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Draymond Green shrugs off Steve Kerr's comments: 'It don't bother me'

Draymond Green shrugs off Steve Kerr's comments: 'It don't bother me'

HOUSTON -- Two days after television cameras caught Steve Kerr saying he's "tired" of Draymond Green, the Warriors forward shrugged off any worry of friction between him and his coach.

"Nah, it don't bother me," Green said after practice Tuesday night. "[Thing] happens, it is what it is. I'm sure there's plenty of times coaches are tired of players, and sometimes players are tired of coaches. I don't take it personal -- it is what it is on that one."

During the fourth quarter of Sunday's 115-111 loss to the Suns, TV cameras caught Kerr talking to Warriors assistant Mike Brown and appearing to say something about being sick of Draymond during a timeout. Kerr's frustration stemmed from Green aggressively questioning officials' calls during the game, league sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole. Green, among other players, wanted more support from the Warriors' coaching staff regarding the officiating.

When asked about the exchange Monday, Kerr jokingly denied what was said in the conversation with Brown.

“The lip-readers were wrong,” he said. “What I said was, ‘I beg to differ with Draymond’s approach tonight.’ Those are my exact words. I don’t know how somebody misconstrued that.”

When pressed if he and Kerr cleared the air, Green brushed off the sentiment.

"There's nothing to clear," Green said. "Like I said, [things] happen. We live in a day and age where there's a camera everywhere. If anything, you know, be more conscious of that. As far as me needing to clear the air, there's no air to clear."

"Someone else's opinion on how they necessarily may feel ain't get me to where I am in the first place. So I don't really spend my time worried about how anyone feels. I think everyone is entitled to their own feelings and opinions, so I don't take anyone's feelings or opinions personal because it's just that for them, it's personal for them. So who am I to feel a way about how someone else may feel or feel in them?"

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The Warriors have had their share of drama this season -- from the exchange between Green and Kevin Durant, to a heated argument sideline between Kerr and Jordan Bell. What's noteworthy about Kerr's fiasco with Green is that it was an intimate moment between two coaches caught on camera, and, in the age of social media, became a big news story, a reality that didn't necessarily catch Green off guard.

"I'm not surprised," Green said. "If I am considered a millennial, that is the day and age of social media, and I know how news spreads like wildfire, so I'm not surprised at all."

Michael Malone used Clippers' Game 2 win over Warriors to inspire Nuggets

Michael Malone used Clippers' Game 2 win over Warriors to inspire Nuggets

When you're getting your clock cleaned, sometimes you need something to inspire you to keep trying.

On Tuesday night, while his Nuggets were losing big in Game 2 to the Spurs, head coach Michael Malone used the Warriors' Game 2 loss to the Clippers to motivate his team.

"There was a timeout midway through the third quarter, I thought it was a pivotal point in the game," Malone told the media in Denver after the game. "We're down by 16 points and I could see it on some of the guys faces, you know, which way is this game going to go? And I reminded them we have 18 minutes to go. I reminded them what the Clippers did last night and how much basketball was left. It's only going to happen if we believe, we commit and we fight and we attack. And the guys took it to heart and we closed the game out I think on a 57-32 run from that point on."

A night earlier, the Warriors blew a 31-point lead at home against the Clippers, the largest blown lead in NBA playoff history.

As Malone stated, his speech worked. The Nuggets rallied for a 114-105 win to tie the series 1-1.

The Warriors and Nuggets, the top two seeds in the Western Conference, aren't breezing through the first round of the playoffs as expected.

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Based on what happened on Monday night, the Warriors may be the ones in need of an inspirational speech.

Is Malone available?

Tim Hardaway, Kevin Durant on same page about Warriors’ game strategy

Tim Hardaway, Kevin Durant on same page about Warriors’ game strategy

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

Kevin Durant took just eight shots in the Warriors' Game 2 loss to the Clippers. He did attempt 12 free throws, however, and ended up scoring 21 points. 

"I'm not gonna go out there and just go shoot 20 or 30 shots," he explained to reporters after practice Wednesday. "I don't play like that. Every time I touch it, I'm not gonna just break the play. ... I'm gonna play basketball. We won Game 1 that way. We were up [31] in Game 2."

Durant's and-one dunk with 7:31 left in the third quarter gave the Warriors a 94-63 lead. With Curry on the bench in foul trouble, Golden State did look to run the offense through the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP.

Things didn't work out as planned on this possession:

But a couple minutes later, Durant was alert and ready to take advantage of a Clippers breakdown:

Shortly thereafter, an aggressive-minded Durant got physical with Patrick Beverley and was whistled for two very questionable offensive fouls. 

During a radio appearance Tuesday, former Golden State point guard Tim Hardaway was asked if the Warriors should have KD try to repeatedly punish the smaller Patrick Beverley on the block.

"As a team, you can't let one player get your team out of sync. You gotta run your offense. You gotta run your offense the way you've been running your offense all year long," the five-time All-Star said. "If you keep posting up Durant -- you're letting the Clippers dictate the game.

"You're telling them we're gonna run a different offense than we normally run. No. Keep running your offense."

Hardaway and Durant are very much on the same page.

"I got a pest, Patrick Beverley, who's up underneath me," KD described. "I could definitely shoot over the top and score every time if it's a 1-on-1 situation. But we got a guy that's dropping and helping, and then we got another guy that's just sitting on me and waiting for me to dribble the basketball. 

"I'm not gonna get in the way of the game because I want to have a little back-and-forth with Patrick Beverley. I'm Kevin Durant. You know who I am. Y’all know who I am."

Here's a perfect example of what KD is talking about:

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Durant didn't take a shot here, but he certainly wasn't passive or tentative. Just because you only attempt eight field goals doesn't mean you were tentative.

But one thing everybody can agree on is that nine turnovers is way too many.

How will Durant approach Game 3? It's safe to assume he won't be taking advice from Tracy McGrady.

Thursday night can't get here soon enough.

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