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Steve Kerr explains one thing Warriors need to fix in Game 2 vs. Blazers

Steve Kerr explains one thing Warriors need to fix in Game 2 vs. Blazers

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Warriors beat the Trail Blazers, 116-94, in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night.

So it was basically a perfect performance, right? Nope.

Although Golden State held Portland to 36 percent shooting overall and forced 21 turnovers, the Blazers shot 31 free throws. In fact, the disparity in attempts through three quarters was staggering at 22 to three.

"That's what kept them in the game through three quarters. We really dominated every other area, but all those free throws kept them in it," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday evening on KNBR. "That is something we'd like to do a better job of -- keeping them off the foul line and trying to force them to score."

When they didn't foul, the Dubs did an excellent job of keeping Portland's star guards in check.

Damian Lillard went 4-for-12 from the field and committed seven turnovers, while CJ McCollum went 7-for-19 overall and turned the ball over three times.

If the Warriors defend without fouling, that triggers fastbreak opportunities. 

"The other problem with the free throws is that they get their defense set up and we got to play against the halfcourt," Kerr explained. "We want to keep the game going, we want to get into transition.

"It's tough to do that when you're fouling."

The Warriors want to see more of this in Game 2 on Thursday night:

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When a team takes a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series, it wins about 93 percent of the time.

With this in mind, the Warriors should expect the Blazers to play like their season is on the line Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

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Draymond Green says interactions with refs were leaving an impression on his son

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Draymond Green says interactions with refs were leaving an impression on his son

PORTLAND - Following his team's 110-99 Game 3 win over the Blazers Saturday evening, Warriors forward Draymond Green criticized his interactions with referees earlier this season. 

A little less than 12 hours later, in a Portland hotel ballroom, Green said his verbal onslaughts to the refs were having an impact his son, Draymond, Jr. 

"I realized how impressionable the kids are at the ages they're at," Green said Sunday afternoon. "I just really want to be a good example to them and show them the right things."

Green, who finished with a league-leading 16 technical fouls this season, said he'd come home and see his two-year-old son mimicking a flopping move on his toy court, much to the forward's chagrin. 

“My son was shooting and flopping," Green said. "I said you gotta stop watching the NBA.

He would play on his little hoop and then stomp around the house," Green continued. "Like I like the intensity but slow down little fella."

At points this season, Green - who is consistently among the league leaders in technical fouls - said he'd see himself arguing with the officials during films session and be disappointed in himself. In one instance, he recalled an interaction with official Zach Zarber in which he called "embarrassing." 

"There were just times where I've looked back at the game and I would see my body language and pouting to a referee...It was disgusting to me. It was something that I wanted to be mindful of and especially coming into these playoffs"

Green knows how his interactions with referees can affect a series. Nearly three years ago, he was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals after he received his seventh technical of the postseason after stepping over then-Cavaliers star LeBron James, in a series Golden State lost in seven games. 

While Green leads the postseason with 4 technicals, he hasn't been called for one in the Western Conference Finals. With the seven technicals garnering an automatic suspension, Green's current mindset towards the officials will be vital going forward. 


 

Stephen Curry isn't concerned about championship hopes despite Iguodala's injury

Stephen Curry isn't concerned about championship hopes despite Iguodala's injury

PORTLAND - With Andre Iguodala questionable for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday night, Warriors guard Steph Curry isn't concerned about the team closing out the series. 

"We've been here before," Curry said Sunday afternoon. "Guys know how to play, know how to win and know how to make winning plays and aren't afraid of anything." 

Iguodala, who injured his left leg in Game 3 Saturday evening, told NBC Sports' Monte Poole that he felt pain in the "Achilles area" following the win, but wasn't concerned about the long-term effects of the injury. An MRI Sunday morning came back clean. 

In Iguodala's absence, backup forward Alfonzo McKinnie played well, finishing with five points, nine rebounds and was a plus-24 on the night. In addition, Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook, Kevon Looney and Jonas Jerebko helped fill the veteran's void, helping the bench to 33 points on the night. 

"Over the course of the regular season, we talked about it, everybody was going to have an opportunity to win a championship," Curry said. "This series has been a true testament to that."

For much of the postseason, Iguodala has been a steady force for the Warriors. In 15 games, he is averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 30.2 minutes. His injury is just the latest among Golden State's key weapons, including Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, who are expected to be out for the remainder of the Western Conference finals. 

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If Iguodala can't play Monday evening, it will be a blow to an already low-performing bench unit. During the regular season, Golden State was 29th in the league in bench scoring, putting a burden on the top-heavy Warriors. Now, with a chance of having more than a week off entering the NBA Finals with a win Sunday night, the bench may have to continue their Game 3 performance to fill Iguodala's void. 

"No matter what the performance or the numbers were about our bench all year and this and that," Curry said. "If you make winning plays and you go out there and produce when you're out there on the floor and that confidence is contagious. So feeding off each others energy and it's been great."