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Draymond Green, Drake meet up at Toronto restaurant between NBA Finals games

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Draymond Green, Drake meet up at Toronto restaurant between NBA Finals games

TORONTO -- The Cactus Club Cafe's downtown location sits just 1 kilometer from Scotiabank Arena, and features three levels of dining, paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, and a popular patio rooftop deck.

It was there that Warriors forward Draymond Green, teammate Alfonzo McKinnie and an extended party stepped into a private room adjacent to that rooftop deck Friday night with a special guest: Rapper and Raptors superfan Drake.

Green and Drake -- born Aubrey Graham -- had a notable run-in during the Warriors' NBA Finals-opening loss to the Raptors on Thursday night. Seconds after Toronto secured its first Finals win in franchise history, the two shared words, with the rapper seemingly calling Green "trash" as the Warriors left the court.

After the game, Drake posted a video of he and Stephen Curry exchanging words on the sideline while the rapper touched Curry's hair, with the caption: "Steph Curry hair lint for sale on my eBay right now!!! username: DraymondShouldntWear23."

"We was talking s--t," Green told NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday. "And we live in a day and age where people -- we live in a soft-ass world to where everything is a problem, and everything is a major issue. That’s the world we live in today, and so when someone sees people talking s--t to each other, it’s like, 'Oh my God, they hate each other,' but it's the typical overreaction into everything that's overreacted to in today's day in age."

Green and Drake have maintained a friendship for the past five years. In 2016, during the Warriors' record-breaking 73-win season, Drake name-dropped Green in his hit single, "Summer Sixteen." Two years ago, following a 127-121 Warriors win over the Raptors, Green was treated to an advance listen to "Free Smoke" from Drake's then-upcoming mixtape "More Life." Last season, as the Warriors geared up for a playoff run, Green wore a promotional jacket for Drake's fifth studio album, "Scorpion."

Hours before their meal together Friday, Green sported a red Jordan/October's Very Own collab hoodie as an homage to the Toronto-born rapper.

Even while Drake is being criticized for his recent sideline antics, most notably for massaging Raptors coach Nick Nurse's shoulders during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, Green has defended his friend.

[RELATED: Drake trolled Klay with the 'Hotline Bling' dance]

"I think so many people make a big deal out of it. It is what it is," Green said Friday. "He's a fan. He talks, and it gets more attention because he's Drake. So many people are complaining about it, like, 'You don't let any other fan do that.' Yeah, any other fan is just not Drake, so they probably shouldn't be able to do that. That's just kind of how the cookie crumbles.

"He's worked his ass off to be who he is," Green added. "I think we all know when you do that, you get more leash than others. I think there's so much talk, and the NBA needs to -- no, they don't. He worked to be who he is. You should get more leash. But I don't mind it. It's fun for me."

The parties went their separate ways around 8 p.m. Friday, with Drake ducking out a private exit and the back-to-back defending champions walking through the crowd and back on their quest to win Game 2 on Sunday night.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 112-94 loss to red-hot Kings

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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 112-94 loss to red-hot Kings

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors-Kings matchup has provided some fun in recent years. The fun was entirely one-sided Tuesday in Sacramento's 112-94 drubbing of Golden State. 

It was the Warriors' seven straight loss and their third consecutive to the Kings this season. Sacramento (24-33) can sweep a series with Golden State (12-46) for the first time since 2003 with a win on April 15. Kings guard De'Aaron Fox scored 21 points and dished out five assists as Sacramento won its third straight game. 

Here are three takeaways from another dejected Warriors performance in a season full of lows. 

Sloppy play dooms first half

The easiest way to catch Steve Kerr's ire is to turn the ball over, and the Warriors did just that Monday. They committed nine of their game-high 17 turnovers in the first half, allowing the Kings to hold a 12-point lead at halftime. 

The Warriors have turned the ball over a lot against the Kings this season. Golden State committed 20 turnovers against Sacramento the last time these two played in San Francisco, and the two teams combined for 57 in an unwatchable affair that night.

While their ballhandling improved in the second half, the Warriors' lack of talent all but sealed another loss. On most nights, Golden State won't be the best team on the floor. The Dubs have to limit mistakes enough to give themselves a chance. 

Warriors can't shoot

The Warriors became one of the best-ever shooting teams during their dynastic run. Golden State demoralized teams with a 3-point attack led by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Tuesday showed just how far the mighty have fallen. 

Thompson and Curry are sidelined, and the Warriors shot 4-for-28 (14 percent) from beyond the arc Tuesday. Even worse? The ways the Warriors missed. Marquese Chriss and rookie Juan Toscano-Anderson traded airballs in the first half, as the Warriors shot just 5.9 percent from 3-point range in the first two quarters.

The Warriors' 3-point struggles are understandable. Only one Golden State player who dressed Tuesday -- Damion Lee -- shot better than 35 percent from beyond the arc entering the night. As long as Curry and Thompson are out, the Warriors' 3-point shooting will continue to decline. 

[RELATED: Kerr says 'hope' is Steph can return to Dubs on March 1]

Chriss shines 

The last time Chriss faced his hometown team, he played knowing he'd be cut by the end of the evening to make room for Lee's multi-year contract. Chriss showed how indispensable he is to the Warriors right now Tuesday, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. 

Chriss showed his potential in the first half, jamming an alley-oop pass from Dragan Bender over Kings big man Harry Giles. By the end of the half, he scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. 

The 22-year-old has played well since signing a multi-year deal last month. Chriss has averaged 18.4 points and 9.0 rebounds over his last five games. If he continues his current pace, he'll be an intriguing piece when the Warriors are healthy next season.

Watch Steph Curry mesmerize adorable baby Warriors fan with high five

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Watch Steph Curry mesmerize adorable baby Warriors fan with high five

Warriors fans intently watch Steph Curry during his pre-game shooting routine, especially now that the injured star is so close to returning to Golden State's lineup.

None, however, stared as intently at Curry on Tuesday at Chase Center as this adorable baby with primo floor access. 

Curry was kind enough to give the tiny fan one high five, but he completely left them hanging for a second! Steve Kerr said Saturday that news of Curry's participation in a scrimmage prompted a standing ovation from his teammates, but that was before the two-time MVP left a baby hanging. 

That probably won't diminish any excitement in Golden State's locker room, though, especially after Curry did Curry Things before the Warriors' game against the Kings on Tuesday. 

[RELATED: Klay shares moving tribute to Kobe after attending memorial]

Curry has not played since breaking his left hand on Oct. 30. Four months and two surgeries later, Kerr said "the hope" is that Curry returns to the Warriors' lineup Sunday against the Washington Wizards. 

The 31-year-old's hand will be re-evaluated Saturday, and he'll play if all goes well. Whether or not he's cleared, the Warriors at least know that his hand is capable of making a young fan's day.