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Draymond Green, Klay Thompson named All-Star reserves

Draymond Green, Klay Thompson named All-Star reserves

The Warriors, for the second time in franchise history, will be sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game.

Forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson were added Thursday as Western Conference All-Star reserves and will be joining teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, both of whom were voted in as starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 19 in New Orleans.

Coach Steve Kerr and his staff also will be in charge of the Western Conference team for the second time in three seasons.

Green is making his second appearance in the game, while Thompson will be going for the third consecutive year.

Green leads the Warriors in rebounding, assists and steals. He is averaging 10.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.93 steals and 1.41 blocked shots.

Thompson ranks third on the team in scoring, at 21.1 points per game. He 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

The Warriors also sent four players to the All-Star Game in 1968, when guard Jim King, forward Rudy LaRusso, forward Clyde Lee and center Nate Thurmond were named to the squad coached by Warriors coach Bill Sharman.

Five other players were named as Western Conference reserves: center DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers, Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies, forward Gordon Hayward of the Jazz, center DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings, guard Russell Westbrook of the Thunder.

Steph Curry wanted a lob pass for a dunk, Kevin Durant said 'Nah son'

Steph Curry wanted a lob pass for a dunk, Kevin Durant said 'Nah son'

Programming note: Watch Wednesday's Warriors-Jazz game streaming live at 6 p.m. PT on the MyTeams app.

With a little less than seven minutes remaining in the third quarter on Monday night, Steph Curry made a pretty sweet reverse layup off a great pass from Kevin Durant. But that description doesn't tell the whole story.

You see, Curry wanted Durant to throw the ball towards the rim so the two-time MVP could throw down a vicious alley-oop. We know this because Curry pointed in the air and started to gear up for his leap to the basket, but Durant had other ideas:

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The Instagram account @warriorstalk posted the video with the caption: "Steph called for the lob. #Icon"

Shortly after the game ended, Kevin Durant left the comment: "Nah son go ahead and lay that lol." A terrific response from the two-time Finals MVP.

According to NBA.com, Curry has never attempted an alley-oop dunk in his career. But he did make an alley-oop layup once back in 2015-16.

Somebody needs to find that footage...

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

NBA refs respond after Andre Iguodala tweets about James Harden's stepback

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NBA refs respond after Andre Iguodala tweets about James Harden's stepback

When Andre Iguodala slides into your mentions, you listen.

After James Harden got away with an obvious travel in the final minute of Monday night’s Rockets-Jazz game, the twitterverse was abuzz with Harden’s “double stepback” that essentially sealed the win for Houston.

Iguodala himself weighed in, letting the refs know they missed the call late Monday night following the Warriors 110-93 win over the Grizzlies.

And guess what? The NBA refs official twitter account responded Tuesday morning and admitted that it was, in fact, a travel.

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Harden’s go-to stepback move is already difficult enough to guard, but a double stepback? Iguodala knew better than to think that was a legal play, and the refs agreed with him...in retrospect.

We can only hope that the officials get the call right the first time if the Rockets and Warriors square off again in the playoffs. 

If not, get ready for more backlash than just a simple tweet from Iguodala and the Dubs.