Draymond takes exception to comparison between Warriors, Cavs sweeps

Draymond takes exception to comparison between Warriors, Cavs sweeps

SALT LAKE CITY -- As much as the Warriors think about getting another chance at the Cavaliers, and most assuredly they do, they’d rather not hear about them.

But when Draymond Green on Monday morning implied, eight hours before the Warriors finished off a sweep of the Utah Jazz, that Cleveland’s two series sweeps have been “boring,” it invited elaboration.

In the wake of victory Monday night, as he shared the podium with teammate Kevin Durant, Green was asked about the Cavaliers.

The response started tumbling out before the question was completed.

Durant, with a slight grin, pretended to snore into the microphone.

Green grinned but couldn’t help but speak up, sort of.

“Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah,” he uttered.

Though both the Warriors and the Cavaliers have waltzed through the first two rounds, Green is of the belief that Cleveland has had the easier path.

The Cavs swept the Pacers in the first round, winning games by an average of only four points. They then swept the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals, winning by an average of 15.2 points.

Green clearly didn’t think much of what Indiana and Toronto put on the floor.

The Warriors, meanwhile, have won eight in a row against Portland and Utah, with all but one of the wins by double digits.

“That’s not boring,” Green said of the series with the Jazz. “This team continued to fight. The way this team has fought throughout this entire series, it was good basketball. They continued to execute their offense, then continued to compete on the defensive end. That was just my opinion. I don’t expect everybody’s opinion to be the same as mine.

“Cleveland has been playing great basketball. When you watch them, it‘s been amazing. And then you watch the other teams they’re playing against . . . not so much. That’s just my opinion, though. But . . . whatever. Who cares?”


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”