It may have taken you a whole month to get there, but the Golden State Warriors are officially a winning basketball team again. In their Sunday win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Steph Curry and co. shot 57.5% off the floor, dropped 20 three-point bombs and lit the scoreboard with 137 points.
With the W, the Dubs extended their all-season winning streak to three games and have now won eight of their last 11 competitions. As a result, they are finally back above the .500 mark with 11-10 in the campaign.
Although it was Curry who produced an evenly balanced goal attack at 25, big man Draymond Green was perhaps as responsible as anyone for the favorable result.
In 33 minutes of play, Green had 19 points of his own while dishing out 11 assists (with ZERO turnovers) in a top-level game and making two blocked shots defensively. Green’s impact was such that one of his co-stars, Klay Thompson, was persuaded to preach about the baller’s diverse talents after the contest.
During an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Postgame Live crew, Thompson was asked what kind of credit he would give Green for the recent turn of the dubs. He had no qualms about handing it out in droves.
“Well, Draymond is one of the most versatile players I’ve ever played with. He can play any position, he can defend any position. He’s probably the smartest player I’ve ever played with in terms of his ability to read the game. And he’s like a point guard for us out there. when me and steph [Jordan Poole] and Andrew [Wiggins] off the ball, Draymond starts the offense… I mean, he’s one of the most unique players I’ve ever seen.
“You can say anything about his numbers but, man… he’s a winner. He’s won at every level, so Dub Nation should be very thankful to have a player like Draymond Green.”
While it’s true that he hasn’t been a consistent double-digit goalscorer for several seasons – and he’s nowhere near as dangerous as his core cohorts – there are definitely numbers that show Green’s worth.
His 10.0 net rating is the team’s highest, and his 109.6 D rating is just 0.2 points/100 possessions behind No. 1 Donte DiVincenzo, who plays almost exclusively against backups. Additionally, three of the team’s four best defensive lineups (played at least 15 minutes together) are anchored by Green.
These include regulars Steph-Klay-Dray-Wiggins-Kevon Looney starting five and taking opponents to just 105.4pts/100-pos. over 231 total minutes.
Thompson could never top his 41-point-10-three performance against the Houston Rockets on November 20th of this season. But that wasn’t his only great game lately. Over the past 10 days, he’s looked a lot like the Splash Bro who has helped the Warriors gain four chips for the past eight years.
Against Wolves, he scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including 5-of-8 from three-point range). And as of November 18, he’s been averaging 24.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per outing with stunning splits of 54-56-80.
After his last attempt, however, he was more interested in hearing other people talk about his exploits than commenting on it himself: