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Warriors’ Rick Welts says he has ‘great relationship’ with Mark Jackson even after talk about Jason Collins comments

Warriors president Rick Welts is one member of the organization who is saying he had a “great relationship” with former coach Mark Jackson.

Welts, who is openly gay, told KQED Radio on Tuesday that their relationship remains that way even after he approached Jackson about comments the coach made last April after Jason Collins became the first NBA player to publicly come out as gay.

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Clippers 100, Warriors 86: Interpreting Draymond Green’s comments about Warriors being ‘too nice’

LOS ANGELES – Stephen Curry said the team wasn’t going to overreact, but one man’s overreaction is another man’s reaction.

For fiery Draymond Green, he was simply reacting and telling it like it is when he sat down dressed in a tank top and expressed how he felt the Warriors had been “too nice” to the Clippers.

Green didn’t mean the Warriors should have repeated a foul-filled Christmas Night game last year that led to multiple ejections and flagrant fouls.

“There was just no fire, ‘I don’t like you,’ ‘You don’t like me,’” Green said after the 100-86 loss Thursday. “But as far as that fire, that dog…”

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Warriors center Festus Ezeli to miss Christmas game against Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Warriors starting center Festus Ezeli will miss Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a sprained left ankle and is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Friday.

“Ankle’s really swollen,” Ezeli said. “I thought that I was going to have a chance to just push through it and play today. It’s kind of weird for me to be sitting out with an ankle sprain. I’ve never thought of that as a real injury, but it’s hard for me to even walk.”

Ezeli was injured in Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, and X rays were negative. The 6-foot-11 Ezeli missed all of last season recovering from knee surgery.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said either Marreese Speights or David Lee would start in Ezeli’s place as the they face Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who leads the NBA in rebounding.

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry leads Western Conference in early All-Star balloting, Klay Thompson sixth among guards

Warriors guard Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference and second in the NBA to Cleveland’s LeBron James after the first returns of the league’s All-Star balloting were released Thursday.

The early results put Curry on track to start the All-Star Game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City alongside the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in the backcourt.

“It’s pretty humbling people are noticing around the world what’s going on here,” said Curry, who believe  the votes are a reflection of the team winning.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson was sixth in the voting among Western Conference guards as he also trailed Houston’s James Harden, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul and Dallas’ Rajon Rondo.

New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Memphis’ Marc Gasol lead in the Western Conference’s frontcourt voting.

Balloting concludes on Jan. 19.

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Warriors starting center Festus Ezeli questionable to play against the Clippers on Christmas

LOS ANGELES – Warriors starting center Festus Ezeli is questionable to play in Thursday’s Christmas Night against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a mild left ankle sprain.

Ezeli left with the injury in the third quarter of Tuesday’s 115-105 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and said afterward he could have reentered the game and that he expected to play against the Clippers.

“I should be fine the next game,” Ezeli said. “I’m going. I’m good.”

Ezeli has averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in seven starts while the Warriors have been without Andrew Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury

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Lakers 115, Warriors 105: Draymond Green addresses shooting slump, resulting bad ‘body language’

LOS ANGELES – The Warriors stunk for one night in a 115-105 loss to the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers, but for Draymond Green, his personal shooting slump is in its second week.

The frustrations from that slump were visible as Green missed his first five shots on his way to scoring only two points, with the gesturing after shots went off the rim in the first quarter easy to spot.

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