Draymond Green Warriors

Arnab Bose

NBA

EXPLAINED: Can Draymond Green Save The Golden State Warriors Upon Return From Suspension?

Since the back-to-back suspensions of Draymond Green, the Golden State Warriors have been under a lot of pressure. Albeit, the Dubs won the first couple of games this regular season. But the suspension of the veteran forward messed up the whole process for the modern-day Dynasty. The first suspension ruled Green out for five games. Later, as he returned, it did not take long for Dray to commit another foul. As a result, Green received a suspension for an indefinite duration. In his absence, the GSW felt very weak at defense and have been seeing themselves on frequent losing streaks. Moreover, the team has been very inconsistent, with the Splash Brothers underperforming as well.

Steph Curry started the season well. But later, he saw his performance level dip down. On the other hand, Klay Thompson did not start the season well. He was facing a lot of criticism for his poor shooting, and it did not get better overnight. Gradually, the Splash Brothers helped the Warriors to win a few games. However, the absence of Green has been very prominent. Moreover, the Dubs are the 12th seed in the Western Conference at present with an 18-22 record. When Green returns, can he save the Dubs from this worsening situation?

   

The Dubs Hope To See Draymond Green Return As The “Savior” Of The Warriors

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Draymond Green Warriors Source: Sports Illustrated

A long time after striking Jusef Nurkic in early December against the Phoneix Suns, Draymond Green set his return to the lineup. During his absence, the Warriors had a really tough time, and Steph Curry even booed himself after a game. Hence, when the Dub Nation got to know that Green would return, many believed he would be the savior of the team. However, Draymond Green sounded pretty rational about the whole situation. Recently, in an interview with Kendra Andrews of ESPN, Draymond Green mentioned he’s no savior who would save the Dubs’ defense or anything like that. But Green said that he’s pretty good with communications, and that’s just contagious like everything else.

Draymond Green may not see himself as a savior, but his presence does make a difference. At least, that’s what the Splash Brothers believe. As Green said, he’s good with communications. Steph Curry earlier had said with a lack of communication comes a lack of trust. Steph emphasized the trust between the players. Similarly, Klay Thompson had said that they are not the same Warriors without Dray Green. Hence, the franchise, the players, and the fans are eagerly waiting for the veteran forward to return.

Green Has Been An Essential Part Of The Epic Warriors’ Tripod

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Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry & Draymond Green Warriors Source: Heavy.com

The kind of situation the seven-time champions are in at present, they will benefit a lot when Green returns. Dray might not call himself a savior. But that does not change the fact that his defensive knowledge and leadership make a lot of difference. That’s what the modern-day dynasty would be counting on.

Speaking of the dynasty, Green is also a four-time champion along with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They made the Warriors a top fan-favorite team in the league in modern times. Albeit, they might feel the absence of Kevin Durant. But without Kevin, the Dubs tripod won the 2015 as well as the 2022 seasons.