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Deliberate or not, the world was watching and the storyline on the Warriors shifted.
The series comes down to tonight’s game and Curry either is able to lead them to victory or he isn’t.
Unfortunately the focus will be on Draymond and I have no doubt OKC will do their best into goading him into doing something stupid.
It shouldn’t be hard…down go the dubs…
Green has massively outperformed his draft status for years. He has become a truly reliable and excellent resource for this team. He’s an all star caliber player. But, he has reached his ceiling. Heck, he has banged into his ceiling with a thud and it ain’t pretty. He’s a 6’6″ jack of all trades now getting exposed trying to out rebound and guard 7 footers, of which OKC seems to have plenty. I don’t blame him for showing some mental frailty at this moment, at least he is fighting out there. Would take him over Harrison Barnes, whom has timidly hid behind his ‘potential’ label for years, almost afraid to reach for the ceiling. I’m done waiting for Barnes to become the third scorer we so desperately need him to be. Iggy can’t seem to do it this year, and Green is having some success doing it, but not consistently, against these guys. It’s Green or we’ll lose apparently. I don’t see Draymond backing down from the challenge for which he gets full credit in my book.
He made a mistake and he had a bad game. He’s still one of the best players in the league. I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t have a great game tonight.
Dear Lowell – I agree with every word in your very insightful/accurate assessment of Draymond’s debacle. Right on! Write on! / pb
Daymond earned this criticism, and let’s face it, he not only did it on purpose he did it twice. I think too that he’s a big enough man to own it and step up in this series and beyond if they somehow dig their way out of this, or next year. He’s not shy when criticized.
So I agree with Lowell on these points, but am also in Draymond’s corner.
Draymond is a special player, and this proves that this team is dramatically less competitive when Green is off than when any other player on the team is off, including Curry. The Finals last year were the same way- the W’s took off when Draymond did. And got beat when he wasn’t at his best.
PS- I’m surprised no one has asked this obvious question- what in the hell has Stephen Adams done to piss Draymond off that much?? Clearly Green sent a message. Twice. To the nethers.
I don’t think any of the Warriors leaders escape this current leadership void unscathed btw, so I don’t think it’s fair to single out Draymond. Thompson and especially Barnes disappear for long, long stretches. Ezeli has been committing stupid fouls, and for whatever reason from the first game of this series the entire team has been skittish- poor defense, stupid fouls, quick and poor shots, and more. They look nervous and that’s on the staff too.
Other than a 3rd quarter boost Curry hasn’t been the same since foolishly jumping into the stands in game 2. Yes, foolishly. It was the first quarter of a game 2 and I literally lost my breath when he did that.
It was reckless, and I don’t care how “competitive” he is. It was dumb and the team’s playing the price and now it’s being leaked to the press that he’s “maybe 70% healthy” to cover his ass. Given his dominating performance after the knee vs after the elbow I’m guessing the latter is a bigger deal. And it was completely avoidable.
So count Curry among those who lost his head and is costing the team.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.