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Draymond Green's struggles should be 'five-alarm concerning,' Nick Wright says

Draymond Green's struggles should be 'five-alarm concerning,' Nick Wright says

Draymond Green said it several times himself after the Warriors' blowout loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night.

"I gotta be better," Green, who is shooting 22.4 percent from 3-point range this season, told the media.

And, for “First Things First” host Nick Wright, he believes the Warriors should be extremely worried about Green's offensive struggles this season.

"The Draymond stuff should be five-alarm concerning for the Warriors because, when they were 73-9 without Kevin Durant, that year, he was 14, 10 and seven on 39 percent from 3," Wright said Wednesday morning on FS1. "39 percent. It was one of the reasons they were unguardable. Their worst shooter was still shooting nearly 40 percent from 3.

“The last two years, with KD, that 14, 10 and seven dropped to 11, 8 and seven on 31 percent from 3. And this year, it's seven, eight and seven on 22 percent from 3. And they are guarding him like he's [Clippers center] Boban Marjanovic out there. They're giving him 15 feet of room and saying, 'Do whatever you want offensively. We don't care because you don't scare us.' And he is right it. It is clogging their offense.

“The Lakers’ entire defensive game plan yesterday was revolving around, 'We don't have to guard one of your guys.' “

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Over the weekend, it appeared Green had found his shot. He made four of his nine 3-point attempts in wins over the Mavericks and the Clippers. But, on Christmas, the Lakers dared Green to shoot, and he missed all three of his 3-point attempts and shot 2 of 7 from the field overall, finishing with just four points.

"We just gotta be better. I gotta be better," Green said after the loss. "I kind of f***** our whole offense up, and it kinda messed up the flow of the game, so I just gotta be better."

The Lakers refused to guard Green any time he caught the ball behind the arc, and that appeared to get in his head late in the game.

"They were playing that gimmick defense," Green told the media. "I was really hesitant to shoot and hesitant to make plays, wasn't aggressive enough, and it allowed the gimmicks to work, and it kind of threw everyone else out of a rhythm and we never found a rhythm after that, so I'll take this one, but I just gotta be better. The gimmick defense, I should be able to pick that apart. I didn't tonight."

Since becoming a full-time starter during the 2014-15 season, Green has never averaged less than 10.2 points per game. This season, Green is averaging 7.1. For the Warriors to get back to their dominant ways, they will need Green to find his confidence on offense and start knocking down those wide open 3-pointers. Once he makes defense start guarding him again, it should open up the floor for his teammates.

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Every Warriors fan remembers exactly where they were when Klay Thompson saved Golden State's season in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City.

I was in Nashville, Tenn., for a cousin's wedding, unable to watch the thriller on TV. I had to follow along on Twitter.

With the 73-win Warriors on the verge of being eliminated by the Thunder, Thompson went thermonuclear with a single-game NBA playoff record 11 3-pointers. He finished with 41 points, and "Game 6 Klay" was born.

It's one of the most iconic performances in Bay Area sports history.

But does it belong on the Mount Rushmore of best Bay Area performances? Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes so, and he explained why Friday during an interview with 95.7 The Game.

"Just one of the most incredible, clutch performances in such a desperate moment," Kerr said on the "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" show. "We were really dominated for most of those series, and we were just hanging on for dear life in that game, down eight or 10 for most of the game. I've watched that game several times since, and it's almost impossible to fathom what Klay did and what he was able to do individually in that game to pull the game for us. It was just an amazing performance."

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Thompson's performance allowed the Warriors to return home for a Game 7, where they knocked off the Thunder to advance to a second straight NBA Finals.

In terms of best Bay Area performances or moments, I would lock in Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC, Madison Bumgarner's Game 7 relief outing against the Kansas City Royals in 2014, and the Joe Montana-Dwight Clark "The Catch" from the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The fourth member of this list is open for debate. Could it be Travis Ishikawa's pennant-winning homer in 2014? Steph Curry's 37-point performance in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals? Kevin Durant's dagger 3-pointer in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers? Montana's Super Bowl XXIII-winning pass to John Taylor? Montana's five-touchdown performance in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIV win? Steve Young's six-touchdown effort in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX win over the San Diego Chargers? Edgar Renteria's two-run homer in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series? Cal-Stanford's "The Play" in 1982? Something else?

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Bay Area sports fans, tell us which four individual postseason performances or moments you would carve into your Mount Rushmore.

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Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

The last decade was littered with some of the greatest MVP seasons in NBA history.

From Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 becoming the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to LeBron James taking his game to new heights during the 2012-13 season, there was no shortage of singular campaigns to remember. Of course, Warriors star Steph Curry was plenty unprecedented on his own, becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2015-16 and the only player other than James to win the award multiple times in the 2010s.

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Curry's MVP wins will stand the test of time, but where do those campaigns stand among his award-winning peers' in the last 10 years? Here's how I ranked the MVP-winning seasons of the 2010s, starting with arguably the biggest outlier among the bunch. 

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