Jazz's Snyder prophetic of Green's continued dominance

Jazz's Snyder prophetic of Green's continued dominance

OAKLAND -- Call it foreshadowing or maybe just a little bit of gamesmanship, but Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder raved about Warriors forward Draymond Green before Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Thursday evening. It’s doubtful that Green heard the comments. Or maybe he did.

In early December, Green received a text from his mother in pregame telling him that Snyder had made an off the cuff remark about his shooting before the Jazz and Warriors battled at Vivint Smart Home Arena.  

Green responded by hitting 4-of-6 from downtown while his Warriors pulled out a 106-99 victory.

Snyder carefully navigated his comments about Green in pregame on Thursday evening, heaping praise on the 27-year-old forward.

“As a coach, he’s the kind of player that you want to coach,” Snyder told a room full of reporters. “Part of the reason you want to coach him is because he has an edge. Not of that to me is ever personal. I admire him. You admire his competitiveness.”

Utah’s coach went as far as to compare Green to legendary point guard Magic Johnson because of his ability to do just about everything.

“His toughness and his tenacity and his ability is something that you respect and admire because he’s such a unique player,” Snyder added.

Green opened the series with a bang, roasting the Jazz for 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a pair of blocks in Game 1. The versatility that Snyder raved about was on full display.

In Game 2, Green made sure to show Snyder his range one more time. He began the contest with a huge block on 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert and then drained a 3-ball on the other end. Green continued to bomb away, dropping in four straight triples in the opening frame before bricking a final attempt as the quarter came to a close.

When it was all said and done, Green hit 5-of-8 from long range on his way to 21 points. He added seven rebounds, six assists and picked up four steals as the Warriors took a 2-0 advantage in the series and 6-0 in the 2016-17 playoffs.

Scary Moment

With 7:24 remaining in the fourth, Green went down holding his left knee. The training staff helped him to the bench, but he returned to the court to a huge ovation minutes later and helped finish off the 115-104 victory.

John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension


John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'


Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.

Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:

On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."

In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.

Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.

Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller