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Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

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Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

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Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

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

Sources: On eve of NBA Finals, Kerr still undecided on Game 1 status

Sources: On eve of NBA Finals, Kerr still undecided on Game 1 status

OAKLAND -- Less than 24 hours before tipoff of the NBA Finals, Steve Kerr was still pondering whether he’s up to returning to the bench to coach the Warriors in Game 1 and beyond, multiple sources told NBCSportsBayArea.com Wednesday night.

Though Kerr has felt good enough to address the team before, during and after games, while also increasing his participation during practices, he is not expected to decide on his role before Thursday, in the hours before Game 1.

Acting coach Mike Brown said Wednesday afternoon that until he heard otherwise from Kerr that he expected to arrive at Oracle Arena Thursday night in the same role he has served since Kerr stepped down April 23.

“Well, he does seem like he's getting better,” Brown said during Media Day. “But I'm going to keep coaching until he says he can or can't do it. But he hasn't told me either way right now.”

Two sources close to Brown indicated nothing had changed Wednesday night.

The Warriors are 12-0 so far this postseason, during which Kerr coached the first two games and Brown the last 10. Kerr did not attend Game 3 of the first-round series against Portland but joined the team at Moda Center for Game 4 before missing the entire second-round series against Utah.

Though Kerr was with the team throughout its four-game sweep of San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals, he remained in the locker room for all four games.

That’s the likely scenario for Game 1 of The Finals -- unless Kerr decides on game day that he’s ready to resume full-time responsibilities.

Warriors' Brown still waiting on $100 he won from Cavs head coach

Warriors' Brown still waiting on $100 he won from Cavs head coach

OAKLAND — Mike Brown is ready for Tyronn Lue to pay up on a nearly two-decade-old bet. Yep, Lue owes him $100 and Brown plans to accept it at long last — perhaps even during the NBA Finals when they see each other.

All this time Brown never wanted the money he earned by beating Lue in a shooting contest when the Cavaliers coach was an NBA newcomer, yet Golden State's acting coach — who spent two stints leading Cleveland — joked how Lue can surely afford it these days.

"I'm glad he finally admitted that he owes me money because for many years he wouldn't admit that he owed me money. He does owe me $100 and since he got his new deal hopefully he can afford to pay me now," Brown said Saturday post-practice. "I asked him many time for it but he's denied it. He's denied that the game ever took place."

Lue insists he has tried to pay up — time and time again, to no avail.

"Mike, I owe him $100 from when I was a rookie. That's all I ever know about Mike," Lue said Saturday. "I tried to pay him and he wouldn't take the money so he says I always owe him. He's always been a great guy."

The 40-year-old Lue was rewarded with a contract extension after the Cavs' championship run last June for the city's first major sports title in 52 years. Cleveland overcame a 3-1 Finals deficit to the Warriors, and now the teams are preparing to face off for a third straight year.

"I think what it has to do with, it has to do with the fact he's got a nice, long, fat contract with the Cavs and he realizes that he can finally afford to pay me the money that he owes me for the shooting game back in 2000 or whenever it was," Brown said with a grin.

Brown acknowledged he cannot recall any other details such as how many shots each man made, saying: "I don't even remember, that was back when I was in shape and a good shooter. He'd kill me now"

"Yeah, he was with the Spurs and I was with the Lakers and we had a little shooting contest and I lost," Lue said. "He wouldn't take the money so from now on 19 years in a row always says, 'You owe me $100.' He won't take the money. Always been close to Mike and I like Mike a lot, respect him a lot."