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Warriors secure win over Mavs, but continue to struggle with technicals

Mark Medina, The Mercury News on

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"They've worked very hard as individuals to cultivate a reputation that I think is mostly appreciated out there," Myers said. "Through their play, their character, their demeanor, the way that Steve coaches, the way they share."

So, Myers said he told the Warriors, "'You need to work to protect that. Acknowledge it. That takes care to sustain that -- keep that and don't lose sight of that.'"

The Warriors lead the league in ejections (nine) and are third in technical fouls (47). The NBA also fined Green $50,000 for "directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official" during Tuesday's loss to Oklahoma City. Green became upset with official Lauren Holtcamp after not calling a foul on Oklahoma City forward Jerami Grant elbowed Green in the mouth and caused him to bleed. On Thursday, Green said he would wear braces "for a couple of weeks" after receiving dental treatment on Wednesday.

"Draymond and I are actually more alike than you think," Kerr said. "We both have the propensity to snap because we're both incredibly competitive. We both lose it sometimes."

After all, Green leads the NBA in technical fouls (14), while Kerr is tied for the fourth-most technical fouls (five) among the league's coaches. Durant also ranks second in technicals (11) and leads the league in ejections (four), while Green has three.

Has that given the Warriors a bad reputation?

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"We probably deserve one," Kerr said. "We've got that going for us. If we have that reputation, then we're earning it. The main thing is just getting back to how we know how to play."

At least the Warriors took care of that on Monday by securing a win.

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