It's not easy being Green

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It's not easy being Green

By Michael Felger

My world, as defined by standard dialogue with my peers.

Comcast basketball analyst prior to Thursday:

"Watch the games, Felger. When the starting five of Rondo, Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Perkins is healthy, the Celtics are the team to beat. You just don't know basketball."

Comcast basketball analyst shortly after 3 p.m. last Thursday:

"Check that. What we meant to say was that they'll be the team to beat if they get rid of their starting center and bring in a backup swing man."

Green Teamer last Thursday morning:

"Defense wins championships, you DB. Forget what Perk does offensively. The Celts don't need it. When you focus on his offensive deficiencies, you just prove how ignorant you are when it comes to the NBA."

Green Teamer at 3:02 that afternoon:

"Well, it's obvious that Perk is a liability on offense. Can't catch. Can't finish. Puts the ball on the floor. Why do you think Big Baby finishes games? Perk's offense was killing them."

Gary Tanguay, Greg Dickerson, Cedric Maxwell, et al, at any time from 2008 through 2010:

"Shaquille O'Neal is washed up, Felger. Out of shape. Can't stay healthy. More concerned with reality shows than winning games. He brought Phoenix down. He got in the way of LeBron in Cleveland. The Cavs were actually better off when he was on the bench. Can't you see that, Mr. Basketball? The Celtics are about 'team.' Not individuals. Ubuntu. Not that you would know anything about that."

Dicker-guay on Aug. 4, the day the C's signed O'Neal:

"This signing makes sense only because Shaq is going to be a role player. It's not his team. It's not even his position. He's going to have to accept playing behind Perk. That's why it will work."

Max-erson on Thursday afternoon:

"Who needs Perk. We've got Shaq."

Wyc Grousbeck (through the lips of any given Celtics analyst) all summer:

"If we had Perk for Game Seven in L.A. last year we would have had Banner 18."

Grousbeck (through the Green Team filter) today:

"Perk's importance has been overblown that game. Derrick Fisher hit a big shot. Some calls went against us. We didn't play well as a team. Perk wouldn't have made a difference. But our new backup wing player will."

Green Teamer all season:

"LeBron and the Heat don't scare us, you idiot. We've beaten him all three times this year. He's never beaten us in the playoffs. Why would we worry about him?"

Green Teamer following the Carmelo Anthony trade to the Knicks last week:

"Interesting move, but the Knicks are a long way from being a threat. No single perimeter player can beat us."

Green Teamer today:

"Jeff Green gives us something we haven't had since James Posey was here. We miss Tony Allen. Look at the matchups. You have to get out of the East before you get to the Finals. Pierce needs help defending Carmelo and LeBron. And don't forget Turkoglu and Joe Johnson. This was our biggest need."

Doc Rivers to Kobe Bryant on August 23:

"The Lakers still have not beaten our starting five. Our starting five against the Lakers starting five has a ring. Tell him dont forget that. We will be back strong and Perk will be there next year if theres a Game Seven."

Doc today:

"Um . . . Ah . . . Well . . . "

Dickerson this morning:

"I've got that dry cleaning for you, Doc. I'll have it over just as soon as drop Danny's off."

Tanguay this morning:

"Great trade, Wyc. I should be done waxing your car by this afternoon."

Max this morning:

"How are the Bruins working out for you, Felger? Enjoy the first round!"

Like I said: My world.

E-mail Felger HERE and read the mailbag on Thursday. Listen to him on the radio weekdays, 2-6 p.m., on 98.5 the Sports Hub.

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

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Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

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Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

By Kurt Helin, NBC Pro Basketball Talk

This is a sad and stunning development.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, the rookie guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, has died, the Dallas, Texas, County Coroner has confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune broke the news.

Dejean-Jones was just 23.

The coroner’s office would not give a cause of death, but Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had the tragic detail.