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Warriors GM Bob Myers goes in depth on Draymond Green-Kevin Durant dynamic

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Warriors GM Bob Myers goes in depth on Draymond Green-Kevin Durant dynamic

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The heated argument between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green took place 23 days ago. A lot has transpired since that dramatic night in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday afternoon, Warriors GM Bob Myers took inventory of where things stand between Durant and Draymond.

"They really do respect each other," Myers explained to Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game. "They come from tough backgrounds. They both are the type of people who truly appreciate the road that they took -- they took different kind of roads to get into the NBA -- but neither one of them were handed anything in life so they got a mutual respect for each other.

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"But they're not the same personality. Sometimes, they rub each other in different directions and that's really what happened. And the good thing is that they can and they did and they have talked plenty since then. And Draymond made a point of it to talk to him individually.

"I really think it's behind us. I really do ... you have to flush it out, you have to get it all out there -- get all your emotions out. There's a healing part of it -- you don't get over it in 30 seconds -- but you do get over it. And I honestly think they have."

After a tough four-game stretch, Durant has been absolutely spectacular over the last seven games -- 37 points, 9.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 blocks, 0.9 steals on 54.5 percent shooting.

Draymond, meanwhile, has missed the 10 of the last 11 games and will not play in Cleveland or Milwaukee. He is dying to make his return, and may suit up on Monday vs Minnesota or Wednesday vs Toronto.

Myers is in the school of thought that the drama between the star players may make Golden State better off in the long run.

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"People are gonna think I'm just saying this -- I really do think those moments can disrupt your team and make things difficult. But when you overcome them, it does make you stronger. I really believe that.

"When you persevere is when you really form stronger bonds. I think that's all part of the process ... I actually feel good about it. I think they're in a good place."

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

Warriors at Blazers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors at Blazers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

After five seasons of dominating the Trail Blazers, the Warriors have hit a few snags the past couple seasons and now face the possibility of falling for the fifth time in their last six games at Portland.

The teams split two games earlier this season, each winning on its home court, and will close the Portland portion of the series with a scheduled 7:10 tipoff Monday night at Moda Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 p.m., with postgame coverage immediately after the national telecast.

Having snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win over the Magic on Saturday at Chase Center, the Warriors (10-34) will try to string together back-to-back wins for the first time since Dec. 28.

The Blazers (18-26), reeling from a disappointing first half, are trying to fight through a series of injuries and get back into playoff position. In their recovery effort, they’ve made two notable transactions, signing Carmelo Anthony in November and trading for Trevor Ariza over the weekend.

The Warriors from 2012 to 2017 won 16 of 20 against Portland but are only 3-5 in the last eight games against the Blazers.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F – Alec Burks
F – Eric Paschall
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
G – Damion Lee
G – D’Angelo Russell

Blazers

F – Nassir Little
F – Carmelo Anthony
C – Hassan Whiteside
G – Anfernee Simons
G – Damian Lillard

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Draymond Green (illness) is questionable. F Glenn Robinson III (R ankle sprain), G Stephen Curry (L hand fracture), G Jacob Evans III (concussion), C/F Kevon Looney (L abdominal soreness) and G Klay Thompson (L ACL rehab) are listed as out. G Ky Bowman and F/C Alen Smailagic are on assignment with Santa Cruz of the G League.

Blazers: C/F Zach Collins (L shoulder dislocation), F Rodney Hood (L Achilles’ tendon surgery), F Skal Labissiere (L knee inflammation), G CJ McCollum (L ankle sprain) and C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: Robinson will miss his second straight game after not playing Saturday against Orlando ... Rookie F Eric Paschall and rookie G Jordan Poole are finding a nice scoring rhythm of late, mostly as reserves. Paschall has averaged 14.8 ppg over the last five games and Poole has averaged 15.2 over his last four ... Russell has averaged 24.4 ppg and 6.8 assists in his last five games against the Blazers, with only the last two as a member of the Warriors ... The Warriors are No. 1 in the NBA in free-throw percentage (81.0), with the Blazers (80.9) ranked second ... Burks has scored in double figures in each of the last eight games, averaging 16.4 ppg ... This marks the eighth consecutive season the Warriors have played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They’ve won the last five and nine of the last 10.

Blazers: The trade with the Kings to acquire Ariza can’t become official until Tuesday. The details: Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two future second-round picks go to Sacramento, with Caleb Swanigan, Wenyen Gabriel and Ariza coming to Portland ... Ariza is expected to start at SF, but until he arrives 2019 first-round pick Little will command most of the minutes there ... In the first two games this season, Lillard averaged 35.0 points and 8.5 assists. The Oakland native has scored at least 29 points in four straight games against the Warriors and his 27.7 ppg career average is the highest against any team in the NBA ... Whiteside averaged 19.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in the first two games ... Anthony is 49 points away from surpassing Kevin Garnett and moving into 17th place on the all-time scoring list.

Officials: Kane Fitzgerald (crew chief), Brian Forte, JB DeRosa.

Warriors' Willie-Cauley Stein knew Chiefs would make Super Bowl LIV

Warriors' Willie-Cauley Stein knew Chiefs would make Super Bowl LIV

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Willie Cauley-Stein was in a confident mood Monday afternoon. 

Fewer than 24 hours after his Kansas City Chiefs clinched their third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, setting up a date with the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Feb. 2, Cauley-Stein said he never doubted the Chiefs' path out of the AFC.

"I already knew they were going," Cauley-Stein told NBC Sports Bay Area. "As soon as the [New England] Patriots were out we were good. We were great." 

Cauley-Stein's fandom can be traced to his childhood. A native of Spearville, Kansas -- more than 300 miles away from Arrowhead Stadium -- he loved the Chiefs from an early age. But it would be his scholastic struggles that brought him closer to the franchise.

As a prep prospect in Spearville, his grades dwindled, putting a potential college career in peril. In an effort to improve his grades, the 7-footer was sent 300 miles to live with AAU teammate Shavon Shields, son of then-Chiefs offensive lineman Will Shields. Cauley-Stein transferred to Olathe Northwest High School in a Kansas City suburb. Cauley-Stein's grades began to improve under the elder Shields' tutelage, helping him become eligible for a scholarship to Kentucky. 

"He was really like a straightforward, smart, really intelligent dude," Cauley-Stein said. "I see how he was living and how much he was saving. I think that was the biggest thing about him. How intelligent he was about is money." 

The current iteration of Cauley-Stein's football team has become an offensive juggernaut. During a 12-4 regular season, the Chiefs ranked sixth in total offense (379.2 yards per game) and fifth in passing offense (281.2 yards). 

The biggest reason is quarterback Patrick Mahones, whom observers have compared to Cauley-Stein's current teammate Stephen Curry for their shared propensity for solo offensive displays. In a 51-31 win over the Houston Texans two weeks ago, the Chiefs erased a 24-0 deficit, out-scoring the Texans 28-3 in the second quarter. 

When broached with the cross-sport comparison between MVPs, Curry and Cauley-Stein each had a unique response.

"'Cause we're both light-skinned?" Curry jokingly asked. 

"If you want to break it down football to basketball," Cauley-Stein followed up, "they're pretty similar."

"The beauty is in the eye of the beholder," Curry added.

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The Warriors are slated to be in a Washington, D.C. hotel during the NFL's finale. Cauley-Stein believes the Chiefs can win their first Super Bowl in half a century.

"If we come in ready," he said. "The only way I feel like San Francisco can beat us is if we don't come in ready to play -- if we come in there cooling. It's going to be a good game. It's definitely going to be who has the better gameplan."