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Kevin Durant responds to ‘100% false’ claim from Draymond Green

Kevin Durant dribbles

Oct 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in action against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry has never won an NBA Finals MVP, which is somewhat of a surprise given all he has accomplished in his career. Draymond Green this week tried to explain why that means nothing for Curry’s legacy, and Kevin Durant did not appreciate the way Green went about it.

On the latest episode of his podcast, Green spoke about Curry not having an NBA Finals MVP award in his trophy case. He said anyone who thinks his Golden State Warriors teammate needs that piece of hardware to complete his resume does not know how the game works. Green said one of the reasons Durant was named NBA Finals MVP twice is because Curry was double-teamed way more than K.D.

“Kevin Durant was absolutely incredible in those Finals runs as you know,” Green said. “You watched it. We all watched it. Kevin Durant was absolutely insane. Steph Curry got double-teamed probably seven times the amount that KD did in a given series. So, when you watch those games and you say, ‘Ah, his numbers could be a little down…’ He’s facing a double team.”

As he often does, Durant responded on Twitter. He said Green’s claim about double-teams is “100% false.”

A lot of game footage would have to be analyzed to see how many double-teams Durant and Curry faced during Golden State’s NBA Finals runs. However, Green’s claim was supported by something Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyrann Lue said after his team faced the Warriors back in February.

Lue, who was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers three of the times they faced the Warriors in the Finals, said he has so much respect for Curry that he had his teams focus primarily on Curry even with Durant and Klay Thompson on the floor.

“You got to remember in 2017 and 2018, we blitzed (Curry) still with Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant on the floor,” Lue said. “That’s how dangerous I think he is.”

Green obviously did not mean to diminish what Durant accomplished. Though, the two have had some very public feuds over the years. He was simply stating that Curry not winning an NBA Finals MVP award in three tries is not an indicator of his importance to the team. We are not surprised Durant felt the need to chime in.

Draymond Green responds to comments from Heat players

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green sounds more amused than anything else at how Miami Heat players took his predictions during their series against the Boston Celtics.

Multiple Heat players called out Green after their Game 6 win over the fact that Green predicted the Boston Celtics would ultimately advance to face his Warriors. The Heat suggested they had viewed Green’s comments as disrespectful, and had used them as motivation.

Green responded with amusement, saying it was “exciting” that the Heat had cared so much about what he had to say.

Green was never going to be bothered by this. He says what he thinks and does not care if it is used as fuel by opponents. In this case, he ended up being correct, too, although it took all seven games for him to be proven right.

Of course, Green uses other people’s comments as motivation all the time. The art is that he seems to know better than most when to take the bait, or when to bait others.

Heat players respond to Draymond Green prediction

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat avoided elimination with their 111-103 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics on Friday. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may have provided some extra motivation for the Heat to do so.

After the Warriors clinched a spot in the NBA Finals Thursday, Green predicted they would face the Boston Celtics.

The Heat apparently took notice.

Durning a postgame interview on ESPN’s “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt,” Heat forward P.J. Tucker had a simple message for Green.

“Tell Draymond I said I appreciate it,” Tucker said.

Fellow Heat forward Udonis Haslem echoed similar sentiments. ESPN game analyst Mark Jackson revealed what Haslem had to say about Green postgame.

“[Haslem] wants a message to be relayed,” Jackson said. “He said, ‘Tell Draymond Green thank you.'”

The Heat looked dead in the water during Games 4 and 5, but played with a sense of urgency in Game 6. Much of that could be credited to Jimmy Butler, who scored 47 points. But Green’s slight probably added fuel to the fire. If the Heat advance, it would set up an intriguing matchup from that standpoint.

Game 7 between the Heat and Celtics is scheduled for Sunday, with the winner playing on Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Draymond Green offers prediction after Warriors make Finals

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

After making the NBA Finals for the sixth time in the last eight years, Draymond Green is putting on his soothsayer outfit once again.

The Golden State Warriors star Green appeared on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” after his team clinched the Western Conference title with a Game 5 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. When pressed by Shaquille O’Neal about who Golden State’s opponent would be in the Finals, Green predicted that it would be the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics currently hold a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat. In fairness, the Celtics have looked like the better team to this point and will be hosting Game 6 in Boston on Friday. Still, you can’t prematurely count out the Heat, who made the NBA Finals themselves just two seasons ago.

Regardless, the Warriors will get a full week of rest before the Finals officially start on June 2. Green also has a track record of getting his predictions right, having called a notable upset earlier in the playoffs.

Video: Draymond Green’s free throw gets stuck on rim

Draymond Green's foul shot lands on the back of the rim

The second half of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday between the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks was an eventful one.

The start of the half was delayed due to a leak in the roof at American Airlines Center. Another brief pause in the action came with Draymond Green shooting two shots at the foul line.

With the Mavericks up 81-56 just under halfway through the third quarter, Green shot the first of his two free throws. The ball hit the front of the rim, went up onto the back of the rim and bounced until it came to a rest.

The missed shot didn’t have much of an effect on the outcome of the game, as the Mavericks were up big and won 119-109 to avoid the sweep.

Green shot 65.9 percent from the free throw line this season and is a career 71.2 percent shooter from the charity stripe. He had 10 points, six assists and six rebounds in Game 4.

