Draymond, Wiggins getting buckets key to Warriors-Lakers

Draymond Green

Steph, Steph and more Steph. 

As Curry goes, so do the Warriors. We know this to be true. We also know every superstar still needs some help. That's where Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins come into play. 

When the Warriors face the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday in the NBA play-in tournament, the souped-up version of We Believe 2.0 will look to knock off the defending champions at Staples Center. With a healthy LeBron James and Anthony Davis, this, of course, will be a tall task. 

The Warriors will need the version of Curry who made Warriors history winning Western Conference Player of the Month for May when he averaged 36.8 points, 5.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. They also will need the versions of Green and Wiggins that have shown up this month. 

Green has played eight games this month and already looks like Playoff Draymond. He has averaged 10.4 points, 10.5 assists and 9.4 rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. He scored in double figures in five of those eight games. That might not sound like much, but it's a major key for Golden State. 

Draymond averaged only 7.0 points per game this season, his lowest since his second year in the NBA when he still primarily was a bench player. He became the first player in NBA history to have more assists and rebounds than points in a season while starting at least 30 games. There's nobody like the Warriors' fiery Swiss Army knife. He never will be a go-to scorer but him getting buckets is a winning formula for the Warriors. 


Green gave the Warriors double-digit scoring in just 19 games this season. The Warriors went 15-4 in those games. In the final four regular-season games he played in, Green scored at least 11 points in each contest. It's no surprise the Warriors went a perfect 4-0 in those games, three of which came against teams that are at least in the play-in tournament or playoffs.

But in three games against the Lakers this season, in which the Warriors went 1-2, Green scored a total of 15 points. 

Like Green, Wiggins also has been fantastic so far this month. He's averaging a season-high 22.6 points per game while shooting 52.1 percent from the field and 38.6 from beyond the arc in May. Wiggins even scored 38 points in a win over the No. 2-seeded Phoenix Suns in a game where Curry scored just 21. 

This is the first time in Wiggins' career he has ever played in May. Ever. He never saw the playoffs in Minnesota, and so far, he has played like he's ready for the moment with the Warriors. 

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Curry will get his, we know that. But he also only averaged 23 points in three games against the Lakers this season, which is much lower than his season total of 32 points per game. Green averaged 5.0 points in those three games, and Wiggins averaged just 12.0. 

The Lakers will throw everything they have at Curry. They'll force the rest of the Warriors to beat them. This is where Green and Wiggins must step up, just as they have all month long.

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