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Draymond Green says it's not his job to tell Kevin Durant to shoot more

Draymond Green says it's not his job to tell Kevin Durant to shoot more

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

On March 24, Warriors star Kevin Durant only shot the ball six times in the Warriors' win over the Pistons.

"When it boils down to it we are going to need Kevin Durant taking more than six shots," Draymond Green told reporters after the game. "When its money time, we’re not going to have Kevin Durant taking six shots."

Well, in Golden State's Game 2 loss to the Clippers on Monday night, the four-time scoring champion only took eight shots (plus 12 free throws).

Is Draymond Green encouraging Durant to shoot more?

"I just encourage him to play basketball however he feel he should play it," the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year said after practice on Wednesday. "It's not really my job to decide what somebody else should do -- how they feel they should play the game of basketball.

"That's on them."

This response certainly doesn't scream "The Draymond-Durant relationship is in a great place right now." In fact, it makes it seem like it's the opposite.

Is Draymond trying to express his opinion to Durant only to have the message fall on deaf ears? Has KD told him to back off?

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole wrote on Tuesday:

This used to be where Draymond Green would step in and light a fire under Durant. That no longer is a credible option and hasn’t been since Draymond went full flamethrower on KD back in November. They’ve become teammates, period.

Does Steve Kerr think Durant could have been more aggressive in the second half of Game 2?

"Oh yeah. Yeah. Absolutely," he told reporters on Wednesday. "The guy's the most skilled basketball player on planet Earth. There's nobody who can do what he can do. Absolutely he needs to be more aggressive. It's the playoffs.

"He can get any shot he wants any time. I want to see him get 20 shots -- 30. It was a tough game for him. He had nine turnovers. It wasn't his night.

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"But like I said, he's the most skilled basketball player on Earth. And he's a champion, a two-time Finals MVP. This guy ... yeah. He'll be coming out tomorrow firing and ready to play."

Based on what Durant said to the media, it's entirely possible that the 10-time All-Star ends up with single-digit field goal attempts in Game 3.

"I'm not gonna go out there and just go shoot 20 or 30 shots," he explained. "I don't play like that. Every time I touch it, I'm not gonna just break the play. ... I'm gonna play basketball."

Enjoy the game tonight.

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Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

In light of the coronavirus outbreak putting all American sports on an indefinite pause, hot takes have become the topic du jour for fans relegated to their homes.

While joining “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young was pressed on the many comparisons the young point guard draws to Warriors star Steph Curry.

On the subject of taking over Curry’s title as the NBA’s most feared shooter, Young doesn’t think it will be long before he overtakes Steph.

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It’s hard to take any stock in this statement given how much Shaq pressed the 21-year-old to answer.

But Young’s talent is unmistakable, and there’s a chance we’ll see Young resetting the record books one day the way Curry has throughout his 11 years in the NBA.

A year though? I’d imagine Curry and his teammates would disagree with that timeline.

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Steph Curry forever has altered the game of basketball during his 11 seasons with the Warriors.

Shattering record after record, Curry became the face of the NBA’s evolution toward emphasizing the 3-pointer.

His unique qualities make him a difficult player to compare, but one that makes some sense is Hall of Famer Jerry West.

“With impact and accolades in the mix,” Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley writes. “Then “The Logo” Jerry West looks like the answer. Maybe that's why the basketball gods brought them together when West served as a consultant for Curry's Warriors for six seasons.

“It's not a perfect comparison -- Curry was a better dribbler, West a superior stopper who played without the 3-point line (added in 1979-80) -- but the 6'3" Curry and 6'2" West found their spots on the game's all-time hierarchy in similar ways.”

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West was an integral part of Golden State’s dynastic run through the 2010s, providing a sage voice for a front office unfamiliar with success.

What a sight it would have been to actually see those two line up across from each other in an NBA game.