Draymond provides great analysis, humor on 'Inside the NBA'

Draymond Green

Draymond Green is built for this.

The Warriors forward stepped in for Kenny Smith on Thursday's episode of "Inside the NBA" and once again looked like a natural in analyzing the NBA playoffs.

In addition to pinning the blame on Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan and Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens for their respective losses Wednesday and Thursday -- the former for failing to draw up a decent play for the game's final possession, the latter for calling the wrong defense that resulted in a last-second game-winning shot -- Green also provided fair criticism of Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic for his lackluster defense in the first half of Denver's Game 1 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"He has to be better defensively," Green said while breaking down examples of Jokic's poor and/or late defensive rotations. " ... You have to make an impact at the rim if (the Nuggets are) going to be successful, and he has not done that tonight, he has not done that all year. If they are going to win, he must protect the rim a little better, and it's not much to do with his athleticism."

But don't feel bad for Jokic and the Nuggets. Green is an equal-opportunity critic, and the Milwaukee Bucks -- who trail two-games-to-none in their series against the Miami Heat -- eventually came into his crosshairs.

"I'm not sure what the Bucks can do," Green said. "They're surrounding Giannis (Antetokounmpo) with shooters, but Miami isn't respecting those shooters. And so if they're not respecting, they're just going to continue to load up on Giannis. It's trouble."


You know which team has some shooters who must be respected at all times? Green's comments were an accurate evaluation of what has transpired thus far in the Bucks-Heat series, but might they have been a veiled recruiting pitch, too?

Hmmm ...

Green wasn't all business, though, and provided a moment of levity during the crew's discussion of the Toronto Raptors' last-second win over the Celtics. When Charles Barkley expressed doubt that Toronto would be able to come back from a three-games-to-one series deficit, Ernie Johnson issued a reminder that the Denver Nuggets just accomplished that feat in the first round.

Draymond didn't want to hear anything about 3-1 deficits. You can probably guess why.

Like I said, a natural.

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Green has been tremendous in his limited reps as a studio analyst, and he'll get another opportunity to showcase his talents Friday when he fills in for Barkley.

Tune in for the laughs, but you're bound to learn something, too.