Draymond wasn’t feeling well, gutted out Dubs’ loss to Hawks originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Draymond Green was back in the Warriors’ lineup Friday night after a one-game absence due to an illness, but he didn’t look like the Draymond Green we’re accustomed to seeing.
In 27 minutes, the three-time NBA All-Star had zero points, nine assists and two rebounds. He had four turnovers, four personal fouls and was a minus-23 in the Warriors’ 124-108 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Chase Center.
But the most glaring stat was that Draymond didn’t attempt a single shot. He didn’t even go to the free throw line. He hasn’t gone an entire game without attempting a field goal since 2013.
Draymond Green’s first game without a field goal attempt since 2013.
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After the loss, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked if the Warriors can realistically win games if they get no offensive production from Draymond.
“We win games when he scores, we win games when he doesn’t score,” Kerr told reporters on a video conference call. “Tonight was not his best night. He was not feeling well at all, I can tell you that. He literally gutted it out to play tonight and I admire him for that.”
Draymond missed the Warriors’ game against the Kings in Sacramento on Thursday night because he woke up and wasn’t feeling good.
Clearly, he was still feeling the effects from whatever was plaguing him Thursday, but he decided to play anyway. Without an injured Steph Curry, the Warriors need Draymond to have any chance of beating decent NBA teams.
But with Draymond playing at less than 100 percent, the Warriors couldn’t keep up with Trae Young, John Collins and the Hawks.
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The good news for Draymond and the Warriors is that they have two days off before their next game Monday against the Chicago Bulls. Kerr told reporters that he has given the team the full day off Saturday and they will regroup for practice on Sunday.
At 22-24 following Friday’s loss, the Warriors have to hope Draymond feels better by the time the Bulls come to town. If not, the upcoming three-game road trip to the East Coast could make or break their season.