A month after the supposed beginning of the end, the Warriors are back

Draymond goes for 7, 7 and 10 in return as Golden State rolls past Wolves

Bonta Hill
December 11, 2018 - 8:48 am

Back on Nov. 12 in Los Angeles, the NBA world was relishing the drama surrounding Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, hoping that it was the beginning of the end for this empire.

Fast forward to the present, and now the NBA world is cringing; the Golden State Warriors are, once again, playing like the Golden State Warriors.

Monday night’s 116-108 win at Oracle Arena over the Minnesota Timberwolves wasn’t the Warriors’ cleanest game, but with Draymond Green back in the fold, the champs really had no issue winning their fourth straight game.

Sure, Stephen Curry’s 38 points (seven 3-pointers), seven rebounds, six rebounds, and two steals will be what folks remember about this game, but Green’s presence shouldn’t be ignored.

Green, who missed the last 11 games due to a sprained big toe, is the best glue-guy in NBA history, so when he’s talking trash, pushing the rock, snatching rebounds and swinging the ball around, the Warriors are unbeatable.

Just ask head coach Steve Kerr.

Even though Green has openly talked about winning another Defensive Player of the Year award, his playmaking ability continues to be underrated. His basketball IQ is phenomenal, as these two possessions below will prove, including that ridiculous pass to Klay Thompson to end the first half.

Draymond finished with a Draymond-like statline: seven points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. He didn’t skip a beat. Funny enough, the thing he missed most about not playing was of course the trash talk.

The savage from Saginaw reminded everyone why he’s so important to the Warriors’ success, and it’ll be fun to see how revved up he’ll be for Wednesday night’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors.

Afterward, Curry discussed the edge Green brings to the court.

Again, the Warriors are getting healthier by the day, with DeMarcus Cousins nearing a return, the NBA has once again been put on notice. Getting Draymond Green back in time for a tough December slate is just what the back-to-back champs needed as they look primed to go on a run.

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