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Steve Kerr: Warriors would have beat Rockets in five games if Iguodala didn't get hurt

Steve Kerr: Warriors would have beat Rockets in five games if Iguodala didn't get hurt

The Warriors needed seven games to dispatch the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.

According to Steve Kerr, the series wouldn't have gone that long if a certain player didn't get hurt.

Here is an excerpt from a column by Marc Spears of The Undefeated:

Apparently, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told Warriors All-Star forward Kevin Durant during Game 7 that his team would have won the series if (Chris) Paul played. While unwinding long after the win with Morton’s The Steakhouse cuisine and a cold one, Kerr responded to those words by saying, “We would have won the series in five if Iggy played.”

Zing!

With the Warriors leading Game 3 by 24 points with 7:45 remaining, James Harden's right knee banged into the side of Iguodala's left knee.

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP exited the game about a minute later and he missed Games 4 through 7.

His status for Game 1 vs the Cavs on Thursday is uncertain.

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

Why Steve Kerr trash-talked Alvin Gentry after Warriors won 2015 title

Why Steve Kerr trash-talked Alvin Gentry after Warriors won 2015 title

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 8:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

The Warriors swept the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

A little over a month later, the Pelicans hired Alvin Gentry -- who was Golden State's associate head coach and preparing to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals -- as the franchise's new head coach.

In case you forgot -- during the champagne celebration in the locker room after the Warriors won the title, there was a hilarious moment between Dubs coach Steve Kerr, general manager Bob Myers and Gentry.

Kerr looked into the camera and said: "We're gonna kick the Pelicans' a** next year."

Gentry then delivers a message to New Orleans star Anthony Davis: "Hey AD! AD! We're gonna be right back here."

Myers and Kerr then joke that Gentry needs to leave the locker room.

"Get outta here! You're not on the staff anymore," Kerr screams. "Security! Security! Take him outta here." 

Kerr than signals to somebody off-camera and makes it clear that he only is kidding.

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Good times.

When Kerr was the general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007 to 2010, Gentry was the team's head coach the final two seasons of Kerr's tenure.

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Zach Collins reveals Warriors fans send him hate mail after Klay Thompson dust-up

Zach Collins reveals Warriors fans send him hate mail after Klay Thompson dust-up

Zach Collins doesn't have a lot of fans in the Bay Area.

The Portland Trail Blazers forward drew the ire of Warriors fans last season when he got into an altercation with star guard Klay Thompson. After Thompson was called for an offensive foul for elbowing Collins in the chest, the Blazers big man started jawing at Thompson and then bumped him with his chest. Thompson took exception to the bump and started jawing back at Collins.

The trash talk continued until both were hit with technical fouls.

With the sports world stopped due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Collins took some time to answer questions on Instagram Live. He shed some light on the altercation with Thompson and noted Dub Nation still sends him "fan" mail.

"The Klay Thompson moment obviously comes to mind," Collins said when asked for a favorite trash-talking moment. "I just kind of -- I don't know, in that moment, I probably said some things I shouldn't have. But, I was in the moment, I was hyped, it was against the Warriors and everybody's trying to beat them. We had been going on a run and I was just like, I didn't care who it was, you were getting it that night if you came up to me. So he said something to me and I turned around and saw red. I just went crazy for a second.

"I got a lot of clout from that. A lot of followers," Collins joked later in the stream, via Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest. "I got a lot of hate mail from Warriors fans. I still get it to this day. It went on probably the rest of the year."

Dub Nation has Klay's back.

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Thompson and the Warriors got the last laugh over Collins and the Blazers, as the Dubs swept Portland in the Western Conference finals en route to their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.

A world without sports is rough, but it does give Collins a chance to catch up on all the mail from his adoring Bay Area fan club.

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