Kerr: Rondo trying to trip Curry was 'dangerous…you can't do that'

Kerr: Rondo trying to trip Curry was 'dangerous…you can't do that'

Kerr: Rondo trying to trip Curry was 'dangerous…you can't do that'

Now their combustible convergence in the playoffs is providing spicy subplot to the Western Conference semifinal series between New Orleans and Golden State.

Davis didn't quite score 50, but his dominance around and above the rim got the Pelicans back in the series.

"That's basketball", he snapped back. You're going to be face-to-face with somebody, that's how you guard. That'd be giving the Pelicans guard too much credit, but you can't say he had nothing to do with it, either.

Most of their confrontations have occurred during stoppage of play. How many times have I walked up to him?

Rondo chalked up the testiness to "just how I am", and complimented Green's competitiveness.

Green and Rondo downplayed their after-the-whistle jawing.

In Game 3, Rondo took the upper hand.

"I don't have to try to bait Rondo". He talks a lot of shhhh. And as I said to both of them, I need them to be aggressive. He's a great a competitor and I love competing against him. And he's just trying to avoid the inevitable conclusion. When have I gotten into it with Rondo in this series? You've seen me get into it with people before.

PRESSURE IS ON: The Pelicans, who don't want to go back to the West Coast down 3-1 and on the brink of elimination.

Green does have an argument.

Steve Kerr didn't have any issues with the way Rajon Rondo tried to get in his team's head Friday night (May 4). They bumped chests and began jawing back and forth before players and coaches pulled them apart.

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Rondo has been an irritant for the Warriors over the past two games, and Green has been the main target of some of his antics.

That prompted another face-to-face encounter. It's just guys talking trash on the other team - it's kind of just natural for me to respond.

However, Green isn't completely in the clear.

Thompson's layup and two 3s in quick succession pulled the Warriors to 62-56 at halftime, but the Pelicans opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.

Still, he remains adamant that he's not the one starting things this series. "I see what they're trying to accomplish [from] a mile away", Green said after the Warriors' 119-100 loss to the Pelicans in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series Friday. That does nothing for me.

"I ain't tried to bait nobody".

"I don't have to bait Rondo". I actually got to be involved. At some point, somebody has got to tell the truth. "It ain't Draymond this time".

"I've baited a lot of guys". Succeeded quite a bit, sometimes failed.

When asked if he said something to the league about that play, Kerr said "possibly". There is no crossing the line to win. All he does is win. "And if you're verbally weak, he's going to take advantage of that". I saw him today - we spent 20 minutes together. Their combustible convergence is compelling because both players are leaders who produce even as they engage in psychological gamesmanship. "You're not going to come out here and dance around and disrespect us as competitors'". "I think our guys understand that at this point in the game".

Rondo downplayed the incident when asked about it. At some point, somebody has to tell the truth. "I ain't expecting it, but I do look forward to it". "I ain't trying to bait nobody".

"I'm chilling, playing basketball". Maybe it won't happen. The Warriors' team defense was a mess - a lot of that falls on Green, the team's on-field defensive coordinator - and the forward's offensive game was out-of-sorts as well - he had seven turnovers and looked skittish in making decisions on the offensive end.

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