Steph Curry defends Draymond Green, 'there are certain situations...'


Steph Curry defends Draymond Green, 'there are certain situations...'

UPDATE (1:47PM on Monday) -- The NBA fined Draymond Green $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, the league announced.


On Saturday against the Clippers, Draymond Green picked up his league-leading 11th technical foul.

Following shootaround on Monday, Steph Curry was asked if he feels like Draymond receives an "unfair shake" sometimes.

"I do," Curry told reporters. "There are certain situations where he has a certain mannerism about him, a certain disposition, that is different from other people. I've been on the court when just looking around like, 'Why did he get a tech?' He didn't say anything, he didn't do anything demonstrative. I've seen way worse; had a blind eye turned to it.

"And Draymond would admit there's been situations on the other side where he's gone overboard and they've handled it accordingly. It's a give and take, but there have been more than enough instances where he's tried to compose himself and tried to have that communication and he's not given the benefit of the doubt. 

"I can see his frustration and I know he's doing things internally to help make sure that he's kind of clear-minded on the floor. And knows how to control himself or control his passion and direct it towards helping us win."

After the game in Los Angeles, Draymond had some strong words regarding the state of affairs between NBA players and the officials.

“It's bad. It's horrible. It's really bad," the Defensive Player of the Year told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "I don't know why it is. But I think it's ridiculous. It's ruining the game. … It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should.

“They can get a new crop (of referees), a whole new crop. Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don't work that way.”

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported just before Christmas:

Roberts and Seham agreed to put together an informal All-Star Weekend meeting in Los Angeles with a small group of top players and referees to talk directly about the state of referee and player relations.

If Draymond receives a 16th technical, he will be suspended one game.

Another one-game suspension would trigger if he gets an 18th (same with 20, 22, 24, etc.)

"At the end of the day, as long as we understand that refs are humans just like we are -- they're gonna make mistakes," Curry said on Monday. "And in the heat of battle, we're gonna have emotional responses ... if I come to you and I want to talk about it and I'm not cussing you out or embarrassing you in any sense, then hopefully that communication can happen. And we can move on after that.

"That's what we're all trying to get to."

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

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.