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With 3-ball's dropping, Draymond is a 'totally different player' during Warriors' run

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With 3-ball's dropping, Draymond is a 'totally different player' during Warriors' run

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are among the most exquisite 3-point marksmen the NBA has ever seen, but none of them can keep up with Draymond Green.

At least for the moment.

This is a temporary condition, of course, but it’s a wave the Warriors rode with joy Monday night in a 97-80 suffocation of the Miami Heat, just as they did last Saturday in putting the Denver Nuggets to sleep.

Though the 6-foot-7 power forward is known mostly for his defense and playmaking skills, Green dropped in 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc against the Heat. That came two days after he drained 3-of-4 in Denver.

“He’s been on a nice little run,” coach Steve Kerr said.

Since going 5-of-23 from deep over the first seven games, Green has found his stroke, hitting 9-of-14 over the last four games -- coinciding with the Warriors having a four-game win streak -- to become the hottest bomber on the squad.

“When he’s knocking down that shot,” Durant said, “he makes us unstoppable as far as spreading the floor and having so many options.”

If Green’s 3-ball is falling, it creates a dilemma for opposing defenses. Do they stay with Curry, Durant and Thompson and hope Green cools off? Or do they go out and guard him, sometimes at the risk of giving his teammates room to work.

“It’s important because people are going to leave him open,” Kerr said. “That’s going to be their choice. They’re going to cover up everybody else and try to clog the lane and not let Steph, Klay and KD get going. He’s going to be open and he knows that. And when he makes people pay, he lets them know about it.”

Green cites his offseason work, much of it with personal shooting coach Travis Walton, for improving his 3-point shot. The five-year veteran is coming off a season during which he shot 30.8 percent beyond the arc, the lowest since his rookie year.

The results are starting to pour in.

“A lot of times early on, I found myself not being aggressive,” Green said of his first seven games. “Lately, I’ve been very aggressive on the offensive end, taking the shot when it’s there, and it’s been going for me.”

There will come a time when Green’s hot streak will wane and his sharpshooting teammates will carry the load from deep. For the moment, though, he’s enjoying and so are they.

“Those possessions that end with a Draymond 3 are a big boost for us because we know, more than likely, it was a solid possession, getting everybody involved,” Curry said. “And you like to see him get hyped up, too.”

Said Durant: “It’s pretty simple: When he’s making shots, he’s a totally, totally different player.”

Gilbert Arenas: Steph Curry is not a Top 5 point guard

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Gilbert Arenas: Steph Curry is not a Top 5 point guard

Calm down Warriors fans.

Gilbert Arenas is just looking to make headlines (and it worked).

On the most recent episode of his show "Out of Bounds," Arenas unveiled his Top 5 point guards in the NBA:

1) Chris Paul
2) LeBron James
3) John Wall
4) Damian Lillard
5) Ben Simmons

Just to be clear -- Arenas repeatedly harped on the definition of "point guard" and considers guys like Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook "combo guards" or "scorers."

But obviously, his list is silly and full of contradictions. For one -- Lillard is a "scorer" who is averaging 6.2 assists (Curry is averaging 6.5) and is shooting only 40 percent from the field this season.

"I can't put Curry as a Top 5 point guard," Arenas explained. "You know he hasn't actually led the Golden State Warriors in assists ... you're a guard, you're a scorer ... if I pass the ball to Klay Thompson 15 times ... that means I get six assists a game.

"Then you have KD on your team, pick-and-roll pass it back -- he's gonna make at least six of those. So the fact that you're not averaging 12 assists from just two of these guys, is a problem."

Note to Arenas: Curry led the Warriors in assists in five of his first six seasons.

The other two hosts -- Adam Caparell and Pierce Simpson -- constantly brought it to Arenas' attention that the modern NBA is different and positions are not nearly as defined as they once were.

But Arenas didn't really want to hear any of that.

In his dissection of Harden, Arenas made it very clear that he is not a fan of Harden's turnover numbers.

"If the guy throws 25 passes -- 13 made buckets and 13 turnovers -- he is not considered a great playmaker," Arenas declared. "Thirteen assists compared to his 5.5 turnovers. He's not even 2 to 1 guys. Come on. He's not even 2 to 1. If you're saying a great guard, yes. He's a great guard. Combo guard."

Two things:

1) 13 + 13 = 26
2) 13 to 5.5 actually is greater than 2 to 1. It's 2.36 to 1

Oh well.

Caparell's Top 5:

1) Russell Westbrook
2) Steph Curry
3) Kyrie Irving
4) Damian Lillard
5) James Harden

Simpson's Top 5:

1) James Harden
2) John Wall
3) Russell Westbrook
4) Steph Curry
5) Giannis Antetokounmpo

This was a big waste of time, wasn't it?

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

Klay 'active citizen in the community' Thompson discusses local TV hit

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Klay 'active citizen in the community' Thompson discusses local TV hit

The Warriors had an off day in New York on Monday.

So Klay Thompson hit the streets.

Why did he agree to take part in a local TV hit about scaffolding?

"I was walking and she asked me if I wanted to do an interview, and I said sure," Klay explained to reporters on Tuesday. "Interesting topic -- unfortunately, people got hurt. And it was cool to give my opinion and be an active citizen in the community."

Did she know who Klay was?

"No. It was great. It was nice," Klay answered. "The cameraman recognized me but she didn't ask my profession. Just what I thought about the situation, so I answered it truthfully. 

Don't ever change, Klay. Don't ever change.

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