Why Steve Kerr believes Draymond Green-Eric Paschall combo can work

Why Steve Kerr believes Draymond Green-Eric Paschall combo can work

Warriors forwards Draymond Green and Eric Paschall shared the floor for 398 minutes this season.

During that time, Golden State had a net rating of minus-10.9. That's bad.

The cold hard truth is that Paschall thrived when Draymond was on the bench or simply not in uniform.

Important caveat -- a lot of that had to do with injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and the team facing less-than-ideal circumstances.

But nonetheless, the pairing is an important dynamic for the coaching staff to figure out. So when looking ahead to next season, will Steve Kerr feel comfortable deploying lineups with Paschall at power forward and Draymond at center?

"I don't think that's really a big issue because if Draymond is on the floor, he just guards anybody he wants because he's that good," Golden State's coach said recently on "The TK Show" podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. "If we decide to play him at the five and Eric at the four, we're gonna have a lot of shooting on the floor next to those guys -- and play-making -- and I think that's a combination that can work.

"I think there's no doubt Eric is better as a four than he is as a three. He's much more comfortable at that spot. But there are ways to fit that in to what we're gonna do next year. And then there are also things that we can do to try to help him get better so he can play the three."

Having Curry, Thompson and Andrew Wiggins on the floor with Green and Paschall would give the Dubs plenty of shooting, play-making and floor spacing.

That's a lineup the Warriors could use to finish games. But it also might be a unit that gets an extended look because Kerr believes the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year's minutes at center can be extended.

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"I was always very careful over the last five, six years not to play him too many minutes at center," he explained to Kawakami. "But I think the league has changed pretty dramatically, and I can see him playing more minutes at the five. I don't think there would be any problem with that.

"You still have to have a roster that allows you to deal with the big 5s who are out there. And we absolutely will address that. But from one game to the next, Draymond is really not gonna have too much of a problem guarding the other teams 5s because the big huge guys ... they're almost extinct."

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Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry isn't able to peacefully protest in Orlando, Fla., but he's proud of what his NBA peers are doing with their platform.

Throughout the NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, entire teams have taken a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices. Players are wearing social justice messages on their uniforms. They are using their Zoom conference calls with reporters to call for equality and for the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.

In particular, United States President Donald Trump has taken exception to NBA players kneeling during the national anthem, stating that he's turning off games because of the action.

But Curry believes if NBA players are angering President Trump, their message is the right one.

“My barometer is always, if the current president is upset about something that somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing," Curry told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Monday. "Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about it and they’re backing it up with action.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James spoke to reporters last week about President Trump turning off NBA games because players are kneeling.

"I really don't think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game," James said last Wednesday. "And that's all I got to say."

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Curry, LeBron and the rest of the NBA community understand what they are trying to accomplish with their actions and words. They are making a push for justice and equality in society. They are not concerned with President Trump's opposition.

And as Curry indicated, if the current president opposed what they are doing, they should keep doing what they are doing.

How Steph Curry feels watching brother Seth in NBA bubble restart

How Steph Curry feels watching brother Seth in NBA bubble restart

Seth Curry has gotten accustomed to watching his brother Steph make deep runs in the NBA playoffs year after year, as the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals in each of the past five seasons.

But 2019-20 saw the script flipped for the Curry family, as Seth and his Dallas Mavericks will be among the eight Western Conference teams in the 2019-20 postseason, while Steph and Golden State finished at the bottom of the West standings, going 15-50 before the NBA's suspension of the season in March.

“For most of my career, I’m usually the one who’s been home watching Steph late in the season,” Seth told the New York Times' Marc Stein. “Now it’s the other way around and I’m still at work. I can tell it’s a little tough on him.”

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Steph did tell Stein that he's felt a bit of "FOMO" about the Warriors not being among the 22 NBA teams initially chosen to play in the NBA's restart in Orlando, Fla.

“Obviously I was happy to see basketball back on TV, but that first week I had major FOMO (fear of missing out),” he told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Sunday night. "Once you see Bron (LeBron James) and Kawhi (Leonard) and P.G. (Paul George) go at it, and you remember how much fun it is to play in those types of games and that kind of level, you miss it badly."

The two-time MVP played in just five games this season after breaking his hand early in the season, and with fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson missing the entire season while rehabbing from a torn ACL, there wasn't much hope for a return to the NBA Finals this season.

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Hypothetically getting nine months to recover before the 2020-21 season will be critical for Thompson and Curry after so many extra postseason games over the past five years.

It's not surprising that the hyper-competitive Steph would be a bit jealous of his brother, but he also told Stein he could see himself trekking to Orlando with his family to watch Seth and the Mavericks if they can advance out of the first round of the playoffs.