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Rounding up all Warriors and NBA related news for Tuesday, December 26th.

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Warriors News:

Steve Kerr criticizes officiating after 120-114 loss vs. Nuggets: “It’s a parade to the free-throw line and it’s disgusting to watch“

Steph’s Christmas Day struggles persist in Warriors’ loss to Nuggets | NBC Sports Bay Area

Curry’s puzzling struggles on games played during the holiday continued Monday in Golden State’s 120-114 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Christmas Day at Ball Arena, as the veteran point guard finished with 18 points on 7-of-21 shooting from the field and 3-of-13 shooting from 3-point range.

It’s safe to say those aren’t your typical Splash Bro numbers, but, oddly, the subpar Christmas performance was nothing new.

Thompson: The Warriors’ upside is clear, but their depth is getting in the way | The Athletic

“Me with the ball,” he continued, “nobody’s guarding me.”

Ambitious? Sure. But this Christmas afternoon in Denver, it felt true. The Nuggets couldn’t guard him, especially with the way they were defending Stephen Curry.

Through three quarters, Kuminga had 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting. He was 5-for-8 from the free-throw line and had the Nuggets scrambling.

“But sometimes,” Kuminga said, “I’ve gotta take that away to make sure my OGs get the ball. That’s where it’s confusing. Sometimes, I come out the game not knowing what I did. And that messes with my head. It’s like, ‘What they want me to do?’ I can pass and I can do different s—.”

Sources: Draymond Green using virtual meetings to chart return | ESPN

These meetings are a part of what the NBA described as “certain league and team conditions” that Green must fulfill before his suspension is lifted for throwing a punch at Phoenix’s Jusuf Nurkic on Dec. 12. The NBA, NBPA, the Warriors and Green played roles in curating this unique, open-ended suspension, but the NBA has the final say on Green’s eventual return. The league proposed this idea after successive violent encounters in November against Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert and against Nurkic.

Green is allowed to condition and practice with the Warriors, but it is unlikely he returns to the team facility on a regular basis before early January, sources said. Among those involved in this process, there’s a general belief that his suspension will cover a range of 11 to 13 games — barring any setbacks.

Warriors’ tribute video for Jordan Poole during last week’s game against the Wizards

NBA News:

Luka Doncic tops 10,000 career points with 50 in Mavs’ win | ESPN

Doncic entered Monday’s contest only 11 points shy of 10,000 for his career. He hit the milestone in the first quarter and did so in the fewest games of any player since Michael Jordan. He finished the outing by becoming only the fourth player in NBA history with a 50-point performance in a Christmas Day game, leading the Mavericks to a 128-114 win.

“Always, when this kind [of] award comes with a win, it’s even more fun,” said Doncic, who also tallied 15 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks. “It was a tough road game, and we won. So, outside of the 10K and 50 points, we won the game. So, I’m really happy.”

Celtics are NBA’s best team because of all the little things, which could be the key come June | Yahoo Sports

The Celtics aren’t the best team just because they own the league’s best record at 23-6 or even because Tatum’s production has taken another Herculean leap from last season, because it hasn’t. They’re the best team so far because they could withstand a 40-point barrage from Anthony Davis by fighting fire with fire, and an import named Kristaps Porziņģis kept Davis and the rest of the Lakers busy all night with 28 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and so many alterations of shots at the rim he might as well be called “The Tailor.” The Lakers were seeing ghosts when he wasn’t around and had no concept of his length when attacking the rim.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports on the frustrations of Phoenix’s Kevin Durant

In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:

Don’t look now: Andrew Wiggins is reminding everyone he’s still around

In an empty-corner pick-and-roll, the help comes from the weak-side “low” man — Michael Porter Jr. in the instance above. He pre-rotates to cover the roll, which leaves Wiggins open in the corner. Once Curry touches the paint, he finds Wiggins, who drills the open shot.

With Curry drawing aggressive coverages and constantly attracting two defenders to the ball at almost any moment, Wiggins brought back the kind of play the Warriors once saw from him as arguably the second-best player in their 2022 championship run

Warriors nearly overcome Steph Curry’s struggles in 120-114 loss to Nuggets

The Nuggets started hot from behind the arc and led for the entirety of the first quarter. However, Golden State’s bench unit sparked a second quarter rally to take their first lead of the game. Despite a back-and-forth series of runs throughout the next two quarters, Curry and Klay Thompson’s inability to generate efficient scoring (Thompson was 3-for-12 with 9 points), proved too much to overcome as Murray caught fire late.

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