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

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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?

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast: Curry's defense on Harden; Rockets smart to attack Looney?]

"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

David West now out of the mix? Steve Kerr explains Warriors rotations in Game 3

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David West now out of the mix? Steve Kerr explains Warriors rotations in Game 3

David West was in uniform on Sunday night.

But he did not receive any playing time.

Jordan Bell got the nod over West.

"Honestly, I wasn't exactly sure how I was gonna play the backup-five role," Kerr told reporters after the Warriors' 41-point win. "We went into the game thinking we're gonna see how the game goes and adapt from there.

"When Looney got in foul trouble, I just wanted to stay with our more mobile defenders on the perimeter, and so I went to Jordan instead of David.

"But that doesn't mean David's out of the loop by any means. We're gonna still need him in this series, and if we're fortunate enough to move on, we'll need him in the next one."

In Game 1, West played only four minutes and was a plus-4.

In Game 2, the 37-year old played six minutes and was a minus-6.

With the way the Rockets spread the floor and fire up 3-pointers, it's a tough matchup for West.

“Houston epitomizes the modern NBA -- 3-point shooting all over the floor, pick-and-rolls,” Kerr told reporters on Saturday. “A guy like David, we gotta pick and choose his spots.”

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

Draymond breaks down Curry's performance, 'that's what makes him more than anything'

Draymond breaks down Curry's performance, 'that's what makes him more than anything'

Draymond Green was not too impressed with Steph Curry's Game 3 outburst.

And that's not in reference to his "this is my fu**ing house" declaration in the third quarter.

"I think he had a great quarter, but I don't mean to disappoint -- but I've seen crazier from him (laughing)," Draymond told reporters. "But it was good to see."

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast: 'This is my fu**ing house' -- Curry explodes in Game 3]

In the first half, Curry scored just nine points and went 1-for-7 from deep.

In the second half, the two-time MVP exploded for 26 points and went 4-for-5 from 3-point territory.

Draymond knows why Curry is able to break out like he did in the third quarter.

"Very mentally tough. I think that's what makes him more than anything," the reigning Defensive Player of the Year said. "His physical toughenss is definitely underrated. He's one of the most competitive people I've ever been around. But his mental toughness -- you can't be that great of a scorer or great of a shooter without mental toughness because you're always going to face obstacles when it comes to shooting.

"Next shot mentality and that was big tonight ... that's something that's kind of been the key to his career -- his mental toughness. He didn't come in with everybody saying, 'Steph Curry would be who he is today.'

"Everybody questioned who he'd be, so that's one of his strengths for sure."

[RELATED: Sonya Curry scolds Steph, tells him 'to wash my mouth out' with soap]

Steve Kerr was also asked about Curry's toughness.

"Steph is underrated for the toughness factor," Kerr explained. "You don't become a two-time MVP just by shooting a bunch of 3s. He's got unbelievable stamina and physical toughness. Mental toughness -- you know, for four days everybody's been talking about him. What he did tonight didn't surprise any of us because that's just who he is.

"He's got unbelievable character and great talent and it always rises when it needs to."

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