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Steve Kerr, Warriors need 'chest-thumping, yelling Draymond,' but...

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Steve Kerr, Warriors need 'chest-thumping, yelling Draymond,' but...

OAKLAND -- Though Draymond Green leads the NBA in technical fouls, the Warriors have no plans urging him to mute the voice that sometimes leads to trouble.

“Why would we?” coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday. “Draymond is one of the most impactful players in the league. He does so many great things for us. He gives us an edge that we otherwise don’t have. We have a very quiet team . . .

“We need chest-thumping, yelling Draymond. We need that.”

Green this season has been assessed with 10 technical fouls, an average of one every 3.7 games. At this pace, he’ll need less than 60 games to reach the 16-tech threshold that results in an automatic one-game suspension.

Green last season was slapped with 14 technical fouls but didn’t get his 10th until Feb. 23.

The topic was raised after Green was ejected last Saturday upon receiving two technical fouls in a 47-second span in the second quarter of a 141-128 win over the Grizzlies. The first was assessed by Tre Maddox, the second by Nick Buchert.

“I didn’t think he deserved to be kicked out,” Kerr said, pointing out that the only visible gesture was Green waving his arm in the direction of Buchert, standing about 25 feet away.

“He might have said a magic word in there somewhere,” he added. “But normally you don’t get kicked out for that. You’ve got to be pretty demonstrative, normally. I disagreed with it, but nothing we can do about it.”

Kerr conceded that Green is a victim of his own reputation as a high-intensity player who doesn’t bite his tongue. He is one of two players, along with New Orleans big man DeMarcus Cousins, to be ejected twice this season. Kevin Durant leads in ejections with three.

“The tough part is we need Draymond to be on edge,” Kerr said. “We don’t want Draymond to be passive. We want him to be fiery. We want him to be yelling and screaming. He’s got to walk that line. But it’s a tough line to walk because he’s so emotional and competitive and passionate. It’s what makes him great.

“But there’s just a point where he’s going to have to pull back. It’s nothing any of us can do. He has to feel that moment. We can talk to the league and plead our case, but, ultimately, it’s up to him to feel when he’s got to pull back.”

Warriors not aggressive shoppers, but plenty of options are available

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Warriors not aggressive shoppers, but plenty of options are available

Though coach Steve Kerr has said the Warriors are not likely to make a deal, general manager Bob Myers has shown more flexibility on the idea. That’s Myers’ MO. Like most personnel executives, he must be prepared to pivot at a moment’s notice.

The possibilities expanded Saturday, when the NBA trade window opened wide enough to include most players signed over the summer. All indications are the Warriors will observe rather than shop because they have a “trade” in the works.

They’ll be deeper and more formidable after DeMarcus Cousins is cleared for game activity. He is their in-season addition. Though the Warriors have been discreet about revealing a timeline, all hints imply it’s a matter of weeks, not months.

Kerr is not eager to make a move until Cousins has been evaluated. What can the team can expect? How smooth is the transition? Why add a big man now if Cousins can play 20 minutes by the end of the month and 25 or more at some point in January?

So if the Warriors were to make a deal, it likely would involve a wing. They realize a tweak here or there might help. The fragile health of veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, both currently out, has the front office on alert. If either is out for an extended period, the Warriors have work to do.

Here are, alphabetically, seven wing/forwards on the market, with comment:

Carmelo Anthony (F). Pros: A very available future Hall of Famer. Cons: Shooting touch has abandoned him and he can’t defend a barstool. Verdict: He’s done.

Alec Burks (F/G). Pros: Can play three positions, would love to leave Cleveland and he’s 27. Cons: He’s making $11.54 million this season. Verdict: He can help.

Vince Carter (F/G). Pros: Popular future Hall of Famer is still dunking at age 41. Cons: Is it ageism to point out he’ll turn 42 next month? Verdict: He’s worth a listen.

Mario Hezonja (F). Pros: He’s 23, has some talent and he plays with joy. Cons: His shooting is spotty and his immaturity may be permanent. Verdict: Probably not.

