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Nurkic responds to Draymond's comment about NBA centers

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Draymond Green believes a Houston Rockets series win over the Los Angeles Lakers would be a bad thing for centers in the NBA.

The Warriors forward said as much in a tweet during Game 1 of the second-round NBA playoff series.

And one of those NBA centers responded.

Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic agreed with Green's assessment, but also pointed out that the Warriors got the ball rolling, not the Rockets.

Nurkic is right to an extent. The Warriors had incredible success in the NBA playoffs over the last five seasons when they played without a traditional center at the end of games.

The original "Death Lineup," which consisted of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Green, helped the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals.

When the Warriors swapped Barnes for Kevin Durant in 2016, the "Super Death Lineup" was born and they won two NBA titles closing games with that lineup. A third title likely would have been captured if not for catastrophic injuries to Thompson and Durant in the 2019 NBA Finals.

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Now, the Rockets have created their own version of small-ball, getting rid of the traditional center in favor of a lineup where Robert Covington, at 6-foot-7, is their tallest starter.

As for Nurkic, he doesn't need to worry about the winner of the Rockets-Lakers series. He's financially set after signing a four-year, $48 million contract with $40 million guaranteed prior to the 2018-19 season.