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Draymond analyzes his techs: 'They gonna tell me how my face can look?'

Draymond analyzes his techs: 'They gonna tell me how my face can look?'

On Christmas Day in Cleveland, Draymond Green picked up his second foul with 9:25 remaining in the first quarter.

He was not happy about the call and prompty picked up a technical foul -- his seventh of the season.

"I don't really think I'm putting myself in any situation, because when I look at my technical fouls -- five of the seven I totally disagree on," Draymond told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game on Tuesday. "Two of 'em, I earned 'em and I feel like I got my money's worth on two of 'em.

"The other five -- hanging on the rim, yelling after two dunks, walking to the bench like the other day -- I don't really know how to not do that. Nor have I seen anyone else really get a tech for that."

Bruce followed up by saying: "I disagree with about the same number, too, which obviously means the word's out -- which means you gotta be more careful. Isn't that how it all adds up? Even if you think you're getting screwed, the point is you're getting screwed here, so it's time to stop letting them do that to you?"

"There's some stuff you can't stop though," Draymond said in response. "I can't not walk to the bench. You get your second foul less than three minutes into the game, you're gonna walk to the bench ... should I crawl to the bench? Damned if you do, damned if you don't...

"... Now someone is gonna tell me at what pace I can walk to the bench? I mean, what are we doing here? They gonna tell me what pace I can walk to the bench now, too, and how my face can look? All right ... your teeth were too yellow (laughter). I don't know..."

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls (9), while Russell Westbrook and John Wall are tied for second (8). Draymond and DeAndre Jordan are next with seven.

Per NBA rules, here is the breakdown for technical fouls:

REGULAR SEASON
Technical fouls 1-5: $2,000 fine each
Technical fouls 6-10: $3,000 fine each
Technical fouls 11-15: $4,000 fine each (and a warning letter is sent after the 10th)
Technical foul 16: $5,000 fine plus one-game suspension
Each additional technical foul: $5,000 fine
Each two additional technical fouls (18, 20, 22, etc.): $5,000 fine plus one-game suspension

PLAYOFFS
Technical fouls 1-2: $2,000 fine each
Technical fouls 3-4: $3,000 fine each
Technical fouls 5-6: $4,000 fine (and a warning letter is sent after the 5th)
Technical foul 7: $5,000 fine plus one-game suspension
Each additional technical foul: $5,000 fine
Each two additional technical fouls (9, 11, 13, etc.): $5,000 fine plus one-game suspension

A couple of hours before Draymond's radio segment, he spoke with reporters after practice.

"Change my approach for what? I don't know what other approach to take than walking towards the bench," Draymond said. "There's no other approach to take than that. No, I'm gonna continue to be the only person I know how to be -- that's me.

"A lot of guys get home at night and they're exhausted from acting all day. I only know how to be Draymond. That's who I've been my entire life; that's who I'm gonna continue to be. I won't be exhausted from acting when I get home. That ain't gonna work for me.

"So no, I won't change an approach with anything. No point."

Why Kevin Durant thought Warriors' loss to Mavericks 'not odd at all'

Why Kevin Durant thought Warriors' loss to Mavericks 'not odd at all'

Saturday was a night to forget for the Warriors.

The 126-91 loss to the lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks was the Warriors' worst at Oracle Arena under coach Steve Kerr. Golden State, without Steph Curry and chasing the Western Conference's top seed, weren't even close to the West's second-worst team.

If that sounds out of the ordinary for an NBA Finals contender, Kevin Durant doesn't think so.

"It's not odd at all," Durant told reporters in Oakland after the loss on Saturday (via ESPN). "I think everybody in that locker room has gotten their asses beat at home before. I know this experience is different, how much winning we've done the last few years. But we're still in the NBA; guys have been a part of terrible games, along with the great games, as well. The good thing about it, we play tomorrow night too."

The Warriors were short-handed, and lopsided losses do happen to good -- even great -- teams. But wasn't Golden State supposed to have already turned this corner?

They weren't blown out on March 10, but the Warriors lost to the Zion-Williamson-contending Phoenix Suns on that date. Golden State wasn't missing any regulars as was the case on Saturday, and the team said all the right things about that being a necessary wake-up call headed into a successful road trip.

"The first two games were important to us, especially after that Phoenix loss," Durant said on March 19. "To come out and beat two teams on the road, it was probably the best two-game stretch of the season for us, and we needed that, we needed to feel good about ourselves, going on the plane, going to practice the next day."

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The grind and ensuing malaise of an 82-game season real, especially for a team that has played as many games as Golden State has in the last five years. Plus, the Warriors battled injuries and struggled mightly down the stretch of the regular season last year ... and still won their third championship in four seasons.

In other words, a March loss to the Mavericks might not mean all that much if the Warriors lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again. But if they don't, Durant might look back on it as a defeat that was odd, after all.

Quinn Cook, Austin Rivers agree that Cleveland is worst NBA road city

Quinn Cook, Austin Rivers agree that Cleveland is worst NBA road city

The verdict is in. Cleveland doesn't rock.

In fact, Cleveland sucks, according to Warriors guard Quinn Cook and Rockets guard Austin Rivers.

Why?

"My family is there, they're calling me all the time, it's muggy and it's cold," Cook told Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke and Rivers on The Uninterrupted Road Trippin' podcast.

Cook's first professional contract actually came with the Cavs. After he went undrafted out of Duke in 2015, Cleveland signed him to a contract in September of that year. A month later, they waived him.

Why does Rivers hate Cleveland?

"It's just always freezing there," Rivers said. "And if you're there a day in between, which teams don't even do anymore, like you guys are staying here [in Houston] right now so you guys don't have to go to OKC for two days. There's nothing to do. What do you do?"

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Cook may not like the city of Cleveland, but his greatest professional accomplishment occurred there last June when he won an NBA championship with the Warriors.

You can hear the rest of Rivers, Cook and Burke's conversation on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.