GOLDEN State Warriors' Draymond Green says it's "bulls***" Klay Thompson isn't considered one of the best 15 players in the NBA.
Three members of the league-leading Warriors have been recognised in the All-NBA teams. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry were second team selections while Green was a third-teamer.
Green says Thompson, who averaged a career-high 22.3 points and made a team-best 41.4% of his threes, didn't get the credit he deserved for helping the Warriors win a league-leading 67 games.
"I think it's bulls***. What did we win 67 games or something like that? And we probably handed teams three or four (wins). You're talking a possible 70-win season," Green said.
"I think Klay is one of our top three guys and to not be on an All-NBA team I think it's pretty crazy. It's some guys on there as scorers averaging 20 points, and don't have as near an amount of wins as we have.
"So how he can be left out? I don't really understand it. You know, also the way Klay can defend. You know, I don't understand it. But I guess they gotta find some way to punish us."
Curry agreed. "He definitely deserved to be on one of those teams," he said.
Durant had a beef, too -that he wasn't a first-teamer.
"So many guys played well this year. Just grateful to be a part of the list. Obviously I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is," he told reporters.
Thompson hadn't heard he didn't make the All-NBA team. His typically stoic reaction when he was told: "That's all right."
Obvious selections LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard were joined on the first team by Anthony Davis.
Davis barely held off Utah's Rudy Gobert for the first-team centre spot, finishing with 343 points to Gobert's 339.
Joining Gobert, Curry and Durant on the second team were Boston's Isaiah Thomas and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Third-team selections were Washington's John Wall and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan at guard, Green and Chicago's Jimmy Butler at forward, and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers at centre. Jordan edged Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns for the final centre spot.
IN THE summer of 2015, the San Antonio Spurs went shopping like they never have before.
Long content to spend big money on their core while using free agency to sprinkle role players around them, the Spurs lavished a max contract on LaMarcus Aldridge, a four-time All-Star from Portland who would join Kawhi Leonard as one of the focal points of the franchise after Tim Duncan retired.
Now with Leonard ailing and San Antonio facing mighty Golden State in the Western Conference finals, the Spurs need Aldridge to take control.
"LaMarcus has to score for us," coach Gregg Popovich said after the 136-100 wipe-out in game two that put the Warriors up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
"He can't be timid. He turned down shots in the first quarter. He can't do it. You've got to score."
Aldridge had just eight points on 4-for-11 shooting in game two as he was swarmed all night by a Warriors defence that was free to double and sometimes triple team him since it didn't have to worry about Leonard, who missed the game with an ankle injury.
Aldridge knows he has to be more aggressive in game three in San Antonio.
"The ball has to move, but I have to take a shot if it's there," Aldridge said Thursday. "I was trying to make the extra pass, but I have to score, too. If I'm open, I have to shoot."
LEBRON James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of making their second consecutive 10-0 start to the NBA playoffs when they face the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
The defending NBA champions ripped the Celtics 117-104 in Wednesday's start of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final series with game two Friday in Boston.
"We did a good job of coming out, throwing the first punch," said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.
Cleveland swept past Indiana and Toronto in the opening rounds and could match last year's 10-0 playoff start, one shy of the best in NBA history, with another road triumph.
James scored 38 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made seven assists against the Celtics in game one, giving him 35 or more in five consecutive games and at least 30 in seven as he raises his game the nearer he gets to reaching a seventh consecutive NBA Finals.
Cleveland could become the first team to make 10-0 playoff starts in consecutive seasons. Golden State is off to a 10-0 start in the Western Conference.
The record NBA playoff start of 11-0 was accomplished twice by the Los Angeles Lakers, in 2001 when they dropped only one game on the way to the title and in 1989 when they reached the final only to be swept by Detroit.
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