Kerr explains why Draymond logging big minutes at center vs Rockets is not a concern


Kerr explains why Draymond logging big minutes at center vs Rockets is not a concern

Draymond Green played just under 37 minutes in Game 1 vs the Rockets.

The "Hamptons 5" logged 17 minutes, which is 17 minutes of Draymond at center.

Kevon Looney shared the floor with Draymond for 14 minutes. And while Looney could be considered the center in that pairing, he was forced to play on the perimeter on many possessions when he got switched on to James Harden or Chris Paul.

David West only received four minutes, so ultimately, Draymond logged the majority of his minutes at the five (and you can expect that to continue throughout this series).

Is that more tiring for him?

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"No, because he's not battling anybody on the post," Steve Kerr told reporters after shootaround on Wednesday. "I think playing huge minutes at center for Draymond would be different against some of bigger low-post dominant centers.

"Capela is a great player, but he's a lob-catcher, he's a runner. So it's not a physical game down there. It's more about pick-and-roll -- which is what Draymond's forte is anyways -- getting out and switching and staying in front of people."

While it's true that Draymond isn't dealing with a center who gets the ball repeatedly and tries to back his way down and/or bully him, Draymond wasn't in a bunch of pick-and-roll situations in Game 1. It was Steph Curry and Looney who the Rockets repeatedly attacked in isolations.

Draymond spent most of his time battling Capela for rebounds.

In fact, Draymond racked up a ridiculous 18 box outs in Game 1.

Through the Warriors' first 10 playoff games, he averaged 10 box outs.

Capela -- who averaged a league-best 4.1 offensive rebounds through the first two rounds of the playoffs -- only had one in Game 1.

Ultimately, Kerr's logic is sound and makes sense.

Plus, let's be real -- Draymond is probably relishing all of the contact in the paint with Capela.

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

Charles Barkley leaves Steph Curry off his list of top five NBA players


Charles Barkley leaves Steph Curry off his list of top five NBA players

Surprise, surprise. Charles Barkley overlooked Steph Curry.


Yes, the same man who said a jump-shooting team could never win an NBA championship, the same man who predicted the Trail Blazers would represent the Western Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals (that one's still up in the air), drew the ire of many basketball fans Monday night when he listed his top five players currently in the NBA ...

... and left Curry off it.

His list?

Now, to be fair, it'd be tough to leave any of those guys off the list. But perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that he ignored Curry, the most diminutive -- physically, at least -- of the bunch.

Not that it matters, really. This isn't close to the craziest claim Chuck has ever made, and if you're expecting him to stop, well, don't hold your breath.

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Curry's next opportunity to prove Barkley wrong comes Wednesday when the Warriors attempt to close out the Clippers in Game 5.

Skip Bayless rips 'sour' Kevin Durant over comments on media attention

Skip Bayless rips 'sour' Kevin Durant over comments on media attention

Kevin Durant can become a free agent this summer, and if he hits the open market, he wants to be able to craft his own narrative.

The Warriors forward has been irritated with the media at various points this season, and he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock that reporters' constant attention on his upcoming free agency has irked him because, at the end of the day, it's his life and his story to tell. 

“That’s a hot topic,” Durant said of his free agency. “But you don’t have to talk about it. And then you don't have to get mad when I don’t want to talk about it. And then you don’t have to get mad when your little brain is roaming around, but you can’t find the correct answers. That’s bad journalism. That's not doing your job well.”

The two-time NBA Finals MVP also said he believes media is upset with the players who choose to tell their own story through various platforms rather than going through them.

Durant's comments were a hot topic across the sports world Tuesday, and they didn't sit particularly well with FOX Sports 1's Skip Bayless or Shannon Sharpe, who went at Durant on "Undisputed," calling the Warriors star "uninteresting" and claiming no one would notice if he were out for the playoffs.

"So, Kevin says, 'They need me,' " Bayless said. "No. Seriously, we don't. Do we need LeBron [James]? Yeah, I'm going to give you LeBron because trust me on this, Kevin Durant: LeBron James is 100 times more interesting than you are.

"I don't know what it is about LeBron James, born on Dec. 30, 1984, he and Tiger Woods have this in common. There's a force field that revolves around both of them, and I can't explain it because it's inexplicable. But stuff just keeps happening to both of them that is highly interesting. On a nightly basis, there's a subplot of every LeBron James game, and I miss him greatly. If Kevin Durant were out for the playoffs, nobody would really care -- I know he's been out for the playoffs, and nobody cared. Life goes on.

"The only thing interesting about Kevin off the court is, on a daily basis, what is he mad about today? What little unimportant thing is he mad about now, and why? That's all that's interesting about him because he always seems so sour. It's always downbeat with him."

Sharpe then went at Durant for what he saw as the Warriors star's "condescending tone" in the interview.

"Skip, the thing with me is the talking down," Sharpe said. "I mean, now Kevin Durant wants to be a Nobel Laureate. He wants to make people feel that he's so much smarter than you, that your brain is so small, you can't even begin to possibly imagine what's going on in my world with what I'm thinking about and what I'm feeling. I don't like the condescending tone."

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Durant's irritation with the media's questions has been somewhat puzzling. By signing a two-year contract with an opt-out after the first year, Durant left the door open for his exit. Since Durant is a two-time NBA Finals MVP, it's only natural the media would be interested in whether he'll decide to stay or leave.

Also, the questions Durant has faced are no different than the volume of questions faced by any other marquee star before they head into free agency. While there has been an excessive number of rumors swirling around Durant, it's the same situation James faced prior to last offseason. It's the same thing Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard have faced this season before they hit free agency.

As the Warriors continue their march to a third consecutive NBA title, the future of the dynasty will continue to be a topic of conversation with Durant's future in doubt. That's just the way it is.