Utah Jazz Rumors
That’s a defensive ploy many teams use. The comments didn’t make waves. They weren’t inflammatory. No one even knew about it until, two days later, Kevin Durant was asked an innocuous question about how dangerous the Warriors become when Green hits 3s. “A lot of teams want to give him that,” Durant said. “Last game, Coach Snyder said something like if he’s shooting it, they’ll win the game. I don’t know. I heard that. I don’t know if it’s true.” Let me guess: You heard it from Draymond? “Yeah, I heard it from Draymond,” Durant laughed sheepishly.
Credit his mother with the assist. Against the Jazz, Green made four huge 3s on six attempts, tongue-out celebrating the final two. “I’m really not the right guy to talk junk to. You kind of wake somebody up. You live and you learn. Maybe he learned. Or maybe he’ll try it again. But I’m really not the right person to do that against.”
Here’s Snyder’s full comment: “To me, he’s one of the players in the league, one of the very best players in the league, and one of the ones that I personally respect the most. It’s for what he does on the floor, the passing, the shooting, the playmaking. But it’s also for that competitiveness. The IQ, but also his competitiveness. He’s so competitive he’s going to make make you pay for — I don’t know — what he thinks you’re thinking. And, to me, it’s a compliment to him if anything that he’s able to generate motivation from a situation that I don’t … That’s not how I want to guard him. He showed what he’s capable of doing. He shot us out of the game in the first quarter. Some of those threes in transition, things like that. Again, he’s one of those guys, I love to watch him. There isn’t anything he can’t do on the court, including make plays and shoot.”
The Warriors left Utah with a 106-99 victory over the Jazz. With 9.3 seconds remaining and the Warriors up by eight points, Kevin Durant was hit with a technical foul. Draymond Green walked over to Durant and started laughing. Why? “We were laughing at Quinn Snyder who kept calling timeouts,” Draymond told reporters after the game. “Like bro, you’re down 10 with six seconds left, it’s kinda over my man.”