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Warriors notebook: Kerr on McCaw’s demotion, the new-look Cavs and underestimating Draymond

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Draymond Green is out but Patrick McCaw is back for Monday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND — Patrick McCaw will be playing in his fifth game in as many nights when the Golden State Warriors host the Phoenix Suns on Monday evening for the penultimate game before the All-Star break.

Three of those games will be with the Warriors and two with the team’s Santa Cruz affiliate after McCaw asked to get some game action in the G-League last week.

“I want him to play and I just want him to let loose,” Kerr said. “So I think it’s been a good experience for him and we may do it again after the break.

On Friday night, McCaw dropped 22 points (9-for-19 from the field), while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing three assists in 32 minutes. McCaw’s Sunday outing was not nearly as productive. The second-year wing scored six points in 25 minutes, going 2-for-11 from the field.

“So, we’ll see, but I just want him to keep shooting and keep being aggressive.”

“I only think about our team

Kerr flashed a smile and some humor when asked if he’d watched the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers blow out the Boston Celtics, 121-99, on Sunday.

“I only think about our team,” Kerr said.

‘Turned out he was the best defensive player in the league’

The Warriors are without Draymond Green (sprained left index finger) against the Suns, but the defensive general’s name still came up during the pregame press conference. When Kerr was asked if he’d ever imagined that Green would be so successful with Golden State, the head coach admitted that he never saw this kind of ceiling.

“No. I mean, he was a second-round pick. I did a couple of his games at Michigan St. when I worked in television. I didn’t see him becoming an all-star. But it was hard to pinpoint what he was in college.

“He [was] a 6-foot-6 forward kind of a do-it-all forward but he didn’t look like he was great at anything. It looked like he was kind of a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. Turned out he was the best defense player in the league.


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