But that's not Green's fault, according to Draymond himself. Rondo thrives against Golden State's hybrid zone defense and finds windows to rack up assists. Their combustible convergence is compelling because both players are leaders who produce even as they engage in psychological gamesmanship. "And with my guys on the court, I'm going to fight as hard as I can".
The play-off top seeds took a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference series which continues on Sunday in Utah.
The Rondo-Green sideshow is compelling because of what both players mean to their teams.
Kerr acknowledged that he "possibly" spoke to the league about those plays. They are accomplished leaders who produce.
"To win Game 4 we've got to play better than we played in Game 3", Green said. If somebody's open on the pick-and-roll if they double, just making a good pass.
Meanwhile, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry loves Rondo's intensity. I'm chilling, playing basketball.
"That's basketball. You're going to be face-to-face with somebody".
Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls Green his team's "heart and soul", and its "engine".
"I was rushing a little bit and just missed shots", Curry said. Yeah, he's trying to bait me to get a technical foul. "At some point, somebody has to tell the truth. It ain't Draymond this time".
"Playing with force isn't beating your chest and screaming and the fake hustle part of the game". When asked if that's a challenge, he said, "No".
Pelicans forward Solomon Hill explained that Rondo - accomplished, playoff-savvy veteran that he is - seeks to neutralize Green's psychological effect by taking on a "big brother" role for the Pelicans.
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Amazon, however, launched an investigation into the claims, which ended in Tambor being removed from the series in February . Tambor denied the claims, calling them "baseless".
"I haven't been getting into it with Rondo", Green began. You're going to do whatever you got to do to win.
Warriors lead 2-1. Game 4, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ABC.
It's been one of the catalysts behind New Orleans' improved team chemistry this season, and he's urged players like Davis and Jrue Holiday to develop those same type of bonds with other Pelicans players to bring the entire team together.
Green went on to say that he doesn't think he'll have to critique Curry and Durant again any time soon.
The two combined to shoot 15-of-37 from the field in Game 3.
"I still don't think KD or Steph [Curry] was aggressive enough", Green said. "I've said to both of them, I need them to be aggressive". It's been once. I wouldn't even say 'getting into it though.' How many times have I walked up to him? He added just eight more in the second quarter before he exploded in the third to put this game out of reach. They're our guys, that's who we're going to to get buckets.
Green's clear implication is that Rondo has been trying to bait him. Their 39 points in the first quarter had the Jazz reeling - which was just what the Rockets had in mind.
"We'll probably send [the tape of the incidents] in", he said.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon has been a tough cover for the Jazz. Kevin Durant scored 22 points for the Warriors, but hit only two shots in the second half.
ROOKIE STRUGGLES: Utah's Donovan Mitchell is averaging 16 points on 32 percent shooting in the series while filling in at point guard for Ricky Rubi.