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Draymond defends Bell's garbage time alley-oop off backboard to himself

Draymond defends Bell's garbage time alley-oop off backboard to himself

With just under three minutes to go and the Warriors leading by 25 points, Steve Kerr put the end of the bench into the game.

Somehow, with the game in control, rookie Jordan Bell found a way to produce the highlight of the night.

After Bell got a piece of Dwight Powell's shot, JaVale McGee batted the ball ahead. With no one in front of him, the rookie tossed the ball off the backboard and threw down a dunk. The sequence left his Warriors teammates flabergasted. But Bell may have broken an unwritten rule about showboating in a blowout game.

After the game, Draymond Green was not having it with possible criticism of Bell.

"Listen man, when you get on the basketball floor, I don't care if you get out there with two minutes to go up 25 or with two minutes to go down 25, somebody is evaluating you. So you gotta play the game just like it's tied up or if you're up four or if you're down four. You gotta play the game the same way. Somebody is evaluating you. So if you want to throw it off the backboard, feel free and dunk the ball. He got an And One. It was a great play. So, I got no message for him. Do what you do. Play basketball. That's what he did. I don't get all up into the whole 'Ah man, they're winning by this much, that's bad.' Says who? Dunk the ball. What's the difference between if he threw it off the backboard and dunked it as opposed to grabbing it and dunking it? It's a dunk," Green told reporters in Dallas after the Warriors' 133-130 win.

Green was then asked what he thought of the play, regardless of game situation.

"Great play. Great play. Amazing. Did you see it? It was dope. He got an And One too. He missed the free throw though. We gotta talk about that. That's my message for him. Make the free throw," Green said.

Kerr reportedly apologized to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle after the game. Green commented on that.

"Steve's the coach. I'm not. That's not my problem," Green said.

Draymond wasn't the only member of the Green family defending Bell. His mom, Mary Babers-Green was on Twitter defending the rookie.

https://twitter.com/BabersGreen/status/922660243921874945

Jonas Jerebko has one main piece of rehab advice for DeMarcus Cousins

Jonas Jerebko has one main piece of rehab advice for DeMarcus Cousins

Jonas Jerebko was the 39th pick by the Pistons in the 2009 NBA Draft. As a rookie, he averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting over 48 percent from the field.

Then, during a preseason game in October 2010, he tore his right Achilles tendon.

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"I had to get back to work and try to earn myself a new contract," Jerebko told Bay Area reporters Monday. "It was a tough time, but it's behind me now. It was a long year."

You know who else has torn an Achilles?

DeMarcus Cousins.

"Definitely gonna talk to him when I get the chance," Jerebko said of the new Warriors big man. "Just take his time. He's gonna be back no problem. I haven't had any problems with it. I took my time. It took quite some time, but I did my rehab right.

"And I know he's gonna be back 100 percent. I'm definitely gonna give him a call and reach out to him. ... I've been through it."

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

Warriors called, and Jonas Jerebko answered -- then signed quickly

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Warriors called, and Jonas Jerebko answered -- then signed quickly

Signing with the Warriors was an easy decision for Jonas Jerebko.

Shortly after the Jazz waived the big man on July 7, the Warriors came a'calling.

"My agent called me and said that the Warriors were interested, and after that, it was a wrap," Jerebko told reporters Monday. "When the best team in the world calls, you answer. I’m excited about the opportunity.

"Exciting times for me, it’s exciting times for Sweden. ... I didn’t really look anywhere else after that phone call.” 

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Once Jerebko cleared waivers, he signed for the veteran's minimum (about $2.17 million) with Golden State. Now, the 31-year old is ready to get to work.

"I'm not gonna travel much," he said. "I've done my vacationing. I've been waiting to sign somwhere and just get to work. I'm gonna go back to Michigan -- I got a gym there -- I'm gonna start going to work. And come back to the Bay early and get ready.

“I’m gonna come into this season in the best shape I’ve ever been.”

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