The Warriors have another chance to reach the NBA Finals in Game 5 on Thursday.

Luka Doncic shares who is the Warriors’ key player

Luka Doncic smiles

May 15, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts against the Phoenix Suns in game seven of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors are loaded with talented players, but Luka Doncic’s pick for Golden State’s key player might surprise you.

Doncic spoke with reporters on Tuesday ahead of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and his Dallas Mavericks. He lauded Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, but shared his pick for the key to the Warriors: Draymond Green.

“I have so much respect for Draymond. Obviously Klay and Steph, you know, [are] incredible offensive guys. But I think the key to the Warriors team is Draymond. He is just unbelievable. I just really respect him — everything he does. Obviously, no disrespect, but he’s not the best offensive guy. But he impacts the game in every other category. I really have a lot of respect for his game,” Doncic said of Green.

That’s a pretty nice compliment.

Green only averaged 7.5 points per game during the regular season, but he added 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists per contest, along with 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. He impacts the game in many ways, as Doncic said.

Is Doncic just trying to soften up Green ahead of their matchup? Is he using some Michael Jordan-like reverse psychology? Or is he being genuine? Maybe he’s just being real.

Game 1 of the series is on Wednesday night in San Francisco. The teams were only a game apart during the regular season record-wise, meaning this should be a fairly even matchup.

Draymond Green calls out ‘ogre’ Kendrick Perkins after winning Grizzlies series

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors are officially back in the conference finals for the sixth time in the last eight years, and Draymond Green decided to celebrate by going after one of his favorite targets.

Speaking Friday after the Warriors eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies with a 110-96 win in Game 6 of their second-round series, Green blasted Kendrick Perkins in his postgame press conference. Perkins previously ripped Green on ESPN for being scared to shoot the ball. He had also called out Green for getting ejected from Game 1 of the series and for Green’s constant trash talk.

“Something came to my phone earlier,” said Green. “A guy saying I’m scared to shoot the basketball. Scared and me in the same sentence is, like, brutal. You got a big ogre on TV talking about, ‘What Draymond said ain’t the gospel.’ It is the gospel … When you say that multiple times on several different segments, you must think what I say [is] the gospel.

“‘Anybody can make the pass Draymond makes,’ that’s just stupid,” Green went on, responding to another Perkins criticism. “These are people who get employed to talk on TV about our game. ‘Anybody can make that pass.’ You make that pass! We’d love to see it. I played against the guy by the way. I’m talking about Kendrick Perkins for those of you that don’t know. I’m never ducking no smoke.”

Just minutes later, Perkins offered a response on Twitter. Perkins seemed most bothered by Green’s “ogre” comment and fired back at Green saying, “You ain’t handsome! You damn sure ain’t cute!”

To his credit at least, Green attempted a playoff-high 14 shots on Friday. He connected on six of them to finish with 14 points on top of 15 rebounds and eight assists.

As for Green’s vendetta against Perkins, it dates back several years. When Perkins was still playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Green got into it with him during an NBA Finals battle. The fireworks have not let up ever since Perkins joined ESPN either. Perkins seems to criticize Green every chance he gets, and Green even fired back at him after winning a gold medal with Team USA last summer.

Draymond Green has great gesture in honor of late Michigan State star

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green is stepping up to honor the memory of late Michigan State star Adreian Payne.

After Golden State’s playoff game Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Warriors star Green announced that he and his wife will be donating $100,000 to a fund in Payne’s name. Green also called on Michigan State figures and alumni such as Tom Izzo, Magic Johnson, Jaren Jackson Jr., Miles Bridges, and others to make similar gestures in honor of Payne.

Payne, a four-year standout at Michigan State who later made his way to the NBA, died unexpectedly this week. He was teammates for two seasons with Green, who also attended Michigan State.

Payne was just 31 years old at the time of his passing. More details emerged about Payne’s death on Tuesday.

Draymond Green fined for gesture toward Grizzlies fans

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green knew he would be fined after he made an inappropriate gesture toward Memphis Grizzlies fans on Tuesday night, and the NBA has made the unsurprising news official.

The NBA announced on Thursday that Green has been fined $25,000 for flipping off Grizzlies fans during the Golden State Warriors’ loss in Game 2.

Green got hit in the face early in Game 2 and needed to go to the locker room for medical attention. As he was headed off the floor, he flipped the double bird to some fans at FexExForum.

Green received stitches for a laceration to his right eye. He was asked during his postgame press conference about flipping the fans off, and he offered no apologies.

Eli Manning has funny response to Draymond Green’s middle fingers

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning might not be the first person you think of when considering cool athletes, but he certainly regards himself as a trendsetter.

Manning joked on Twitter Wednesday in response to the Draymond Green incident from the night before.

Green got irritated with Memphis Grizzlies fans and flipped them the double bird during the first quarter of Game 2 (video here).

Manning shared a very appropriate comment on Twitter.

“I apologize for starting this trend!!” Manning wrote.

Those who followed Eli and Peyton’s “ManningCast” during “Monday Night Football” games on ESPN last fall know to what he is referring. Eli mimicked Philly fans by flipping the double bird, and he did it on live TV, much like Draymond. The only difference is Eli didn’t get fined the way Green will.