After his ejection in the Warriors' buzzer-beating loss to the Charlotte Hornets last week, Draymond Green has Friday's rematch at Chase Center circled on his calendar.
"For us to go out there and essentially get that win [without Steph Curry] and for me to cost us the game, was bulls--t," Green told Bonta Hill, Chris Mullin and Dorell Wright on "Warriors Postgame Live." "I knew I had to come back and play well, and I'm excited for the Charlotte game coming up because we gave them one they shouldn't have had. I gave them one they shouldn't have had, so gotta go get it back."
Green wasn't far off from a triple-double in either of his first two games back after the ejection. He recorded seven points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in the Warriors' win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday, and Green then posted 12 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds in the win over the Pacers.
His 12 points are a season high, marking just the fourth time he has scored in double figures this season. Green's play-making was closer to what has become his usual standard, as he racked up at least 10 assists for the 10th time this season.
"When you look around the NBA, there's not much ball movement, and there's definitely not much player movement off the ball," Green said of finding open teammates within the Warriors' offense. " ... I've just been telling these guys, 'Keep moving, keep cutting, never stay stagnant. The easiest guy to defend is a stagnant player, so I'm just telling these guys to keep moving and they're doing a great job."
The Warriors improved to 7-3 in games in which Green records double-digit assists, and Golden State is 4-0 when the 30-year-old has scored at least 10 points.
Green undoubtedly wants to improve on those records with a big performance Friday, and doing so in a win would go a long way toward putting his ejection behind him.