Draymond Green Stepping Up With Huge Performances
- 19th May 2017
- Lyle Harrison
Last Updated: 2017-05-19
During the regular season, Draymond Green averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists. He played well enough to earn an All-NBA selection, while helping the Golden State Warriors earn the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Well, Green has been even better in the first 10 games of playoff action.
Currently, Green leads the Warriors with 34.8 minutes played. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are both over 34 minutes per game, while Kevin Durant is playing a steady 32.4 minutes in eight playoff games. Usually, Green’s game is marked by activity. Well, he has been more than that throughout most of the playoff games.
Coming into Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, he leads the team in a number of categories. For example, Green is No. 1 in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He also leads the Warriors at 47.9 percent from the 3-point line. In fact, Green is second on the team, making 2.3 3-pointers per game. Meaning, he is shooting better than Thompson and Durant as the Warriors approach their first road game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Green is fourth on the team, averaging 14.1 points per game. However, he is only taking nine shots per contest. As a result, Green is second on the Warriors in eFG% at 61.7 percent. He is trailing Javale McGee by a large margin. However, Green has routinely displayed his scoring ability in the postseason.
He has also played a few subpar offensive games in the postseason. He has reached double figures six times in the postseason with a high of 21 points on two separate occasions. Green also has a low of six points in the Game 2 win over the Portland Trailblazers.
When he is knocking down the 3-point shot, the Warriors appear to take the offense to another level. Currently, he has four games with at least a trio of 3-pointers made in the playoffs. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals is the only game where Green failed to connect from beyond the arc.
Defensively, Green has been on point. However, the size of the San Antonio Spurs produces a few dilemmas. Although Green is averaging eight rebounds in the first two games, he’s had some struggles on the glass. Furthermore, Green’s ability to block shots has been diminished in the last two series’.
He averaged 4.3 blocks in the first round. Since the start of the Utah Jazz series, Green is recording one block per game. After two straight games without a blocked shot, Green tallied two in the Game 2 win over the Spurs. That’s exactly where his impact is felt most.
In a single play, Green has the ability to block a shot, grab a rebound, lead the break and get the assist. He makes momentum plays for the Warriors. If they expect to win Game 3, Green is one of the players needed to have a brilliant game. Possibly, he will be able to earn his second triple double of the playoff season. Conveniently, Green recorded his lone triple double in the elimination game against the Jazz.
With another stellar effort, Green may lead the Warriors to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.