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Steph Curry, Steve Kerr unfazed by trade deadline arms race in East

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Steph Curry, Steve Kerr unfazed by trade deadline arms race in East

OAKLAND – It’s evident that the hyperactive work of some Eastern Conference contenders at the trade deadline is directly connected to two things, the absence of LeBron James and the chance to knock off the defending champion Warriors.

Bring ‘em on, says Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

“I see them all trying to steal the throne,” Kerr told reporters after shooting Friday in Phoenix. “That’s the whole idea. The whole thing in the NBA is if you’ve got a chance to win a title, if you’ve got a team that has an opportunity, you go for it.”

“I like our chances, in terms of what we’re about and what we’re capable of,” he said in Phoenix.

Three of the four primary contenders in the East dealt high-quality players this week. The Bucks, at the top of the conference, acquired forward Nikola Mirotic, the second-place Raptors added center Marc Gasol and the fifth-place 76ers brought in forward Tobias Harris.

While Boston made no major move, the Pacers, who are expected to fall out of the top four, nonetheless added guard Wesley Matthews.

“It’s about as wild of a day as I can ever remember, trade-deadline wise,” Kerr said. “There’s always a handful of deals, but I don’t remember anything like that. With everybody in the East loading up, it’s definitely an interesting time in the NBA.”

The Eastern Conference was made more interesting when James – who went to eight straight Finals with the Heat and the Cavaliers – left Cleveland for Los Angeles.

“You’ve got a lot of teams back there who are trying to seize an opportunity that hasn’t been there for a long time,” Kerr said. “A lot of those East teams were already really good. You look at what Milwaukee and Toronto have done, and Philadelphia. Boston was the favorite going on, and they’re still loaded with talent.”

[RELATED: Can any Eastern Conference teams dethrone the Dubs?]

Do the Warriors believe any of them are positioned to take down the champs?

“No,” Curry said. “I feel like we want to get back to where we were and feel like we should be, and that’s winning a championship.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, everything that you would do as a team or as a player would be geared to knocking off the champion, whoever they are.

Tom Izzo yelling at Aaron Henry elicits response from Draymond Green

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Tom Izzo yelling at Aaron Henry elicits response from Draymond Green

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

During the second half of Michigan State's opening-round NCAA Tournament win over Bradley, Tom Izzo went nuts.

The Spartans' head coach called timeout and went off on freshman forward Aaron Henry.

On Friday morning, Draymond Green took to Twitter to share his feelings about the incident.

If anybody can provide some insight and perspective here, it's certainly the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Draymond and Izzo are extremely close and still talk frequently.

If you disagree with Izzo's approach and are hoping for an apology... that ain't happening.

"What's wrong with challenging a kid that makes some mistakes?" Izzo said after the game. "Aaron Henry -- trust me -- did some things that you can't do as a starter on a Top-5 team at the end of your freshman year. They were effort related.

"I did get after him. He did respond. He did make a couple of big buckets. He did make some big free throws but that's not good enough. It's one-and-done time. The 'my-bads' are out the window.''

Will there eventually be another layer to this story? That's quite possible.

Michigan State will be back in action on Saturday night when they face Minnesota.

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Zaza Pachulia shares text Steph Curry sent him during radio interview

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Zaza Pachulia shares text Steph Curry sent him during radio interview

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

On Sunday evening, the Warriors host the Pistons at Oracle.

You know what that means, right?

Zaza Pachulia is back!

On Friday morning, the big man who won two titles with the Warriors was a guest on 95.7 The Game.

He talked about the excitement surrounding receiving his 2018 championship ring, what he learned during his two seasons with Golden State, the narrative that he's a dirty player and much more.

And just before the conversation came to an end, Zaza closed with this:

"Can't wait to see everybody and I just want to give a shoutout to Steph Curry and Jarron Collins who just texted me to tell me that my voice sounds beautiful ... can't wait to see them."

I wonder if that's the first time anybody has ever told Zaza that his voice sounds beautiful. Maybe his wife has said it once or twice before.

[REWINDZaza Pachulia trolls Kevin Durant about Omri Casspi's 20 points]

The 35-year old is averaging 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game this season.

He scored a season-high 11 points in Detroit's huge win over the Raptors last Sunday.

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