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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.

Chris Paul ruled out for Game 6 vs Warriors

Chris Paul ruled out for Game 6 vs Warriors

The Warriors are one loss away from their season ending. But, as the defending champions battle the Rockets in Game 6 on Saturday, Houston will be without their star point guard. 

The Rockets have ruled Chris Paul out for Game 6 with a right hamstring strain. 

Paul injured himself in the final minute of the Rockets' 98-94 Game 5 win on Thursday night in Houston. He scored 20 points with seven rebounds and six assists in the win.

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Warriors 126, Rockets 85
Game 4 Rockets 95, Warriors 92
Game 5 Rockets 98, Warriors 94
Game 6 Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Game 7 Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm

'Book it' -- With Warriors down 3-2 to Rockets, Draymond Green makes a guarantee

'Book it' -- With Warriors down 3-2 to Rockets, Draymond Green makes a guarantee

The Warriors are on the brink of elimination.

But that doesn't seem to matter to Draymond Green.

Following Golden State's Game 5 loss in Houston, the three-time All-Star made a bold declaration:

“We still winning this,” Draymond told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. “Book it.”

Well, well, well.

Ultimately, it isn't a surprise to hear Draymond say this.

If he can take better care of the basketball moving forward, the Warriors should be in good shape:

Steve Kerr, too, is confident in the Warriors' ability to win the next two games.

"I feel great about where we are right now,” Kerr told reporters. “That may sound crazy, but I feel it. I know exactly what I'm seeing out there ... I'm extremely confident that we're going to take care of business."

The first order of business is winning Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Saturday night.

If the Warriors do that, Game 7 is on Monday night back in Houston.

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Warriors 126, Rockets 85
Game 4 Rockets 95, Warriors 92
Game 5 Rockets 98, Warriors 94
Game 6 Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Game 7 Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm

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