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By dangling Warriors' jewelry, Kerr may have inadvertently trolled Rockets

By dangling Warriors' jewelry, Kerr may have inadvertently trolled Rockets

OAKLAND -- Neither the Warriors nor the Rockets need bulletin board material, partly because bulletin boards have been nudged toward obsolescence, replaced by various forms of social media.

Which is why Steve Kerr’s innocuous but honest comment on Thursday can, in this day and age, be spun into low-key trolling of the Houston Rockets.

Kerr was asked if a thirst for a championship might make the Rockets the more determined team in the Western Conference Finals.

“I like where we are,” the Warriors coach said. “Our guys have rings. That’s a good position to be in.”

Fact: The Warriors are defending NBA champions and have won two titles over the past three seasons.

Very loose translation, circa 2018: Kerr dangles championship jewelry to mock Houston’s lack of same.

Perhaps sensing that those words can be sharpened into a taunt, Kerr elaborated.

“The hardest championship is the first one, as an individual player and as a team, because you don’t know,” he said. “You don’t quite know if you can do it. Once you get the first one, there’s a little bit of house money. But you want it again because it’s an unbelievable feeling.

“So I like our position. We’re going to go in there knowing we’re the defending champs, knowing we’ve got a couple championships here over the last few years. Let’s go get another one.”

Houston’s last won an NBA championship in 1995, when a team built around Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon repeated.

Report: Steph Curry went to Draymond Green's house to get his side of story

Report: Steph Curry went to Draymond Green's house to get his side of story

Programming note: Watch Thursday night's Warriors-Rockets game streaming live at 5pm PT on the MyTeams app.

Steph Curry was not in Los Angeles for the Warriors' game on Monday night. He was not on the floor at the end of regulation when Draymond Green and Kevin Durant said some things to each other that they both probably wish they could take back.

The two-time MVP did not make the trip because he stayed in the Bay Area to get treatment for his strained groin. So on Tuesday, he needed to get to the bottom of what happened in the time just before overtime started vs the Clippers.

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So what did Curry do exactly? Here are the details, from Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:

Durant has said he doesn’t want to lead anybody on. But Green is part of a contingent that believes Durant has a hand in creating the hype about his free agency, a tangential focus that detracts from their mission of winning a third straight title.

Myers and Kerr were made aware of Green’s concerns in their meeting. Green also shared them with Curry, who visited Green’s house before Tuesday’s game to get Green’s side, Curry’s efforts to repair the situation.

If you haven't been following "Warriors Twitter" -- in the last 36 hours there have been plenty of jokes made about how Curry doesn't accompany the team on one road trip and everything starts to fall apart.

Exhibit A:

Curry has missed the last three games and the Warriors have three more games this week -- at Houston Thursday, at Dallas on Saturday and at San Antonio on Sunday.

It should be a very interesting weekend in Texas...

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

Warriors player: With what Draymond Green said, 'no way' Kevin Durant returns

Warriors player: With what Draymond Green said, 'no way' Kevin Durant returns

Programming note: Watch Thursday night's Warriors-Rockets game streaming live at 5pm PT on the MyTeams app.

Let's just say that things have been better between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. Right now, the relationship is in trouble.

We all know that the two got in a heated confrontation at the end of regulation on Monday night in Los Angeles, and as of late Tuesday night, they hadn't hashed out anything yet.

Durant will become an unresticted free agent in July and nobody has any idea what the two-time Finals MVP is going to do. But according to one anonymous Warriors player, things are not looking good for Golden State.

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“With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back,” a member of the team told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. “The only hope is that they can say this summer, ‘See, KD. We’ve got your back. We protected you from Draymond.’"

Oh. OK.

Perhaps this is why Steph Curry said this prior to Tuesday's game vs the Hawks:

Through 15 games, the Warriors are 12-3 and in first place in the Western Conference. They are good enough to keep winning games as the parties involved try to sort through this serious predicament.

But as Thompson writes: "This isn’t a situation that will just blow over."

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