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Draymond Green lost 23 pounds for Warriors' playoff run at Bob Myers' behest

Draymond Green lost 23 pounds for Warriors' playoff run at Bob Myers' behest

Draymond Green scored 17 points in Game 1 of the Warriors' first-round NBA playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

It should come as no surprise that Green is playing better now that the playoffs are here. After all, he did drop 23 pounds just for the occasion.

Yes, you read that right.

With Green struggling mightily through the first half of the season, Warriors general manager Bob Myers went to the forward after the All-Star break to suggest he try and slim down.

“Draymond,” Myers said then, via The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. “I’mma tell you something you may not want to hear.”

Green was ready.

“All right. I’m listening,” Green said.

“If we’re going to win a championship,” Myers said, “you’ve got to get in shape.”

While Myers prepared for his mercurial forward to explode, Green knew that's what he had to do. In fact, he already had a plan in place.

"Yeah, I start this strenuous regimen on March 6,” Green said. “It’ll take me like two weeks, maybe like 10 days, to really get to where I need to be.”

It worked as Green dropped 23 pounds over six weeks thanks to a strict diet and intense strength training regimen. He has seen his game rise as a result.

Over the final 17 regular-season games, Green held opponents to 37.2 percent shooting and has ramped it up in the playoffs, holding the Clippers to 36.6 percent when he's the primary defender. 

[RELATED: Draymond Green rediscovers shooting touch in Game 1]

Also of importance is Green's overall health. The forward battled knee, ankle and toe injuries throughout the early part of the season, but he finally is healthy and in peak shape. 

Of course, Green's improved play is even more paramount after DeMarcus Cousins' injury in Game 2.

With the center expected to miss the remainder of the playoffs, Green's presence on both ends of the floor will be all the more important if the Warriors are to win their third straight NBA title.

Ex-Warriors big Omari Spellman dominating for T-Wolves' G League team

Ex-Warriors big Omari Spellman dominating for T-Wolves' G League team

On Feb. 6, the Warriors traded Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The T-Wolves have had five games since, yet the big man hasn't suited up for any of them.

Why not? Because for some reason, he's been assigned to the Iowa Wolves in the G League.

Oddly enough, Spellman played in Santa Cruz against the Sea Dubs on Feb. 12, recording 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 28 minutes off the bench.

He started against the Salt Lake City Stars a week later, registering 20 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

And on Sunday against the South Bay Lakers, Spellman dominated to the tune of 32 points (11-for-20 overall, 6-for-11 3s), nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

The 22-year-old simply is too good for the G League, and he should be with Minnesota 100 percent of the time.

[RELATED: Spellman sends farewell message to Warriors fans on IG]

It's safe to assume something happened behind the scenes that hasn't been brought to light yet. We will update you should that information become available.

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Michael Jordan's meme joke at Kobe Bryant tribute makes Steph Curry laugh

Michael Jordan's meme joke at Kobe Bryant tribute makes Steph Curry laugh

Michael Jordan spoke at Kobe Bryant's memorial Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

And while it was an incredibly sad day, the six-time NBA champion did provide the world -- including Warriors superstar Steph Curry -- with a moment of levity during his speech.

The original "Crying Jordan" meme -- derived from a photo taken during the five-time NBA MVP's 2009 Hall of Fame induction -- hit the mainstream in 2015, and stuck around for several years.

"I told my wife I wasn't going to do this because I didn't want to see that for the next three or four years," Jordan said.

[RELATED: Why a certain compliment is Steph's favorite memory of Kobe]

RIP Kobe.

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