Steve Kerr Says Draymond Green is the 'Ultimate Antagonist'

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Green bristled at the notion that he started any of the dust-ups with Rondo, insinuating that Rondo was the instigator. Both are determined competitors.

"If somebody's yelling in your ear, you're going to get to a point where it's about respect", Hill said, referring to Rondo by his nickname, "Do.' "And that's kind of where 'Do" is". "I don't see anything wrong with it, other than the tripping".

"I think Draymond's done a good job of handling his business", Kerr said after Saturday's practice session. "When have I went up to him and tried to bait him?". After being handled by the Warriors in the first two games of the series on the road, the Pelicans were already being written off by the majority of the media. "I ain't trying to bait nobody".

"I got no comment". That does nothing for me. I haven't gotten into it with him. You all hate the storyline of somebody trying to bait me, I've just got to be involved. "I'm not going to get in my head about it". 'Oh, Draymond is doing this! At some point somebody's got to tell the truth. "It ain't Draymond this time".

"I've baited a lot of guys", he conceded. Succeeded in quite a bit, sometimes not. "I appreciate who he is and how he plays because he's all about winning. We need them to be aggressive at all times, and they'll be that way tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow's game". Maybe it won't happen. "I ain't expecting it, but I do look forward to it".

When asked particularly about Rondo placing his foot under Curry, Green pivoted with his response.

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"I'm not an idiot, that's for sure", he said. I haven't seen it, but it's basketball.

"We're trying to win Game 4". Rondo thrives against Golden State's hybrid zone defense and finds windows to rack up assists. "I love competing against him". It's just that he talks a lot of sh- and this is a part of it.

"And when he's on your team - oh man do you love him".

He said his shot feels good, he just has to try and stay confident.

Rondo said there is no method to his tactics, that he's merely playing the game against someone willing to use similar tactics. "Other than that, I like the competition". "With my guys on the court, I'm going to fight as hard as I can. and do whatever it takes".

While sinking three straight three-pointers in a span of just 2 minutes, 44 seconds, Hill pushed a three-point lead into double digits, an edge New Orleans kept for the vast majority of the 119-100 win. Kerr juggled the starting lineup with two new insertions, elevating Curry back to starter and also starting center JaVale McGee.