Balls: Green's mom dominates Twitterverse in defeat 

It sure was hard to be Green in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday.

That would be Draymond Green and Mary Babers-Green, his mother and biggest fan, naturally.

Only three minutes into the second quarter, Green was involved in a minicontroversy when he inadvertently struck Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley in the face during a scramble for a loose ball. The game was the first for Conley since he underwent surgery to repair a fracture near his left eye last week.

“I would never intentionally try to hurt a guy, and I let him know that,” Green said. “But just because a guy has a mask on his face doesn’t change the fact that you want to go after the ball. There are a lot of people on my Twitter giving me hate. I mean, they can make it that I tried to hit Conley in the face if they want to, but that doesn’t make me feel any different.”

A video review confirmed that Green wasn’t guilty of a hostile act.

“Conley moved HELL....Dray was trying to put is hand on the FLOOR ..so SAVE the BS!!!” tweeted Babers-Green, who had 4,340 followers at last check.

Babers-Green was no less emphatic after her son was whistled for a foul late in the first quarter. The forward was socked with a technical after he beefed about the call for several seconds.

“That was some BULL...these REFS Need Glasses!” Babers-Green responded.

The referees were a favorite target on this night.

“OKAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH...these FOULS THAT THEY ARE GETTING AWAY WITH IS ATROCIOUS!”

Then Babers-Green added: “5 against 8 just ain’t FAIR...”

Finally, when the Grizzlies threatened to pull away with her son on the bench, Babers-Green had some free advice for coach Steve Kerr and his staff.

“We are STRUGGLING...come in before [Charles] BARKLEY GETS TO TALKING!” Babers-Green said.

The Grizzlies won the game, but Babers-Green had the last word.

“It’s a SERIES...not 1 GAME..sheesh RELAX YALL HAVE NOT WON ISH!”

MORE GREEN: A sample of previous tweets by Green’s mom in the the series:

“Tonight is going to be very emotional. ... #LetTheLoveBegin Warriors COME OUT AN PLAYYYYYYYY!”

“WE DO NOT know these players personally. We only know ROLE that they PLAY on TV .. stop with all the criticizing & critiquing .. sheesh”

“So glad we punched them in the mouth...so those spitballs by KLAY & DRAY doesn’t matter! #SPANKED”

“These are HIGH SCHOOL REFS! #majorsuck”

“Tony Allen is so DISRESPECTFUL ... interrupting our babies!”

WHERE’S LEANDRO? Splash Brothers Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry drowned in sea of missed shots. They were held to 32 points on 13-of-34 in the field.

Reserve guard Leandro Barbosa scored 14 points but played only 14 minutes.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Now that Curry is the Most Valuable Player, is it possible that the national media will realize he and the Warriors aren’t from another planet?

Al Attles believes so, and Balls won’t argue with a guy who has been with the team since Wilt Chamberlain was its first MVP selection in the Philadelphia Warriors days.

“It’s great to have a player of Steph’s caliber to do what he has done because word spreads to the rest of the country,” Attles said. “He’s a terrific ambassador for the game. He’s an outstanding player. He’s an outstanding family man. He does a great job of communicating that, and the message resonates throughout the league.”

BLASTED ROCKETS: More good news for the Warriors: Both teams in the other West semifinal series have problems.

The Houston Rockets have a gift-wrapped opportunity to advance to the finals, but they don’t have the leadership and mental toughness to get it done. And while the Los Angeles Clippers have showed plenty of grit lately, they’ll have to survive with Chris Paul on a bum hamstring for the rest of the playoffs.

In Game 1, the Rockets played like chihuahuas in a 16-point loss at home. Earlier in the day, James Harden was named the runner-up in the MVP race. Rather than make the voters look foolish, Harden turned passive and committed nine turnovers, hardly what one would expect of a team leader.

If the Warriors take care of their own business, they may have their hands full in the next round, but only if Paul is reasonably healthy. And that appears to be a big if right now.

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE ... Vince Carter?

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