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Kerr explains why Draymond logging big minutes at center vs Rockets is not a concern

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Kerr explains why Draymond logging big minutes at center vs Rockets is not a concern

Draymond Green played just under 37 minutes in Game 1 vs the Rockets.

The "Hamptons 5" logged 17 minutes, which is 17 minutes of Draymond at center.

Kevon Looney shared the floor with Draymond for 14 minutes. And while Looney could be considered the center in that pairing, he was forced to play on the perimeter on many possessions when he got switched on to James Harden or Chris Paul.

David West only received four minutes, so ultimately, Draymond logged the majority of his minutes at the five (and you can expect that to continue throughout this series).

Is that more tiring for him?

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast: Curry's defense on Harden; Rockets smart to attack Looney?]

"No, because he's not battling anybody on the post," Steve Kerr told reporters after shootaround on Wednesday. "I think playing huge minutes at center for Draymond would be different against some of bigger low-post dominant centers.

"Capela is a great player, but he's a lob-catcher, he's a runner. So it's not a physical game down there. It's more about pick-and-roll -- which is what Draymond's forte is anyways -- getting out and switching and staying in front of people."

While it's true that Draymond isn't dealing with a center who gets the ball repeatedly and tries to back his way down and/or bully him, Draymond wasn't in a bunch of pick-and-roll situations in Game 1. It was Steph Curry and Looney who the Rockets repeatedly attacked in isolations.

Draymond spent most of his time battling Capela for rebounds.

In fact, Draymond racked up a ridiculous 18 box outs in Game 1.

Through the Warriors' first 10 playoff games, he averaged 10 box outs.

Capela -- who averaged a league-best 4.1 offensive rebounds through the first two rounds of the playoffs -- only had one in Game 1.

Ultimately, Kerr's logic is sound and makes sense.

Plus, let's be real -- Draymond is probably relishing all of the contact in the paint with Capela.

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

Draymond talks trash every day, has Jordan Bell ever clapped back? 'I'm not crazy'

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Draymond talks trash every day, has Jordan Bell ever clapped back? 'I'm not crazy'

From the moment the Warriors paid the Bulls $3.5 million for the rights to Jordan Bell, the Draymond Green comparisons began.

Remember the story of Draymond cussing out general manager Bob Myers for not telling him the Warriors were going to acquire Bell?

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast: West Finals predictions; 'what the series comes down to']

At Bell's introductory press conference, Myers told the rookie: "Draymond will be a fun challenge for you," as he laughed.

Well, over the weekend, Bell was asked the following question:  "How much has Draymond talked trash to you this season?"

"Every day. Every day he's on me," Bell answered. "Every flight. He's looking for stuff to nitpick at me about off the court.

"On the court, if I mess up, he'll correct me. If I mess up, he'll come over and talk to me calmly. And I'll listen and I'll take it in."

Has Bell ever clapped back at Draymond?

"Nah, nah, nah. I'm not crazy (laughter). Maybe in a couple years I will.

"It's kind of like a big brother thing -- just messing with you, just picking on you for no reason. I was the youngest of six so I was used to taking it and keep moving on."

[POOLE: Jordan Bell needed to be humbled -- how a 'deep conversation' with Durant changed his mindset]

It must be easy for Draymond to constantly be in Bell's ear, because:

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

That time Draymond & Curry bonded over BBQ, beer when trailing Grizzlies in playoffs

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That time Draymond & Curry bonded over BBQ, beer when trailing Grizzlies in playoffs

In case you somehow missed the story:

After the Warriors lost Game 3 in New Orleans, Draymond Green sent Kevin Durant a long text at 4am.

"I just challenged him to be who he is. I had to tell him," Draymond told ESPN's Chris Haynes. "I didn't see him attacking or being aggressive enough on both ends of the floor like we need him to be. You know, I don't hold back. When I see something's wrong, I have to voice my opinion. There were no hard feelings. We're just trying to win a ballgame."

Durant responded with one of his best all-around games in a Warriors uniform -- 38 points, nine rebounds, five assists and terrific deffense.

After practice on Sunday, Steph Curry was asked if Draymond Green has ever done something like that to him.

"2015 championship run, in Memphis -- we were down 2-1," Curry explained. "And after the game, I was in my hotel room -- and I wouldn't call it sulking, but I was thinking about what I need to do better for the next game -- and he called and told me to come down to the BBQ spot down the street.

"We had a pretty unhealthy meal and I think we had a beer, and (he) put in perspective that were still in good shape … you need those type of moments where you kind of get our of your feelings a little bit, but also just keep the right perspective around winning a championship.

"It's a grind and it’s tough. Whether it’s Draymond making a call or us having a team dinner, you gotta find those moments."

-Curry's Game 2 vs Memphis -- 19 points, 7-for-10 overall, 2-for-11 from deep
-Curry's Game 3 at Memphis -- 23 points, 8-for-21 overall, 2-for-10 from deep

After the BBQ and beer summit...

-Curry's Game 4 at Memphis -- 33 points, 11-for-22 overall, 4-for-9 from deep, and the Warriors won to even the series at 2-2.

The Warriors are hoping they don't need to "find a moment" over the course of the Western Conference Finals vs Houston...

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