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Charles Barkley rips Draymond Green after ejection in Warriors' loss

Charles Barkley rips Draymond Green after ejection in Warriors' loss

One of the Warriors' biggest rivals comes off the court. He is a Hall of Fame nonetheless, but hasn't played in an NBA game in 20 years. 

Charles Barkley can't stop ripping on Draymond Green. The feud continued Thursday night when the fiery Golden State forward was ejected in the second quarter of a 30-point home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"He had his normal triple-single," Barkley said during halftime on TNT. "Why doesn't he talk all the stuff whe he got them other boys with him? No, man. He talks all that stuff when he's got them other boys with him. Now he's out there and gotta fight for himself and he just don't wanna play. 

"Give me a break. Y'all better quit tellin' me you can play and who can't play. I know who can play." 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed his displeasure with Green letting his emotions get the best of him after the game. The two often have butted heads but always let their close bond be known. 

It was clear Kerr was not happy Thursday night, though. 

"We needed him in the second half," Kerr said sternly to reporters. "We needed him out there." 

[RELATED: Kerr's frustrations boil over after Warriors hit new low]

Green left the game with two points, four assists and one rebound in 10 minutes. He's averaging 8.0 points, but his assists have dropped to 6.2 per game and his rebounds are down to 6.2 per game as well. The three-time All-Star is shooting just 38.9 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from 3-point range.

Both are his lowest since his rookie year. 

In a season where the Warriors have gone from five straight trips to the NBA Finals to the worst record in the league, tensions are to boil over at times. That certainly was the case in Golden State's latest blowout loss.

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals two 'sleeper' teams in Orlando bubble

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals two 'sleeper' teams in Orlando bubble

Who is going to reach the 2020 NBA Finals?

The majority of the basketball world believes the LA Clippers or Los Angeles Lakers will advance from the Western Conference, and either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors will punch the Eastern Conference's ticket.

Is there a "sleeper" in the West who could shock everybody? According to Warriors forward Draymond Green, that team is the Houston Rockets.

"They got Russ (Russell Westbrook), they got James (Harden) -- who obviously can both go for 40 or 50 on any given night," he said on "The Steam Room" podcast. "They got a bunch of shooters and they're going to create proglems for people, because they're playing this switching defense.

"And the first thing that people try to do -- we saw it the other day -- you try to pound the ball inside. You're not just gonna run James Harden over on the post. You're not just gonna run P.J. Tucker over. A lot of teams will make that mistake and Houston can be really sneaky."

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And the Miami Heat are Draymond's sleeper pick in the East.

"They play really hard, they got guys that are tied together," the three-time NBA champion explained. "They got my guy Andre (Iguodala), who we know during the Finals and playoffs is great. The only thing with the Heat is they struggle at times to find consistent scoring.

"But they got a lot of talent, a lot of pieces."

[RELATED: Why Draymond is 'strongly against' a second NBA bubble]

Yours truly wouldn't be shocked at all if the Rockets reach the NBA Finals, but would be stunned if the Heat get that far. 

But ultimately, anything can happen when there is no homecourt advantage.

The playoffs are going to be a blast.

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Warriors' Draymond Green explains why he doesn't miss basketball now

Warriors' Draymond Green explains why he doesn't miss basketball now

Draymond Green last played in an NBA game Feb. 27. And he was on the court only for 10 minutes because he was ejected in the second quarter.

The Warriors forward last played at least 30 minutes in a game on Feb. 12, which was Golden State's final game before the All-Star break.

As you know, the Dubs are not playing in the Orlando bubble. And it's highly unlikely they participate either in a second bubble in Chicago or in a team minicamp at Chase Center.

So what has it been like for Draymond with nothing to do basketball wise?

"Honestly, it's been great," he told Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson on "The Steam Room" podcast. "I've had a lot of fun spending time with my family. I've gotten to know my fiancée better. I've gotten to know my kids better. That's been amazing.

"From a basketball standpoint -- I gotta be honest with you -- I don't necessarily miss playing basketball, because it's been such a long run that my body could use the break.

"But what I miss is competing at the highest level. The playoff basketball, playing in the Finals -- I miss that. Being able to compete at the highest level against the best players in the world."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

You can't blame the three-time NBA champion for wanting an extended breather. From 2015 to 2019, he suited up for 104 of the Warriors' 105 playoff games (he was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals), averaging 37.7 minutes per night.

Draymond has dealt with various ailments over the last couple of years, and needed to refresh his body and mind. He knows the Dubs still are months away from reconvening, and starting the quest to climb back to the top of the mountain.

[RELATED: Why Draymond is 'strongly against' a second NBA bubble]

But don't get it twisted. The 30-year-old is extremely motivated to be an All-Star again, and would love nothing more than to capture a fourth Larry O'Brien Trophy.

"When you go to the Finals, everybody is watching -- including the best basketball players in the world that (are not) in that game," he said. "That's always the most fun time to me, and I miss that."

If Draymond delivers on his personal goals, the Warriors just might get back to basketball's biggest stage in 2021.

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