Draymond puts on coaching cap, holds all Warriors accountable

Draymond puts on coaching cap, holds all Warriors accountable

OAKLAND -- Draymond Green spared no one, including himself, in a searing dissection of the collapse Friday night that resulted in the Warriors eating a 128-119 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

From coach Steve Kerr to reigning MVP Stephen Curry to two-time All-Star Klay Thompson to seven-time All-Star Kevin Durant to Green himself, words were not minced.

“If you look at the fourth quarter, Klay is standing,” Green began. “It’s not Klay’s fault; it’s our fault. It’s Steve’s fault. It’s my fault as a leader on the floor, as a floor general. It’s Steph’s fault as a floor general, to get us in place, to get everybody moving. So it’s not like it’s one guy’s fault. This is a team effort; we win together, we lose together. And as floor generals, people who initiate the offense, we’ve got to know that. We have to understand that he’s one of our most dangerous weapons.

“Yet in the fourth quarter, (Thompson) is not even a weapon. If you just having him standing there, then no one’s going to leave his body. So if he’s just standing there, he’s doing us no good.”

Understand, the Warriors blew a 24-point third quarter lead. They were outscored 49-21 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Defense came and went. Diagrammed offensive plays were poorly executed. There was a level of self-immolation that should be beyond the team favored to win the NBA championship.

There was Green, in an animated discussion with Durant, beseeching his teammate to stay with what was working earlier, the things that helped them build what should have been a comfortable lead.

Green put on his coach’s cap and, in essence, pointed out things he believes everyone can and will see.

“That’s something we have to understand as guys who are handling the basketball,” Green said. “And our coaching staff has to understand that, as sometimes who’s calling the plays out of timeouts, it’s a complete group effort.

“As long as we continue to do things as a group, which we will, I’m not worried about it at all. We’ll be fine. But those are the things we have to notice. And make sure we correct if we want to be great.”

He said that, in a way, he was “thrilled” that the Warriors lost because defeat gets the attention of everyone and should promote improvement.

“It’s not about 73 wins,” he said, referring to last season’s record total. “It’s not about making the All-Star Game or All-NBA. It’s about getting better each and every time you step on the floor. And if you’re not, someone else is.

“I don’t matter who starts the season off the best. It’s who is the best at the end. It’s a process. You can’t skip the process. You have to embrace every moment of that process.”

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant wishes more NBA officials had a better grasp of the language of the game.

They don’t seem to understand that “trash talk” almost always is little more than an act in which healthy emotions are released. It’s as much of the game on the court as pointing out a bad haircut or a fashion error in the locker room.

“I was raised that if you weren’t talking on the court, then something (bad) is going on,” Durant said after Warriors practice on Friday.

Durant caught a glimpse of the chatter earlier this week between former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook and Houston guard Patrick Beverley in decisive Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets series and was disappointed when the officials slapped each with a technical foul.

“I was like, ‘Man, just play on. It’s a part of the game,’” Durant said.

Though Durant himself is not a premier trash-talker, he plays alongside one in fellow forward Draymond Green.

“That’s why we started playing, to talk a little s--- here and there,” said Durant, who grew up in the Washington D.C. area. “Draymond is really good at it. There are a lot of guys in the league that are good. More guys are quiet now than before.

“But s--- talking is a part of the game. I love it. It’s fun when you’re on the same team as a guy that does it. And then, when you’re playing against it, it’s even better because it brings the best out of you.”

For Durant, there always will be a place for trash talk on the court. Not only did he experience it while growing up but he also was indoctrinated in the practice from the moment he arrived in the NBA in 2007.

He recalls, with fondness, being targeted as a rookie by Kevin Garnett and a few other Celtics.

“When I came into the league, that’s when the Celtics had just got together,” Durant said. “Paul Pierce and KG and those guys talked bad to me as a rookie. I was 19. And they talked so bad to me. And I was talking right back. It was just a fun exchange. That’s what basketball is about.”

Now if only he could get officials to realize this.

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay Thompson is really good at basketball.

He's been an All-Star three straight years and was named Third-Team All-NBA the last two seasons.

What's the secret to his success? He recently talked about his preparation with CBS Sports:

"My approach to the game is a lot more caluculated now -- as far as getting my rest, recovery after a big workout. Balancing your life is essential; on the court, off the court -- it's huge.

"As a high school player and as a collegiate, I would just kind of show up and play. As a professional, I have a certain routine that is very regimented. If I don't have a gameday nap you might as well chalk it up as a loss for me. I have to have my gameday nap just to get my mind right, get a little rest, maximize your energy for the game.

"Whether it's the arena or the practice gym, we're always there. Don't get to see the light of day sometimes so it's very important for me to get outside -- get some sun, get some fresh air.

"You have to get your mind off the game. I'm really a simple man -- it could be just sitting outside reading a book or playing pool, playing chess, video games. I love to take my dog, Rocco, to the park -- just stuff to keep your mind active, or your body active and get away from baskteball.

"You need that balance in your life. You can't just get totally consumed by basketball and then it kind of wears on your happiness. You gotta have a certain balance so you are eager to go to the game every day, and your hungry to get in the arena and put on a show."