Steph debuts, KD goes off but Draymond steals the show

Green just misses out on back-to-back triple doubles as Warriors go up 2-0 over Pelicans

Bonta Hill
May 02, 2018 - 12:06 am

The return of Stephen Curry had Oracle Arena buzzing all night long, and he certainly put on a show, scoring 28 points in just over 27 minutes in his first game since March 23.

Curry’s jaw-dropping performance will steal all the headlines, as will Kevin Durant’s 15 fourth quarter-points, but the Golden State Warriors Game 2 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in their second round series was the Draymond Green show.

If he’s on your team, you love the reigning defensive player of the year. If he’s not, well, you must literally hate his guts.

He’s a master antagonizer. He’ll scream in your face (just ask Nikola Mirotic). He’ll chirp at anybody who gives him the time of day, but in the end, Green is a flat-out baller.

And right now, Green has turned it up and is hooping at arguably the highest level he’s ever hooped at.

All he did to help give the Warriors a 2-0 series lead was drop 20 points, dish out 12 assists, and snag nine rebounds — one short of his second consecutive triple-double.

Make no mistake that Curry’s emergence from the Warriors bench gave them a much needed jolt, but Green’s intensity flipped the momentum.

Green had 9 points, six assists and two rebounds in the second quarter alone, including a run-in with Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo.

It’s just Draymond being Draymond.

“I just had to bring some,” Green said about that second quarter. “We were playing soft that first quarter. The second quarter, we needed to, you know, bring some intensity to the game, and you know, that’s my job.”

You think Rondo is the only guy Green is yapping at? He’s so locked in that he could care less about Anthony Davis, so much so that it seemed like he was ready for a main event at Wrestlemania.

It’s just Draymond being Draymond.

His back-to-back 3’s to open the fourth quarter also helped the Warriors stretch their two-point lead heading into the fourth to 94-86, which the Warriors didn’t squander.

Where would the Warriors be without Green, their heartbeat? That’s a question we thankfully don’t have to answer.

Lastly, TNT’s own Charles Barkley seems to always find something to get annoyed about when it comes to Golden State. At halftime, Barkley said “I want to punch him (Draymond) in the face.”

Well, Mary Babers-Green didn’t raise no punk. Here’s Green on Barkley. Good night everyone.

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