Kerr, Draymond ticked about tech vs Jazz: 'It makes no sense'

Kerr, Draymond ticked about tech vs Jazz: 'It makes no sense'

OAKLAND – Draymond Green was whistled for another technical foul Tuesday night, his sixth of the season. The Warriors forward wasn’t happy about it, and neither was his coach.

Green’s transgression, as decided by lead official John Goble, was hanging on the rim after dunking to punctuate a one-man coast-to-coast fast break with 2:07 left in the second quarter of a 104-74 thrashing of the Utah Jazz.

“I was upset because Draymond was going a million miles an hour on that play,” said Kerr, who protested vigorously enough to nearly get his own technical foul. “That was the play of the game. He blew past all nine guys and dunked it. He’s flying in. If he lets go of the rim, he’s going to break his neck.

“It makes zero sense to give a guy a T when he’s flying in and has to grab onto the rim, and hold onto the rim, to protect himself.”

Green was in traffic when he was hanging from the rim in a way that he has dozens of times before. Officials generally give latitude when player safety may be at risk.

Not this time.

“I don’t get it,” Kerr said. “I don’t understand. It’s about safety. It made no sense to me to give him a technical. So that’s why I was upset.”

Unable to understand the call, Green threw a mini-fit, which may have been more deserving of a technical foul that the actual charge of hanging on the rim.

“I can’t run full speed and just come straight back down without breaking my neck,” Green said. “So it’s neither here nor there.”

“A lot of people hang on the rim just to hang. If you’re going full speed, 94 feet, I don’t know many guys that are just coming straight back down. But maybe that’s . . . I don’t know.”

That moment may have only served to fire up Green, who came back in the second half to own the floor, scoring more points (11) after halftime than anybody on either team. He finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and four assists.

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.”