SALT LAKE CITY — Players use all sorts of methods to mentally prepare themselves for games.
On Thursday, Draymond Green used something Jazz coach Quin Snyder supposedly said to fuel his fire in Golden State’s 106-99 victory.
Before the game, Green received a text message from his mom that quoted Snyder allegedly saying the Jazz should let the Warriors' big man shoot because of all of Golden State’s dangerous weapons.
“I’m really not the right guy to talk junk to,” Green told Bay Area reporters after Saturday’s shootaround. “You kind of wake up somebody else. Maybe he learned. Or maybe he’ll try it again. But I’m really not the right person to do that against.”
Sparked by the perceived slight, Green hit 4-of-6 3-pointers against the injury-plagued Jazz.
How about this interesting twist: Media who attended Thursday’s interview sessions and Jazz PR can’t remember or locate the origination of the Snyder quote Green’s mom sent him.
Snyder, who is thoughtful and careful when talking about his players and opponents, was asked about the situation before Saturday’s game against the Kings.
“To me, he’s one of the players in the league, one of the very best players in the league and one of the ones that I personally respect the most,” Snyder said of Green. “It’s for what he does on the floor: the passing, the shooting, the playmaking, but it’s all for that competitiveness, the IQ.”
Snyder continued about how he apparently unintentionally motivated the Warrior.
“He’s so competitive, he’s going to make you pay for what he thinks you’re thinking. To me, it’s a compliment to him, if anything, that he’s able to generate motivation from a situation that that’s now how I want to guard him. Some of those threes were in transition and things like that. But again, he’s one of those guys that I love to watch him play, and there isn’t anything he can’t do on the court, including making plays and shoot.”
Green took a humorous jab at Snyder on Thursday when reporters asked why he and Kevin Durant were laughing at the end of the Jazz-Warriors game.
“Like, bro, you’re down 10 with six seconds left,” Green said. “It’s kind of over, my man. Let’s just go to the restaurant, have a good dinner and just chill.”
BOOTING THE BOOT: George Hill has missed six straight games with a sprained big toe on his left foot. Though he’s not quite ready to return, the point guard is no longer using a walking boot.
After Saturday’s shootaround, Hill spent time with assistant coaches doing flat-footed shooting drills at the practice facility.
The Jazz no longer release timelines for when players might return, but Snyder admitted Hill’s injury is taking longer to heal than the team originally thought.
“George is a tough guy,” Snyder said. “He’s always feeling like he wants to try to go, but he’s not in a position where that’s realistic right now. Hopefully, were getting closer to it.”