Draymond Green rediscovers shooting touch in Warriors' Game 1 win vs. Clippers

Draymond Green rediscovers shooting touch in Warriors' Game 1 win vs. Clippers

OAKLAND -- For much of the regular season, Warriors forward Draymond Green faced what he'd like to call a "gimmicky" defense whenever he received the ball at the top of the key.

The defense, in which Green's man sags in the paint and dares the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year to take a shot, often led to a miss and easy transition opportunities for the other team.

In recent weeks, Green has made a habit of making teams pay for the open looks, shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc since the All-Star break. Now, after making two of his four 3-pointers in Saturday's 121-104 Game 1 win over the Clippers in their NBA first-round playoff series, Green is confident in the shot that once eluded him.

"Yeah, my s*** working now," said Green, who finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Finding a rhythm from beyond the arc has been a struggle for the last few seasons. After shooting a career-high 38.8 percent from 3-point range during the 2015-16 season, Green has seen his 3-point percentage dwindle in each subsequent campaign, bottoming out at 28.5 percent this year.

Green's struggles have allowed teams to adjust to his newfound shortcomings. Perhaps the greatest example of a team neglecting Green's role in Golden State's offense came in a Christmas Day matchup against the Lakers, when Los Angeles gave Green at least 10 feet to take his 3-point shot, making the forward hesitate.

“I’ve got to be better. I kind of f***ed our whole offense up, and it kinda messed the flow of the game up," Green said at the time. "I’ve just got to be better. …

"They was playing that gimmick defense, and I was really hesitant to shoot and hesitant to make plays. I just wasn’t aggressive enough. It allowed the gimmicks to work. And then it kinda threw everyone else out of a rhythm, and we never found a rhythm after that. … That gimmick defense, I should be able to pick that apart. I didn’t tonight.”

Coinciding with Green's poor shooting was his bad bill of health. Through Golden State's first 25 games, Green shot just 22.4 percent from beyond the arc, as he battled injuries to his knee, ankle and toe. 

However, following the All-Star break, Green found the shooting stroke that eluded him for nearly three years, averaging 37.1 percent from 3-point range for the last 24 games of the regular season. 

"I'm healthy," Green told NBC Sports Bay Area. "All year, I was battling injuries and my body just didn't feel good. I'm healthy, and that makes all the difference in the world. I missed a ton of time, and I was trying to find a rhythm." 

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On Saturday, the Clippers employed the "gimmick" defense once more, sagging forward Montrezl Harrell into the paint any time Green was at the top of the key. In response, Green made the Clippers pay. He sank his first two 3-pointers and yelled multiple obscenities toward LA's bench at Oracle Arena, loving every moment of the exchange. 

"You know, all season. I didn't really care," Green said. "But I love this time of year. My s*** work now, so whatever."

Steph Curry's latest Curry 6 colorway that's inspired by Oracle Arena

Steph Curry's latest Curry 6 colorway that's inspired by Oracle Arena

Steph Curry and the Warriors didn't send Oracle Arena out the way they had hoped, as they lost all three NBA Finals games in the building to the Toronto Raptors.

But Oracle still holds a huge place in Curry's heart.

That's why the latest colorway of his Curry 6 shoe is a tribute to the arena he called home for the first 10 years of his NBA career.

If you haven't blocked Game 6 of the NBA Finals from your memory, you may have noticed Curry wearing those shoes in the final game ever at Oracle.

The "Roaracle" colorway consists of green, red and orange, the colors of a decibel meter. The insole in the left shoe features the word "Roar," while the right insole has "This is our house" written on it.

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These Curry 6s will be released on Friday, June 21 for a retail price of $130.

If you want something that will remind you of the good times at Oracle, you should definitely pick up a pair of these Curry 6s.

Warriors assistant Chris DeMarco to coach Bahamas men's national team


Warriors assistant Chris DeMarco to coach Bahamas men's national team

Talk about a sweet gig.

Warriors assistant coach Chris DeMarco has been a consistent presence on Golden State's sideline over the last several years, over the course of which he's gotten plenty of championship experience.

Starting this summer, DeMarco will be taking that experience to the tropics. The Undefeated's Marc Spears reported Monday that DeMarcos has agreed in principle to become the head coach of the Bahamas Basketball Federations' senior men's national team.

DeMarco began with the Warriors as a video scout, and has ascended up the coaching ranks to his current position. He has previously served as an assistant coach for the Bahamas, and will now take over the reins when he doesn't have Golden State commitments.

While the Bahamas failed to qualify for the upcoming 2019 World Cup in China, there is no shortage of NBA talent originating from the islands, including Sacramento's Buddy Hield and Phoenix' DeAndre Ayton.

"There is a lot of potential for growth. It's crazy the talent they have with only 400,000 (people)," DeMarco told The Undefeated. "It's a tremendous opportunity."

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has Bahamian family ties through his father, Mychal, but neither he nor Rockets guard Eric Gordon are eligible to participate with the Bahamian national team due to their prior experience with USA Basketball. Still, the elder Thompson believes the DeMarco hire is a good one.

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"It's great for the Bahamas getting a coach with championship experience at the highest level of basketball," Thompson told The Undefeated. "He will bring a winning mentality and a great organizer."

DeMarco will be needed back in the Bay Area when the Warriors open up Chase Center at the start of next season. But until then, he can gain further coaching experience, and get a tan while he's at it.