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Kerr references 'karma' when discussing Draymond's 3-point shooting

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Kerr references 'karma' when discussing Draymond's 3-point shooting

Draymond Green did not shoot the ball well the first seven games of the season.

He went 5-for-23 (22 percent) from distance over that span.

It's been a different story the last two weeks, as he is 13-for-24 (54 percent) over the last seven games.

"I think he's working extra hard these last few weeks after he got off to that slow start with his shooting," Steve Kerr told reporters on Tuesday. "When he shoots the ball well, it's devastating because he's the one that people are gonna leave open -- for good reason ... Draymond understands that.

"What he's done is he has a great feel now for when to shoot. And I want him shooting 3s, and he knows that. But I don't want the quick one before we've explored other stuff. But what he's been great at the last couple weeks, is early in the clock he's getting an open 3 and he's driving it. He's going right to the hole and he's kicking it.

"And so now we're getting an extra rotation from the defense -- possibly a mistake from the defense -- and the shot that he's taking is the one after we've explored everything. It's been fun to watch that awareness from him."

So Kerr doesn't want the quick one, huh?

Draymond's 3-point shooting as it relates to the shot clock, according to NBA.com (last seven games):

- 22 to 18 (very early) = 4 for 4
- 18 to 15 (early) = 1 for 4
- 15 to 7 (average) = 6 for 13
- 4 to 0 (very late) = 2 for 3 

Some of Draymond's attempts against the Magic:

And one from the win over the Spurs:

And when you're up 18 in the fourth quarter -- and you're 3-for-4 from distance so far in the game -- you gotta live with this one, right?

"I think there is something to taking the right 3 -- whether it's karma or rhythm," Kerr said. "You have to know your game and know your place in the offense. And I think Draymond's in a great groove right now in terms of his balance between the drive-and-kick game and taking the right 3-point shots.

"And then, I'm all for -- if he makes a couple in a row, I'm fine with him launching one. He's hot, go for it."

Is Draymond aware of this...?

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

Gameday: Kevin Durant vs Brandon Ingram on Kobe Bryant night

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Gameday: Kevin Durant vs Brandon Ingram on Kobe Bryant night

While the basketball world on Monday turns its eyes on Kobe Bryant Night, the Warriors will try to lock in on a Lakers team that tends to put up a real challenge against them in Los Angeles.

Despite being beset with multiple injuries -- three starters that have missed most of the games this month will be out once again -- the Warriors (23-6) behind Kevin Durant have held it together well enough to achieve an eight-game win streak.

After a four-game road trip during which they went 2-2 against Eastern Conference foes, the Lakers (10-17) return to Staples Center to host the retirement of the two jersey numbers, 8 and 24, worn by Bryant during his legendary 20-year career.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at halftime, which has been expanded from the usual 15 minutes to 21.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 5.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. Brandon Ingram: Ingram, in his second season, is often compared with Durant, who admits seeing similarities between the “small” forwards. Ingram, 20, is averaging 16.2 points per game, second among Lakers and in his last game torched the Cavs for 26 points, six rebounds and six assists. Durant has spent the last four games -- since Stephen Curry was knocked out of action -- rampaging through opponents. It’s reasonable to expect a few teacher-student moments.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain), F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness), G Shaun Livingston (L knee soreness) and C Zaza Pachulia (L shoulder soreness) are listed as out.

Lakers: No injuries listed.

ROSTER NOTE

C Damian Jones has been activated by the Warriors from G-League Santa Cruz.

LAST 10

Warriors: 9-1. Lakers: 3-7

GAME OFFICIALS

Bill Kennedy (crew chief), Curtis Blair, Leon Wood

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors needed overtime to win the first of four meetings this season, 127-123, on Nov. 29 in LA. They won three of four last season and have won 12 of the last 15 meetings overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE POINT MEN: With Curry and Livingston out, the Warriors are forced to rely on third- and fourth-string point guards against heralded Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. Given Ball’s 6-foot-7 height, the logical option to start is 6-7 Pat McCaw, with 6-2 Quinn Cook slotted for backup minutes at the point. There will be others, such as Andre Iguodala and Durant, taking turns initiating the offense.

THE GIFTS: Only three teams commit more turnovers than the Warriors (16.2 per game), and one of them is the Lakers (17.1). The Lakers through giveaways are handing opponents an average of 19.3 points per game (third-highest in the league). The Warriors are gifting an average of 18 points per game, eighth highest. Put another way, the loser of this game is almost certain to bemoan turnovers.

THE POMP: With the Hollywood atmosphere sure to come with Bryant’s jerseys being hoisted into the rafter, it will be an emotional night. The experienced Warriors, having played in three consecutive NBA Finals, are accustomed to high-magnitude events. How will the Lakers, some of whom played with Bryant, handle it?

Santa Cruz Warriors acquire former first-round pick, Rockets forward

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Santa Cruz Warriors acquire former first-round pick, Rockets forward

The Santa Cruz Warriors acquired Terrence Jones off waivers, the team announced on Monday morning.

The Rockets selected Jones with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Over 76 games (71 starts) during the 2013-14 season, Jones averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting over 54 percent from the field.

He was limited to 33 games the following season, but still averaged 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest.

Against the Warriors in the 2015 Western Conference Finals, he scored 12 points in Game 2 and 14 points in Game 4.

The 25-year old appeared in 54 games (12 starts) for New Orleans last season, averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes.

The Pelicans waived Jones soon after they acquired DeMarcus Cousins.

He opened this season playing in China, but was released in late November.

Keep in mind -- Jones will play for Santa Cruz but his contract is through the G League.

Any NBA team can sign the forward at any time.

The Golden State Warriors do not have an open spot on the 15-man roster, or a two-way contract to offer (Quinn Cook and Chris Boucher are on two-way deals).

Jones will be active for Santa Cruz's next game on Friday against the Reno Bighorns.

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