NBA coaches and analysts always say things like “Harden‘s gonna get his, can’t let the other guys beat you.” Also: “Get the ball out of Kawhi‘s hands, make somebody else beat you.” But when it comes to the Golden State Warriors, it’s a little different. Here are a few permutations of the tried-and-true adage, as applied to the Warriors.
- “Curry‘s gonna get his, can’t let the other guys beat you.”
- “Durant‘s gonna get his, can’t let the other guys beat you.”
- “Thompson‘s gonna get his, can’t let the other guys beat you.”
The reason the Warriors are so consistently great — and winners of 3 of the last 4 NBA championships — is because they have guys like Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green, who don’t even get to be in those sentences. And those two guys are NBA All-Stars.
So when you’re facing a player like Green, who is already dedicated to doing all the intangible things on the court to deliver a win, the last thing you want to see if you’re the opponent is Green adding things to his offensive repertoire — trying to get into the kind of sentence. Yet here is Green, driving comfortably into the lane for a sky hook, a la Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the greatest NBA scorer in history.
Draymond Green has clearly been working on his offensive arsenal. pic.twitter.com/cJwMvovEyr
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) May 15, 2019
This is the definition of trouble brewing for the Portland Trail Blazers. Because you cannot say “Green’s gonna get his, we can’t let the other guys.” If that’s your sentence, you’re in trouble.