Draymond Green: ‘Defense isn’t really an emphasis in this league anymore’

Warriors called for 29 fouls in Sunday night loss to Nuggets

Karl Buscheck
October 22, 2018 - 9:38 am

Offense is out of control in the opening week of the new NBA season. Draymond Green, the one-time Defensive Player of the Year, knows exactly why that is: that’s how the league wants it.

According to Green, defense is out and offense is in. Just look at the numbers. Per ESPN, the Nuggets are the only team in the NBA to hold the opposition to fewer than 100 points per game.

Fouls are up too. The Warriors were hit with 29 personal fouls in the 100-98 loss in Denver on Sunday night.

"It's been called pretty tight," Green said, per ESPN’s Nick Friedell. "We were told that. Defense isn't really an emphasis anymore in this league.”

“So I think you're seeing it all around the league with these high scores. We know what the emphasis is. Just got to be better, and we haven't done that in three games. Maybe we win two of them, but it caught us (Sunday night)."

Friedell has the perfect stat to encapsulate that point. At this point in the NBA calendar a year ago, just two teams where giving up 120 points on average. This year? 10.

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