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Draymond Green wasn’t very happy that Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson was left off of the All-NBA teams. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Golden State Warriors — and most good NBA players — love to manufacture motivation by developing grudges from any slight, no matter how mundane.

With the Dubs cruising through the first 10 games of their postseason schedule, people have been believing in them a little too much.

Thankfully, the league announced its All-NBA teams on Thursday. And, like manna from the heavens, there was a reason for the Warriors to be upset about how one of them have been treated. Specifically, Klay Thompson didn’t make the cut.

The players’ reactions fell as expected: Stephen Curry was measured, Thompson stoic, Kevin Durant preferred to look at the big picture. But it’s Draymond Green, the team’s emotional leader and oftentimes the personification of its id came through.

“I think it’s bullshit,” Draymond Green reacted. “… I don’t understand it. But I guess they’ve got to find some way to punish us.”

Ahh, there it is.

Curry, typically more diplomatic than Green, acknowledged the team has “bigger fish to fry,” but that Klay “definitely deserved to be in that spot.”

“We’ll be the ones to praise him and to lift him up if need be, because he deserves that recognition for his impact on both ends of the floor,” Curry said.

That’s just good passive-aggressive strawman fighting.

For his part, Thompson maintained his aloofness when asked about being left off: He said he didn’t know when he met with the media that he wasn’t on the list.

When told, Thompson said, “That’s all right.”

All-NBA teams

Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City
James Harden, G, Houston
Kawhi Leonard, F, San Antonio
LeBron James, F, Cleveland
Anthony Davis, C, New Orleans

Isaiah Thomas, G, Boston
Stephen Curry, G, Golden State
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
Kevin Durant, F, Golden State
Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz

John Wall, G, Washington
DeMar DeRozan, G, Toronto
Jimmy Butler, F, Chicago
Draymond Green, F, Golden State
DeAndre Jordan, C, L.A. Clippers

Contact Jacob C. Palmer at jpalmer@sfexaminer.com or on Twitter, @jacobc_palmer.

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