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Steve Kerr is not surprised the Celtics won the first two games vs the Cavs

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Steve Kerr is not surprised the Celtics won the first two games vs the Cavs

The Celtics crushed the Cavs in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

In Game 2, Cleveland led by 11 in the first half, but Boston ended up winning by 13 points.

Is Steve Kerr surprised that the Celtics are up 2-0?

"Not particularly. Boston's a great team," Kerr said after shootaround on Wednesday. "They have the best defense in the league. They protected home court. It'll be fun to watch as it goes back to Cleveland.

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"Two great teams, and you get to this point in the playoffs -- nothing really surprises you because everybody is really good."

After the Warriors won on Monday night, Kerr made one thing very clear:

"When you get this deep in the playoffs, it's all about defense," Kerr said. "You have to be a great defensive team to win a championship. You just have to be. Year in and year out, it's the top defensive teams who go deep.

"And when you get to this level, you know you're playing against great offensive players -- like Chris Paul and James Harden -- so this was all about the defense and it has to be all about the defense the whole series."

During the regular season, the Celtics were No. 1 in defensive rating (101.5), while the Cavs were 29th (109.5).

Boston's defensive rating through the first two games of the East Finals -- 93.0

Cleveland's defensive rating through the first two games of the East Finals -- 112.8

I think it's safe to assume that Kerr feels a certain way about the Cavs' chance to win the title this year...

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

Draymond Green tries his hand at scouting during latest Warriors Draft workout

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Draymond Green tries his hand at scouting during latest Warriors Draft workout

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday brought in six more draft hopefuls, who went through drills under the watchful eyes of the five most significant layers of the team.

CEO Joe Lacob was there, as was general manager Bob Myers, assistant GM/chief scout Larry Harris, assistant coach Ron Adams and...forward Draymond Green.

This is a glimpse into the inner workings of the Warriors, a hoops democracy in which every voice is given a chance to be heard.

It’s conceivable, though, that no one’s words carried more weight than those of Green, who continues to prove his value to the franchise goes beyond defending, rebounding, playmaking and scoring.

“Who am I to say I know more than Draymond Green about basketball?” Myers asked. “It probably is the other way around. If you want somebody whose opinion holds some weight ... he watches college. He comes to the workouts. So maybe he should make the pick.”

Myers wasn’t entirely serious about that, but he’s also not dismissing the possibility.

“When he speaks,” Myers said, “we give him the gravity that his comments deserve.”

Few if any players in the NBA can dissect and analyze the game as effectively as Green, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and a noted video student. It’s also conceivable that no one knows better than Green what the Warriors need to become a better team next season.

“Draymond’s been here the last three days,” Harris said. “He was in a meeting with us in our draft room for a couple hours yesterday. He would tell you he was bored. But that’s OK. We’re glad he’s here and he really does care and wants to know.”

None of the players at the team facility Tuesday is a lock to be drafted. Guard Svi Mykhailluk (Kansas), and forwards Gary Clark (Cincinnati) and Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame) project as possible second-round picks.

The Warriors own the 28th overall pick but are considering buying a second-rounder for the third consecutive season. They took Pat McCaw (No. 38 overall) in 2016 and Jordan Bell (38th) last season. Green was chosen in the second round (35th) in 2012 and has become a core member of a three-time championship team.

“To have a guy like him, who is a three-time champion, care about who we’re taking at 28 shows great leadership,” Myers said. “I’m sure the players look over there and say, ‘That’s Draymond Green.’ He was a 35th pick. It’s motivation for those guys.”

Draft prospect Michael Porter Jr says he's 'a little more physical' than Kevin Durant

Draft prospect Michael Porter Jr says he's 'a little more physical' than Kevin Durant

Michael Porter Jr. is...

... a confident soon-to-be 20-year old (his birthday is June 29).

How do we know this? Well, he said the following to Damon Amendolara of CBS Sports:

"Right now, I would say I'm a mix of Giannis and KD. I like going to the hole a little more than KD does. I like bumping into people; a little more physical than KD.

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"But I like to shoot the ball a little more than Giannis. So that's what I like to compare myself to -- and also Tracy McGrady. I get compared to him a lot, and I like that one a lot, too.

"Those are three amazing players. It doesn't feel bad to be in the same conversation as them."

More physical than Kevin Durant, eh?

The 2017 and 2018 Finals MVP averaged 7.2 free throw attempts per game in the 2018 playoffs.

Who do you think is more looking forward to facing Porter next season -- Durant or Draymond Green?

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