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Porzingis champing at the bit to face Draymond, eager for payback

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Porzingis champing at the bit to face Draymond, eager for payback

Draymond Green relishes every opportunity to prove his defensive worth, and the Warriors forward really seeks another level when facing a player of stature or preceded by hype.

Green’s next assignment, Thursday night at Oracle Arena, definitely fits both the profiles.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis is 7-foot-3, plays in New York and he’s so uniquely gifted that one of his nicknames is “the unicorn.”

As a rookie last season, Porzingis faced Green twice and both times was erased. The Latvian totaled eight points on 4-of-19 shooting in the two games, both Warriors routs. Green posted a triple-double – going 9-of-9 from the field – at Madison Square Garden and then held Porzingis to three points on 1-of-11 shooting when the Knicks came to Oakland.

Here comes Round 3, and Porzingis seems eager for payback.

“Last season, right after the game was over I was thinking when was the next time we were going to get a chance to play against them,” Porzingis told reporters Wednesday in San Francisco.

“I’m ready for him.”

Porzingis has been terrific this week, scoring 26 points against the Lakers on Sunday in Los Angeles, followed by 34 against the Suns on Tuesday in Phoenix. He’s averaging 20.6 points per game, second on the Knicks behind veteran star Carmelo Anthony (22.0).

But Green also has been fabulous, particularly on defense. His strip of Anthony Davis – which, upon next-day NBA review, was considered a foul – locked up a 113-109 win over the Pelicans on Monday in New Orleans.

“Both games he played really well defensively against me,’’ Porzingis said of Green. “So he’s one of the top defenders in the league. It’s going to be a challenge . . . but I’m really looking forward to it.

“We didn’t really talk about nothing,” Porzingis added in response to the possibility of trash talk. “But after games like that, you don’t even need anybody to talk to you. I want to go out there."

Andre Iguodala uses a CJ McCollum tweet to prove a point to Brandon Jennings

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Andre Iguodala uses a CJ McCollum tweet to prove a point to Brandon Jennings

It's mid-August and we are all bored right now.

We want the NBA regular season to arrive.

But since we can't speed the calendar up, we have to settle for some fun Twitter banter.

This time, it involved Andre Iguodala, Brandon Jennings and CJ McCollum.

It all started on Tuesday night when Jennings tweeted his Top 5 shooting guards ever, and Iguodala responded:

This led to a back-and-forth, and the following explanation:

Then on Wednesday morning, McCollum was back in the headlines (you can read about that here) -- which led to him tweeting:

Iguodala saw this tweet and assumed the four Hall of Famers McCollum was referencing were Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Iguodala assumed correctly.

Fun stuff!

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

Daryl Morey 'really curious' to see the Warriors with DeMarcus Cousins: 'Gonna be interesting'

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Daryl Morey 'really curious' to see the Warriors with DeMarcus Cousins: 'Gonna be interesting'

If you are alive and love basketball, you have an opinion about DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Warriors.

On Wednesday morning, Rockets GM Daryl Morey shared his thoughts:

"I was really curious. Bob (Myers) is really good at his job. He likes to take smart gambles like I do, so I understood the move," Morey said on The Dan Patrick Show. "But it's gonna be interesting. Coach Kerr is one of the best, too. It's a little scary. They'll probably figure out how to make it work, but it's a little bit hard on paper to figure out how to make it work.

"But we do that well and so do they. They're gonna be a tough out again, obviously. They're arguably the best team in NBA history. They're on their path to maybe be able to make that argument."

[RELATED: Kevin Durant reveals when he knew he was signing with Warriors, business partner says that's 'hardly factual']

It is fair to assume there will be some bumps along the way when it comes to assimilating Cousins.

If everybody is healthy and available, who closes games? If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are automatically on the floor during crunch time, that means either Andre Iguodala or Cousins will close the game on the bench.

It will be a balancing act for Kerr and the coaching staff...

The Warriors host the Rockets on Jan. 3 and Feb. 23 and play in Houston on Nov. 15 and March 13.

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