Warriors

Draymond reveals how talk with Kerr led to big scoring night

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Draymond Green entered Monday night's matchup vs. the Denver Nuggets averaging 6.3 points per game.

The three-time NBA champion stepped up by pouring in a season-high 18 points to help the Warriors notch a very impressive win.

"[Steve Kerr] told me earlier today at shootaround [when] you catch the ball -- shoot it, [and when] you drive to the hole -- score," Draymond told Warriors radio broadcasters Tim Roye and Tom Tolbert. "When coach has that type of confidence in me, it helps a ton. To go out there and not think and just let it fly.

"[Player development coach] Seth Cooper -- who I've been working with -- he always tells me, 'When you're down and ready to shoot, you make 50 percent of them.' So it's just a matter of being ready to shoot."

Draymond scored his points in an extremely efficient manner, making 7-of-8 shots overall and going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.

He knocked down a 19-foot jumper on the Warriors' first possession of the game, and then drilled a right-corner 3-pointer to give Golden State an 11-4 advantage.

The three-time NBA All-Star threw down two driving dunks, and converted a couple floaters in the paint.

"It's huge when he is aggressive like he was," Kerr told reporters. "Draymond is such a smart player. He knows when to shoot, when to pass. Tonight, he let the game happen and he just played. He didn't think.

 

"Even bigger than that, I thought his defensive intensity in the second half was huge."

Here's an example of that defense after halftime:

And Draymond never takes for granted the fact he has played alongside Steph Curry his entire career.

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"It's been incredible. I can't think much about my career without thinking of Steph Curry. We've done some incredible things together. As incredible it's been to play with him, it's been even more incredible and more special to create a brotherhood.

"You look to your left and there's a GOAT standing next to you. We have a special chemistry out there."

Yes, they do. And they hope to capture a fourth NBA title together before it's all said and done.

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