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Dub Hub: Draymond Green admits ‘I’ve cost my team enough’

Rounding up all Warriors and NBA related news for Wednesday, January 10th.

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Warriors News:

Draymond Green discusses why he feels a sense of urgency for his return

Kerr now ‘less inclined’ to play Kuminga, Wiggins together | NBC Sports Bay Area

“It’s just tough, we know this from — Steph is such a unique player that the combinations around Steph really make a big difference. We’ve been trying a lot of different things this year, but I’ve said the last week we would like to try that more and it really didn’t go well clearly, the other night,” Kerr said.

“So, it’s tough when you’re where we are in 11th place in the west, I think. It’s tough to continue to experiment with things that really aren’t proving to be very successful. So, it still could happen but to be perfectly honest, I’m less inclined to do it now.”

Steve Kerr discusses the importance of balancing Steph Curry’s on-ball and off-ball duties

Pistons trade scenarios: How can Detroit bolster its roster without giving up too much? | The Athletic

The Warriors appear to be reaching the end of the dynasty and could really use a shake-up of sorts as they attempt to salvage what is left of this season and try to compete for as long as Stephen Curry is playing at a high level. Golden State also could use some cap flexibility beyond this season.

Here’s what a proposed trade might look like:

Pistons receive: Andrew Wiggins

Warriors receive: Alec Burks, Monté Morris and a second-round pick

Chris Paul to be re-evaluated in three weeks

NBA News:

Sources: Heat extend Erik Spoelstra with record 8-year, $120M contract | ESPN

Spoelstra, 53, has established himself as one of the most respected and successful coaches in professional sports and the new deal reflects both his and the organization’s desire to keep him with the only franchise he’s ever worked for in the NBA.

Spoelstra — who has won two championships and reached the NBA Finals six times — is the NBA’s second-highest-paid coach on an annual basis, behind Gregg Popovich at $19 million per season, but the length of Spoelstra’s deal separates him financially from his peers, sources said.

Q&A: Rudy Gobert on why he’s the ‘most impactful defender in the world’ | NBA

The drop coverage you played in Utah so successfully, a strategy other teams also use, can frustrate fans who see conceded mid-range shots. Your thoughts?

If you allow 90 points per game, you’d be the best defense in the league. But it’s still 90 points. You can’t stop everything. You’ve got to play the percentages. Take guys out of their comfort zone. Force guys to beat you maybe with the mid-range. If someone cooks you all night from the mid-range, it’s two points [per bucket]. If someone drives and kicks, everyone gets going and guys light you up from the 3-point line, it’s three points and the corner threes are the most efficient outside shot.

In Utah we found out that taking away the corner threes makes the other team’s efficiency worse. Same at the rim – the shot everybody wants is the layup or a dunk. The three, even if someone is wide open coming off a screen, it’s never going to be a 100% shot.

You don’t want to make it easy. And some of the guys in this league are unique, like Steph Curry. But other guys, “Yeah, shoot all night.” Your teammates are not going to touch the ball, they’re going to get frustrated and you’re going to shoot contested twos all night.

Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic rips officiating after 132-131 loss vs. Lakers

In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:

Steve Kerr says the Warriors are asking Draymond Green to not argue with refs

Whenever he does return, Steve Kerr has given him a lofty but admirable goal: stop arguing with the refs. Kerr revealed to reporters on Tuesday that the Warriors want the four-time All-Star to focus less on the refs so that the team can focus more on the details that have plagued their disappointing 2023-24 campaign. Kerr also admitted the obvious: it’s easier said than done.

DarioWatch: PEEPAW DOWN

I’ve mentioned before that Dario likes to find friends to stick to on every team he plays for. On the Sixers, it was Joel Embiid and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. With the Timberwolves, it was Robert Covington and Andrew Wiggins. In Phoenix, it was Cam Johnson, and in Golden State, it’s Chris Paul. This isn’t the first time Dario’s doubted himself when his bestie went down. In 2018, he referred to the Sixers without Joel Embiid as “a Batman movie without Batman” — despite the fact that the Sixers kept themselves afloat until the Phantom of the Process could make a comeback halfway through the team’s first playoff run in six years.

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