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Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant wishes more NBA officials had a better grasp of the language of the game.

They don’t seem to understand that “trash talk” almost always is little more than an act in which healthy emotions are released. It’s as much of the game on the court as pointing out a bad haircut or a fashion error in the locker room.

“I was raised that if you weren’t talking on the court, then something (bad) is going on,” Durant said after Warriors practice on Friday.

Durant caught a glimpse of the chatter earlier this week between former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook and Houston guard Patrick Beverley in decisive Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets series and was disappointed when the officials slapped each with a technical foul.

“I was like, ‘Man, just play on. It’s a part of the game,’” Durant said.

Though Durant himself is not a premier trash-talker, he plays alongside one in fellow forward Draymond Green.

“That’s why we started playing, to talk a little s--- here and there,” said Durant, who grew up in the Washington D.C. area. “Draymond is really good at it. There are a lot of guys in the league that are good. More guys are quiet now than before.

“But s--- talking is a part of the game. I love it. It’s fun when you’re on the same team as a guy that does it. And then, when you’re playing against it, it’s even better because it brings the best out of you.”

For Durant, there always will be a place for trash talk on the court. Not only did he experience it while growing up but he also was indoctrinated in the practice from the moment he arrived in the NBA in 2007.

He recalls, with fondness, being targeted as a rookie by Kevin Garnett and a few other Celtics.

“When I came into the league, that’s when the Celtics had just got together,” Durant said. “Paul Pierce and KG and those guys talked bad to me as a rookie. I was 19. And they talked so bad to me. And I was talking right back. It was just a fun exchange. That’s what basketball is about.”

Now if only he could get officials to realize this.

Draymond Green addresses Kevin Durant drama, issues message to NBA

Draymond Green addresses Kevin Durant drama, issues message to NBA

Programming note: Watch Thursday night's Warriors-Rockets game streaming live at 5 p.m. PT on the MyTeams app.

Following shootaround on Thursday, Draymond Green addressed the drama surrounding him and Kevin Durant for the first time.

He didn't dive into specifics about what he and the two-time Finals MVP discussed behind closed doors. But Draymond did make it clear he is not going to change who he is.

He also sent out something of a warning message to the rest of the NBA.

"What you must know though is -- everybody in this organization, not myself, not Kevin, not anybody else -- is gonna beat us. So, if you're one of them other 29 teams in the league, you gotta beat us. We're not gonna beat us. 

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"We're gonna continue to do what we do. I'm sorry if that ruins everybody's stories. I know everybody got a job to do ... if this only makes Kevin, myself and the rest of my teammates stronger, that's what it's gonna do.

"If you think you saw something before, good luck with us now. We're not gonna crumble off of an argument."

Well OK then.

The 2017 Defensive Player of the Year refused to answer any questions about his relationship with Warriors management/ownership. Draymond is reportedly going to appeal the $120,000 fine he received from Golden State.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steve Kerr explains why Steph Curry out longer than Warriors anticipated

Steve Kerr explains why Steph Curry out longer than Warriors anticipated

Programming note: Watch tonight's Warriors-Rockets game streaming live at 5 p.m. PT on the MyTeams app.

Last Thursday vs the Bucks, Steph Curry sustained a mild to moderate left groin strain. He missed the Warriors' last three games, and the team announced on Wednesday that he would be re-evaluated in 10 days.

That means he is slated to miss the next five games -- tonight at Houston, Saturday at Dallas, Sunday at San Antonio, Wednesday vs Oklahoma City and Friday vs Portland. It's possible that he returns next Saturday vs the Kings.

"It's taking longer than we first anticipated," Steve Kerr told reporters after shootaround this morning. "But that's because the original MRI didn't show anything terrible. I think I referred to it as encouraging, but as Rick (Celebrini) explained to me, symptoms are the most important thing. And sometimes symptoms and the MRI don't fit -- it's not always going to be perfect.

"So we're basing this on symptoms. Groin injuries are tricky. He's definitely out for the rest of this trip. He's getting better each day and it's great to have him on the trip while we're going through this adversity that we've hit. Steph is always a guy who smooths out bumps and keeps us rolling, so it's great to have him."

Adversity? What adversity? The Warriors are completely drama free right now (sarcasm font).

Curry is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds so far this season, while shooting 51.5 percent overall and 49.2 percent from deep.

"We're gonna be very, very careful and obviously he's gonna need plenty of court time before he returns," Kerr added. "When I say court time, I mean live action. He hasn't had that."

Don't hurry back, Steph. But also... hurry back.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller