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CJ McCollum tweets at Devin Booker after Warriors' Jordan Poole interview

CJ McCollum tweets at Devin Booker after Warriors' Jordan Poole interview

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole did not play in the team's final Summer League game in Las Vegas on Friday night.

So at halftime, he joined NBA TV's Allie LaForce for a short interview about his first summer in the NBA.

"Growing up and in college, you never really paid attention to the free agency," Poole explained. "Obviously, you saw who was going to what team.

"But now looking at the lineups and the matchups and being able to see who you're gonna guard night in and night -- the Western Conference is definitely gonna be extremely exciting."

Is there anybody in particular Poole is looking forward to guarding?

"Probably Devin Booker," the 20-year-old told LaForce. "Devin Booker, CJ McCollum are the two that I'm focusing on."

When the video came across McCollum's timeline, he tweeted the following at Booker:

Wizards guard Bradley Beal then joined in on the fun:

Booker averaged 26.6 points and 6.8 assists per game last season, while McCollum racked up 21.0 points and 3.0 assists per contest.

Poole -- the No. 28 overall pick in last month's NBA Draft -- is going to have his work cut out for him.

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"Offensively, we think he's far ahead of where he is defensively," Golden State assistant general manager Larry Harris said about Poole a couple of weeks ago. "His athleticism and his quickness and his IQ allows him to be a better defender than what we saw in college."

When the NBA releases the 2019-20 schedule next month, mark the Warriors-Suns and Warriors-Blazers matchups on your calendar.

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CJ McCollum, Skip Bayless get in Twitter beef over Kawhi Leonard hate

CJ McCollum, Skip Bayless get in Twitter beef over Kawhi Leonard hate

Fox Sports blowhard Skip Bayless must have been bored over the weekend because he decided to take out his anger on Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard.

Shortly after the Raptors eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night, Bayless sent this tweet regarding Leonard.

Bayless is a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, and clearly isn't happy Leonard was traded away last summer.

Bayless' tweet caught the attention of Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.

Ol’ Skip couldn't let McCollum's tweet go without a response, but he did it without sending the message directly to him. Instead, Bayless used it as a shameless promo for his show.

No problem, though. McCollum saw the tweet and made sure to point out that Bayless, a longtime newspaper columnist, spelled his name wrong.

Bayless appears to be bad with names since he continues to refer to Leonard as "No. 2." 

[RELATED: Warriors-Raptors NBA Finals preview]

We'll find out what Bayless has to say Monday morning. If he had any guts, he'd invite McCollum on his show and let the Blazers guard respond. But we all know Bayless won't do that because he'd lose any and all arguments with Leonard now in the NBA Finals against the Warriors.

Blazers' CJ McCollum describes what separates Warriors from everybody

Blazers' CJ McCollum describes what separates Warriors from everybody

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Golden State Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals.

The Dubs also ended Portland's season in 2016 and 2017.

Blazers guard CJ McCollum clearly knows what it's like to face the team that will be playing in its fifth straight NBA Finals.

"The biggest difference you see with the Warriors compared to everybody else is how aligned they are," McCollum said on his podcast, Pull Up. "Obviously, they've had some issues off the court this season. But once they step on that court, the communication is there. The understanding of where everyone is supposed to be is there consistently.

"You don't ever really see them have crazy lapses. Offensively, constant movement off the ball and everyone is always looking to get Steph open; always looking to screen for Klay. And when they're open, the ball is delivered on time and on target consistently."

Steph Curry's numbers were incredible in the sweep: 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 47 percent shooting from the field, 42.6 percent from deep.

Klay Thompson averaged 21.5 points, but shot below 38 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Fortunately for the Warriors, they also have that Draymond Green guy. The three-time NBA All-Star averaged 16.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 2.8 blocks and 2.3 steals, while shooting over 54 percent.

That's just nuts.

"What makes them so good is Draymond's ability to make decisions in the pick-and-roll," McCollum said. "He did a great job of pushing the tempo and pushing the pace off makes and misses. He initiated the offense and historically has made the right decision on when to finish around the basket, when to kick it out for a 3 or throw the lob.

"Steph is Steph and Klay is Klay, and KD and the rest of those players. But he's a very unique asset. His defensive presence -- being able to guard five guys. He can guard pick-and-rolls, he can guard in the post. He's the ultimate help defender.

"I think he makes their team go."

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There's a reason head coach Steve Kerr has been calling Draymond the "heartbeat" of the Warriors for years.

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