Jackson addresses lack of late production from Lee, Curry

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Jackson addresses lack of late production from Lee, Curry

OAKLAND Coming off a tough 93-91 loss to Portland thenight before, Warriors coach Mark Jackson and his staff put the team through abrief practice on Thursday the first part spent working with perimeter players and the secondpart with the bigs.Afterward, Jackson addressed the issue of neither David Leenor Stephen Curry being much of a factor down the stretch of that game, and,quite frankly, not being much of a factor down the stretch all season.
On whether hed like to see Lee and Curry be more apart of the offense during crunch time, get more shots: Id like to see my home-run hitters aggressive, Jackson said. Id like tosee us make unselfish plays and read the defense. One thing about those guys isthey do a nice job of not forcing the issue. Some people would probably like tosee them force the issue. Id like to see them make plays and I think theyredoing a good job of just that.RELATED: Again, Curry, Lee don't do much down stretch
On Nate Robinson taking nine shots in the fourthquarter, and seemingly being involved in every play late in the game, andwhether hed like to see more shot distribution:He played great and made plays and put us in position towin, Jackson said. Id like to see us not allow them to have secondopportunities on the offensive boards.Id like to see us not turn the basketball over.I think its overblown how many shots Nate Robinson had orhow few shots David or Steph had. That has nothing to do with winning. If weclose out defensive possessions and we dont allow them a second opportunityat the other end, the games over.Nate played exceptionally well, and did not take a badshot. I thought it was a good job by those guys understanding how we werehurting them offensively. And, at the end of the day, defensively we did anexceptional job of forcing them into tough ones.On Monta Ellis and Robinson taking most of theteams big shots this season, and whether Lee and Curry havent been aggressiveenough or Ellis and Robinson havent given up the ball.Ultimately, there have been times where Steph wasnt on thefloor due to injury, Jackson said. Where Monta, the ball was in his hands,and it was either make a play or shoot the basketball.Weve certainly gone to David at times down the stretch. We havent designated anybodyclosing out the ballgame. A minute left and weve designed plays and basically gotlooks out of it. But it hasnt been Its your shot, its your play.Thats just the way its boiled down. Ultimately weregoing to continue to get better and Im sure those guys will take and maketheir share of big shots.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.