Rodney Hood (F/G). Pros: Plays both ends, only 27, on a one-year Cavs deal at $3.4 million. Cons: His composure has been an issue. Verdict: He can help.

Patrick McCaw (G/F).. Pros: Knows the team because he’s on it. Cons: No indication he wants to be along for the ride. Verdict: Sure, if he’s in shape and explains the past five months.

Jabari Parker (F). Pros: Talented enough to be the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft. Cons: Can’t make the Bulls rotation and making $20 million. Verdict: Nah, but hope he revives a once-promising career.

So, yes, there are players capable of helping. And the front office isn’t sleeping on them. The question the Warriors must to ask is whether they want to pursue it now or wait until closer to the Feb. 7 deadline.

Under Review: Warriors use defense to anchor comeback win over Kings

Under Review: Warriors use defense to anchor comeback win over Kings

There was not an empty seat inside Golden 1 Center at tipoff Friday night for a matchup between the Warriors and Kings. In the final minutes, most every seat was vacant.

All but a few among the 17,583 in attendance were off the edge of their seats, standing and cheering and enjoying -- or agonizing.

This carnival ride of a game deserved that acclaim. Over the last 12 minutes, the Warriors had it. The Kings took it back. The Warriors reclaimed it. The Kings snatched it yet again before, finally, the Warriors came back one final time for a 130-125 victory.

It was a win to savor and a loss to remember. We take a deeper look at the positives and negatives in Warriors Under Review:

POSITIVE

Defense arrives on demand

With Draymond Green and Klay Thompson on the floor to open the fourth quarter, a six-point lead became a seven-point deficit in about three minutes. With the starters back -- Green left but returned -- for the final 5:11, the Warriors outscored the Kings 17-4 by forcing two turnovers (both Stephen Curry steals) and limiting them to 1-of-8 shooting from the field.

When the Warriors realized victory would require five brilliant minutes of defense, Green led the way as they dug in and found it.

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POSITIVE

They owned the glass

The Warriors outrebounded Sacramento 60-42. All five starters attacked the glass and grabbed at least eight rebounds, topped by Green’s game-high 14. Thompson pulled a season-high nine. Alfonzo McKinnie came off the bench to snag eight, half of them on the offensive end to aid an 18-9 advantage in second-chance points.

On a night when they hurt themselves with damaging turnovers – 18, leading to 25 Sacramento points – the Warriors found the surest path to offset it.

NEGATIVE

Thompson’s shot selection

This was another of those nights when Thompson -- unquestionably a great shooter -- took too many quick or contested shots. Prior to draining a huge 3-pointer to give the Warriors the lead with 39.6 seconds remaining, he was 0-5 in the quarter and 9-of-26 in the game. Finishing with 27 points on 10-of-27 shooting, he missed nearly as many shots as Kevin Durant (33 points on 9-of-20 shooting, 4-of-8 in the fourth) attempted.

With Thompson’s shooting percentages down across the board, in a contract year, he couldn’t pick a worse time to lead the NBA in field goal attempts.

POSITIVE

Looney held up well

Given the sprinter’s pace the Kings prefer, there was legitimate concern about Kevon Looney’s ability to log heavy minutes. Speed is not among the undersized center’s assets. But he was effective over 28 minutes, one off his season-high, with 10 points (5-of-5 shooting), eight rebounds and three assists to finish plus-19.

Looney had a couple rough games against the top-tier centers of Toronto and Minnesota. He bounced back nicely.

NEGATIVE

A night for the bench to forget

With veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston both out, the bench was predictably unsteady and uneven. Quinn Cook, needed as a shooter and playmaker, was bad on offense and worse on defense. Jonas Jerebko, affected by questionable foul calls, was unusually passive and grabbed only one rebound in 24 minutes, his lowest total in a month. McKinnie offered rebounding and not much else. Jordan Bell, whose speed was desirable, played 10 minutes without positive impact.

The reserves will be better, certainly with Iguodala and/or Livingston returning, but this was a game they should throw into the trash bin.