Draymond closes out Warriors' win with 'double slap in the face' to Hawks

Draymond closes out Warriors' win with 'double slap in the face' to Hawks

UPDATE (Tuesday at 1:15pm) -- Both of Draymond Green's defense stops in the last minute on Monday's win over the Hawks were ruled correct non-calls according to the NBA's Last Two Minute Report, which was released Tuesday afternoon.

00:44.2 -- Correct Non-Call
Green (GSW) cleanly blocks the driving shot attempt by Schroder (ATL).

00:17.0 -- Correct Non-Call
Green (GSW) maintains a legal guarding position and cleanly blocks the driving shot attempt by Bazemore (ATL)


OAKLAND – How to preserve victory with two fabulous plays, by Draymond Green.

It’s not a book, nor is it a movie. It’s a splendid documentary on defensive basketball that resulted in the Warriors posting a 105-100 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at Oracle Arena.

Though the Warriors practically owned the fourth quarter, the Hawks kept fighting back. With The Warriors up seven and 9:34 left, the Hawks cut it to two with 6:15 to play. With the Warriors up eight with three minutes remaining, the Hawks cut it to three with 1:34 on the clock.

“He’s really after something, and I think he’s starting to prove himself,” forward Andre Iguodala said of Green. “And that’s Defensive Player of the Year. And it really showed with those two amazing stops down the stretch, especially against guards he picked up on the perimeter.”

Green is, at 6-foot-7, an undersized power forward. He’ll gladly defend point guards, shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards and centers. On this night, it was the guards that were squelched.

With the Warriors up four, 100-104, and 56 seconds left, the Hawks called timeout. Dennis Schroder, the quicksilver point guard who had lit up the Warriors for 24 points, came off a screen and the only thing between him and the basket was Green.

The 6-foot-1 Schroder, using his speed, drove left thinking he had an angle, only to have Green track him to the rim, ultimately wiping away his shot and somehow get the ball to come off Schroder and go out of bounds.

Warriors ball, 43.4 seconds remaining.

The Hawks got one more chance, with 19.4 seconds remaining. They went after Green, this time with the rangier Kent Bazemore, who attacked the rim – and Green’s paint presence – only to have his feelings hurt, too. Rejected, too, bouncing off the Hawks’ shooter.

“I love those – it’s like a double slap in the face,” Green said of the rejections resulting in Warriors possessions.

“That was amazing,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a sequence like that from one guy.”

Warriors ball, this time with 15.8 seconds remaining, the score still 104-100.

Stephen Curry dropped in a free throw to close out the scoring, but Green’s defense had closed out the game.

“His ability to guard multiple positions is why he is a very special defender,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said of Green. “Could we had maybe moved the ball and attacked a different spot from a different place? That’s possible. But Dennis is in attack mode. KB is in attack mode. It just didn’t quite work out for them.”

It's official -- Steph Curry will return vs Hawks, Dennis Schroder awaits him


It's official -- Steph Curry will return vs Hawks, Dennis Schroder awaits him

OAKLAND -- At a time when the Warriors could use a boost, they’ll get Friday night when Stephen Curry rejoins the lineup as they face the Atlanta Hawks.

The Warriors (53-18) have been shorthanded for two weeks, and still they’ll be without three of their four All-Stars. Curry’s return after a six-game absence, however, will send a jolt of energy through the team and the crowd at Oracle Arena.

The Hawks (21-51), in full rebuild mode, have lost 10 of 13 since the All-Star break, including a 105-90 loss to the Kings on Thursday night in Sacramento before the lightest NBA crowd of the season due to protests in the wake of a police shooting.


Warriors by 9


Stephen Curry vs. Dennis Schroder: Under normal circumstances, this is worthy of attention, but it’s particularly intriguing with Curry making his return. Schroder, who rested Thursday night, is a defensive pest, the type of player whose presence lights a fire under opponents. Not that Curry needs it. He’s downright anxious to get back on the court.


Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain) is listed as questionable. F Kevin Durant (R rib cartilage injury), F Draymond Green (pelvic contusion) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) are listed as out.

Hawks: G Kent Bazemore (R knee bone bruise), F De’Andre Bembry (abdominal strain), G Antonious Cleveland (L ankle surgery rehab), F/C John Collins (L ankle sprain), G Malcolm Delaney (L ankle sprain) and G Jaylen Morris (L ankle sprain) are listed as out.


Warriors: 6-4. Hawks: 2-8.


Sean Wright (crew chief), Kevin Cutler, Rodney Mott


The Warriors prevailed in the first of two meetings this season, 114-109 on March 2 in Atlanta. They swept the two-game series last season and are 6-1 against the Hawks in the Steve Kerr era.


DEFENSIVE INTENSITY: Green’s absence robs the Warriors of their best defender and emotional leader. How do they compensate? That’s going to be tough. Expect Jordan Bell (who will start) and Kevon Looney to handle most of the minutes at PF. They’re capable and willing defenders, but neither has Green’s savvy.

THE GIFTS: Though the Warriors, even without a full roster, are much the better team, those circumstances have guaranteed nothing this season. They have a tendency to keep games close by committing costly turnovers. The Hawks are second in forcing turnovers (15.5 per game) and third in points off turnovers (18.2).

THE GUARDS: Curry’s return gives the Warriors a fourth guard, with three PGs (Quinn Cook, Shaun Livingston, Curry) and SG Nick Young. Because Curry and Quinn Cook are capable of playing off the ball, there will be several variations. Any two can be paired as a duo. The coaching staff gets to satisfy its desire to experiment.

Former agent Christian Dawkins to blame? Jordan Bell knows 'exactly what happened'


Former agent Christian Dawkins to blame? Jordan Bell knows 'exactly what happened'

So here's a story for you:

At 9:25pm on April 16, 2017, The Vertical's Shams Charania sent out the following tweet:

This angered Jordan Bell, who soon thereafter tweeted twice:

So what actually went down? It turns out that former agent Christian Dawkins -- who is a key figure in the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball -- may have been responsible.

Bell explained everything to Logan Murdock on the Planet Dubs Podcast.

"I was mad ... I know exactly what happened. One of the agents I met with -- the one who got in trouble. What's his name? Dawkins or whatever. Something like that. When I met with him, he was throwing me shade -- he acted like he didn't know who I was. 

"We had dinner and he's on his phone like not really paying me attention. I'm like, 'Why am I meeting with you?  You're wasting my time.' ... I kid you not, he didn't read over his (research). It had all of the top power forwards, big guys in the draft. And he was like, 'Let's just look at this.'

"And he's looking at it, and he was like, 'Oh! You're Top 3 in everything!' And he started getting excited and I was like, 'I'm cool. I'm done with this meeting.'"

Bell then explained how one of his coaches at Oregon tried to teach Bell a lesson.

The coach wanted Bell to "be a man" and contact all of the agents that he was for sure not going to sign with to let them know.

Bell didn't want to do that because he wanted to announce he was declaring for the draft on his own terms, without any information potentially leaking to the media.

But the Warriors rookie took the coach's advice and texted Dawkins to say he was going in a different direction.

"And I kid you not, like an hour later, I get an (alert) -- I'm upstairs at my coach's house -- 'I hear Jordan Bell declares for (the draft)' and I just started screaming...

"... I feel like I have to go (to the NBA) now ... when that happened, I was like, 'I really want to go back now just to prove him wrong, just to make him lose all credibility."

Bell quickly came to his senses, and at 10am on April 18, 2017, he retweeted the following message:

Interestingly -- the last line of The Vertical's story that broke the news regarding Bell reads:

Bell is projected to be the No. 38 overall pick in The Vertical’s latest mock draft by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.

The Warriors paid the Bulls $3.5 million for the rights to Bell at... No. 38 overall.

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