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Steph Curry defends Draymond Green, 'there are certain situations...'

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Steph Curry defends Draymond Green, 'there are certain situations...'

UPDATE (1:47PM on Monday) -- The NBA fined Draymond Green $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, the league announced.

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On Saturday against the Clippers, Draymond Green picked up his league-leading 11th technical foul.

Following shootaround on Monday, Steph Curry was asked if he feels like Draymond receives an "unfair shake" sometimes.

"I do," Curry told reporters. "There are certain situations where he has a certain mannerism about him, a certain disposition, that is different from other people. I've been on the court when just looking around like, 'Why did he get a tech?' He didn't say anything, he didn't do anything demonstrative. I've seen way worse; had a blind eye turned to it.

"And Draymond would admit there's been situations on the other side where he's gone overboard and they've handled it accordingly. It's a give and take, but there have been more than enough instances where he's tried to compose himself and tried to have that communication and he's not given the benefit of the doubt. 

"I can see his frustration and I know he's doing things internally to help make sure that he's kind of clear-minded on the floor. And knows how to control himself or control his passion and direct it towards helping us win."

After the game in Los Angeles, Draymond had some strong words regarding the state of affairs between NBA players and the officials.

“It's bad. It's horrible. It's really bad," the Defensive Player of the Year told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "I don't know why it is. But I think it's ridiculous. It's ruining the game. … It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should.

“They can get a new crop (of referees), a whole new crop. Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don't work that way.”

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported just before Christmas:

Roberts and Seham agreed to put together an informal All-Star Weekend meeting in Los Angeles with a small group of top players and referees to talk directly about the state of referee and player relations.

If Draymond receives a 16th technical, he will be suspended one game.

Another one-game suspension would trigger if he gets an 18th (same with 20, 22, 24, etc.)

"At the end of the day, as long as we understand that refs are humans just like we are -- they're gonna make mistakes," Curry said on Monday. "And in the heat of battle, we're gonna have emotional responses ... if I come to you and I want to talk about it and I'm not cussing you out or embarrassing you in any sense, then hopefully that communication can happen. And we can move on after that.

"That's what we're all trying to get to."

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

NBA rumors: Could Kevin Durant return from torn Achilles this season?

NBA rumors: Could Kevin Durant return from torn Achilles this season?

Could Kevin Durant make his Chase Center debut this season after all? 

Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon in his last game as a Warrior in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 10, and the Brooklyn Nets star was expected to miss the entirety of the upcoming NBA season while he recovered. The New York Post's Brian Lewis reported Saturday that many around the league don't expect that to be the case. 

The Nets will make their first visit to the Warriors' new arena in San Francisco on March 12, 2020. That will be just over nine months after Durant first tore his Achilles, and the 276 days between NBA games would put Durant within the range of other basketball stars who returned from the injury within a calendar year. 

[RELATED: Klay should sit out two years, one top knee doctor says]

Durant, who announced he would join the Nets before free agency officially began, playing at Chase Center in one of his first games back from the injury would add plenty of intrigue to the building's inaugural season. The superstar recently admitted that he never really felt like he fit in the Warriors locker room, and Durant's criticism of Steve Kerr's offense serves as further proof that Durant was unsettled during his three-season tenure in the Bay Area. 

As a result, Durant's short Warriors stint will loom large as long as he remains sidelined. If he's able to return from injury in time to suit up at Chase Center in a Nets uni next March, he'll have a chance to turn the page in what instantly would become one of the most-anticipated matchups of the NBA season. 

Warriors' Klay Thompson should sit out two years, top knee doctor says

Warriors' Klay Thompson should sit out two years, top knee doctor says

We’ve seen plenty of footage of Klay Thompson walking around enjoying his summer vacation, but according to one knee doctor, the Warriors star should sit out the next two years to ensure he returns to form.

Dr. Tim Hewett, who consulted the Mayo Clinic and has studied the biomechanics of the knee for years, published a study that concluded athletes who tear their ACL should not return to action for two years. 

It’s worth noting that Dr. Hewett has not done any kind of consulting or in-person evaluation of Thompson’s injury.

“Please do share that with Klay,” Dr. Hewett told Heavy.com. “This is not my opinion. People say to me, ‘Well, that is your opinion, there are other opinions.’ No, I deal in science and I deal in fact. People don’t like to hear it but it does not change the facts, and that facts are that you’re at risk for re-injury before two years and you won’t be the same player in the first year.”

Thompson suffered the injury in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, and both he and the Warriors have not committed to a firm timetable for his return to the court.

[RELATED: Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over']

Klay's father, Mychal, said this summer that he expects his son to be back on the court “late next season.”

While Warriors fans likely want to see Klay back in uniform as soon as possible, it's also imperative that he's 100 percent before he jumps back into a live NBA game.