game).

Playing without him will definitely be an adjustment.

"What makes our team special is not having an MVP or two MVPs. It's having a team of playmakers," Kerr told reporters. "I want Shaun involved, I want Andre involved, I want David West playing on the block. And KD and Klay can foster all of that by moving the ball and cutting and screening and then everything will come out in the wash and we'll play well.

"But we can't get into iso situations and just think that just because we have a lot of talent, iso stuff will bail us out. We gotta work."

According to NBA.com, only 6.0 percent of the Warriors' possessions have been "isolation" plays -- the seventh lowest mark in the league.

Golden State leads the league in "off screen" plays (12.2) and "cut" plays (12.7 percent).

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

Quinn Cook rejoins Warriors from Santa Cruz

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Quinn Cook rejoins Warriors from Santa Cruz

Quinn Cook is in Charlotte and will be available to play tonight when the Warriors take on the Hornets.

Cook -- who is on a two-way contract -- has appeared in three games this season with Golden State.

Over 10 games for the Santa Cruz Warriors, the 24-year old is averaging 25.2 points, 8.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds, while shooting just under 50 percent from the field and over 41 percent from deep.

Steph Curry is sidelined with a sprained ankle and Pat McCaw won't suit up vs Charlotte because of a nose contusion.

"Especially with Patrick not playing tonight, we'll play Quinn," Steve Kerr told reporters after shootaround.

Santa Cruz plays on Thursday and Sunday in Texas against the Austin Spurs.

Golden State plays again on Friday in Detroit, and then back at home on Monday against the Blazers.

It's possible that Cook bounces back-and-forth over the next couple of weeks.

"Quinn is a steady point guard ... can shoot the midrange, can shoot the 3," Kevin Durant said on Wednesday. "Just a crafty point guard. Uses his body a lot to manipulate the pick-and-roll. And with that size, he can get into the paint and cause some havoc.

"Once he gets into the paint, everybody collapses. He does a great job at kicking out."

If you want to know more about the relationship between Durant and Cook, read this:

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