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Draymond Green reveals how Kevin Durant incident helped him change demeanor

Draymond Green reveals how Kevin Durant incident helped him change demeanor

Draymond Green has been a different player of late in the playoffs.

The Warriors forward has become known for his demonstrative attitude toward officials, often leading the NBA in technical fouls. 

But the three-time NBA All-Star has been focused and in control during the Warriors' Western Conference finals battle with the Portland Trail Blazers. While he credits that to wanting to set a good example for his son, Draymond Jr., he also mentioned the impact the public altercation he had with Kevin Durant earlier this season had on him. 

On Sunday, Green told reporters what Durant said to him after the fact that never left his mind.

“It’s funny because when the stuff happened with Kevin earlier this year,” Green said, “he said, like, ‘Everybody is giving you this pass like, oh, that’s just Draymond. He’s emotional.’

“But (Durant) said to me then, like, ‘You’re not emotional. I’ve seen you lock in and not say a word to the referees. I’m not giving you that pass.’ That’s kind of stuck with me.”

It turns out the incident wasn't all bad.

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With Durant and DeMarcus Cousins out with injuries, Green has propelled the Warriors to a three-games-to-zero series lead against the Blazers in the best-of-seven series.

Green did it all in Golden State's Game 3 win. He pushed the pace from the opening tip and his energy kept the Warriors afloat and allowed them the opportunity to come back and grab a 110-99 win.

Thanks, KD.

How Kevin Durant reacted to Ja Morant jabbing Steph Curry on Twitter

How Kevin Durant reacted to Ja Morant jabbing Steph Curry on Twitter

Two weeks ago, Warriors superstar Steph Curry and Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant made headlines because of a little social media spat regarding Andre Iguodala.

There wasn't any legit beef, however, as the two exchanged friendly DMs to clear the air.

Hey Kevin Durant -- why do you think Morant chose to tweet a picture of you holding the NBA Finals MVP trophy?

"I don't know. There's always been speculation about what my place was on the team, or what I meant to the team," the two-time NBA Finals MVP told Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks. "I don't think that got anybody on the Warriors upset that he posted a picture of me. 

"We're all brothers and we won championships together. It wasn't anything more than just a little jab I guess."

But what about the narrative that Golden State only won the title in 2017 and 2018 because of you?

"They got narratives for everything," KD said. "There's a lot of stuff the casual fan don't get about the game. So they make a lot of speculation on what they see. It's not the whole picture."

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Correct.

OK. Let's move on. Nothing more to see here.

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NBA mock draft: Warriors linked to Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman

NBA mock draft: Warriors linked to Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman

After five straight trips to the NBA Finals, and three titles, the Warriors are headed for the lottery in the 2020 NBA Draft, and likely a top-five pick. 

Golden State currently has the worst record in the NBA at 12-43, and things aren't about to get easier. The Warriors have the third-hardest schedule in the league coming out of the All-Star break. While this likely won't help their win total, it could increase their chances of choosing at the top of this June's draft. 

The Warriors currently are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks for the worst record in the NBA. So, if they do keep their pick and land at the top of the draft, who might the Dubs have their eyes on?

Here's a roundup of prospects projected to be taken by the Warriors, with two players standing out. 

James Wiseman, C, Memphis

ESPN's Jonathan Givony has the Warriors selecting Wiseman with the No. 2 pick in the draft. Wiseman, 18, left Memphis in December after three games as a freshman. 

The talented center had missed seven games of a 12-game suspension stemming from an NCAA investigation when he announced his plan to leave the program. He later signed with Excel Sports, ending his college eligibility. 

Wiseman, 7-foot-1 and 240 pounds, averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in his short college career. He certainly fits a positional need for the Warriors as an athletic center who can run the floor when full engaged. 

Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia

Edwards is the consensus top pick right now in what is considered a weak, top-heavy draft. Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman, NBADraftNet and Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo already sent Edwards to the Warriors in their latest mock draft. 

Here's what Wasserman and Woo had to say about the top prospect. 

Wasserman: "Team fit could ultimately play a key role in Edwards' development, and he'd benefit greatly from going to Golden State, where his shot selection would naturally tighten and the positive culture would be good for his growth." 

Woo: "You draft him hoping he’s moldable, and Edwards brings so much to the table in terms of strength and coordination that it could be worth it."

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Edwards, 18, is averaging 19.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for a 12-13 Georgia team. At 6-5 and 225 pounds, he has a muscle-bound NBA body but is shooting just 40.6 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from deep. 

If the Warriors do have the top pick in the draft, they will have an interesting decision to make, to say the least.