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Kerr, Draymond ticked about tech vs Jazz: 'It makes no sense'

Kerr, Draymond ticked about tech vs Jazz: 'It makes no sense'

OAKLAND – Draymond Green was whistled for another technical foul Tuesday night, his sixth of the season. The Warriors forward wasn’t happy about it, and neither was his coach.

Green’s transgression, as decided by lead official John Goble, was hanging on the rim after dunking to punctuate a one-man coast-to-coast fast break with 2:07 left in the second quarter of a 104-74 thrashing of the Utah Jazz.

“I was upset because Draymond was going a million miles an hour on that play,” said Kerr, who protested vigorously enough to nearly get his own technical foul. “That was the play of the game. He blew past all nine guys and dunked it. He’s flying in. If he lets go of the rim, he’s going to break his neck.

“It makes zero sense to give a guy a T when he’s flying in and has to grab onto the rim, and hold onto the rim, to protect himself.”

Green was in traffic when he was hanging from the rim in a way that he has dozens of times before. Officials generally give latitude when player safety may be at risk.

Not this time.

“I don’t get it,” Kerr said. “I don’t understand. It’s about safety. It made no sense to me to give him a technical. So that’s why I was upset.”

Unable to understand the call, Green threw a mini-fit, which may have been more deserving of a technical foul that the actual charge of hanging on the rim.

“I can’t run full speed and just come straight back down without breaking my neck,” Green said. “So it’s neither here nor there.”

“A lot of people hang on the rim just to hang. If you’re going full speed, 94 feet, I don’t know many guys that are just coming straight back down. But maybe that’s . . . I don’t know.”

That moment may have only served to fire up Green, who came back in the second half to own the floor, scoring more points (11) after halftime than anybody on either team. He finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in DeMarcus Cousins' debut vs. Clippers

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in DeMarcus Cousins' debut vs. Clippers

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LOS ANGELES -- On a night when DeMarcus Cousins was the show and the Warriors were the sideshow, the defending NBA champions walked out of Staples Center in triumph.

After a mundane first half, the Warriors turned up the defense in the third quarter and went on to their seventh consecutive win, putting away the Clippers 112-94.

Though Stephen Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant totaled 24, no one made a more overall impact than Draymond Green, who had seven points, eight rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one block. He was a team-best plus-24 over 29 minutes.

Here are three takeaways from Cousins’ first game with the Warriors:

Boogie’s night

As expected for someone who has missed a year of playing basketball, there was both good and bad elements to Cousins’ game. Most of it was good.

The good: His shot is fine -- certainly his 3-ball. No Warrior shot them better. He scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 3 of 4 from deep. He also grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists.

The bad: He ran fairly well, but his endurance will take some time. His worst look was tossing up a 12-foot “Eurostep” floater that went about 11 feet. It was much too ambitious.

The obvious: He’ll get no break from officials. He fouled out in 15 minutes.

The take: All in all, Cousins is off to a pretty good start.

Triples trouble

The Warriors of late have been burying opponents under a barrage of 3-pointers, shooting in volume and making a high percentage.

Not so on this night.

The Warriors were 9 of 37 from beyond the arc. They missed open looks, contested attempts and on a couple that practically went down before spinning out or bouncing off.

Curry was 3 of 11, Durant 2 of 7, Thompson 0 of 4 and Green 0 of 4.

The reserves, as a group, were 1 of 7.

After shooting 42 percent or better from beyond the arc in their previous four games, the Warriors were a cool 24.3 percent Friday.

Defense on demand

Despite not playing especially well at either end, the Warriors went into the locker room at halftime with a 52-51 lead. They knew there was more there, particularly against a team missing two of its three top scorers (Danilo Gallinari left after playing eight minutes, and Lou Williams did not play).

So when the Warriors came out for the third quarter, they got defensive. Limiting L,A, to 1-of-11 shooting in the first five minutes of the second half, the Warriors pushed the lead to 66-53.

The Clippers rallied, pulling as close as six late in the third quarter before the Warriors opened the fourth with two 3-pointers by Cousins and another by Andre Iguodala.

In essence, the Warriors spent much of the night toying with the Clippers before getting serious and putting them out of their misery. They generally seem to know when they can get away with five great minutes of defense.

Doc Rivers explains his mixed feelings on DeMarcus Cousins' NBA return

Doc Rivers explains his mixed feelings on DeMarcus Cousins' NBA return

LOS ANGELES -- Clippers coach Doc Rivers is happy for DeMarcus Cousins joining the Warriors, but he also joked that he might not think it’s fair.

When asked Friday what he expected from Cousins’ Warriors debut, Rivers predicted the center would be ready. Of course, he didn’t admit that without a little humor.

“I hope he’s awful,” Rivers said. “No seriously, my guess is because he’s on their team, he’s been able to get 100 percent more than if he was on another team where they need him right away.

“That’s my guess. I don’t know anything about it. My guess is he’ll be ready to play and he’ll play pretty well.”

Rivers continued explaining that he believes Golden State was the perfect spot where Cousins could take his time returning to the court. He recounted his first impression when he heard the news that Cousins would be joining the Warriors. 

“Honestly, and I hate to say this,” Rivers said, “I said good for him. You know, I love the league and I like players. He had an awful injury. That’s how I look at it personally. 

“And he was in a really ridiculous spot. Had he been healthy, he would have signed a big contract that would have taken care of him, maybe for life.” 

The strength of the Warriors' roster allowed the team and Cousins to be patient with his return. It also might help Cousins in more than just rehabilitation of his Achilles. 

“He gets injured, so it's kind of funny,” Rivers added. “I was looking at all the teams and thinking this was the only team. It was the perfect team for him to rehabilitate where they wouldn’t rush him, for him to come back.

“He has a chance to rehabilitate his image in some ways as well,” Rivers said. “It’s a good spot for him."

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After a significant pause, Rivers added a final zinger:

“And then I thought, wow, that’s not right.”