Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green got very honest about his team’s struggles this week.
Although Golden State secured a much-needed victory over a weak Chicago Bulls squad on Sunday, the team struggled mightily in its first two outings of the year – getting blown out by the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks in consecutive showings.
In an interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Green gave his frank assessment of where his club currently stands.
Draymond Green on the Warriors’ offense: “We have to figure out what we have to do different.”
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“We have to figure out what we have to do different,” he said.
“Because the reality is there is no Klay Thompson, there is no Kevin Durant, there is no Shaun Livingston or Andre Iguodala.”
And as far as Green is concerned, that means adjustments must be made.
“You know everyone would always like point to us four but… you know all the guys that have come through here, throughout that five-year period, where we were really at the top, those guys were extremely important to what we were able to do.
“I have come to the realization that those guys are longer here and some things may have to change. So figuring out what those changes are, while trying to stay true to who we are, is the challenge.”
Zaza Pachulia made a similar point last week during an interview with Wes Goldberg of The Mercury News. Except he made the case that the Warriors’ struggles were largely a byproduct of Curry being unable to adjust to the missing pieces.
“It started with Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green setting screens to get him open,” he said.
“Klay [Thompson] helps because teams cannot really load on Steph. If you leave Klay open, Klay’s going to make 14 3s against the Chicago Bulls.
“With Kevin Durant, one of the best players in the league, Steph has more freedom,” Pachulia continued.
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“He can be who he is. But if you have this amazing defender on him and a big man down there waiting for him, then Steph is going to struggle, too.”
Before Thompson got reinjured late this offseason, there was talk of Golden State perhaps being a dark horse title contender. Obviously that will not be the case this year.
That said – there is a wide gap between being a title contender and being as terrible as the Warriors have been in two of their last three games. Hopefully the team figures out a way to creep up into “average to above average” territory as the season progresses.