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Draymond expresses frustration over Dubs' tough road woes

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Draymond Green is frustrated by the Warriors' lack of success on the road. 

In the latest episode of "The Draymond Green Show," the Warriors' defensive ace explained what could be causing Golden State to play so poorly on the road as opposed to the friendly confines of Chase Center. 

"Quite frankly, I think, and I've said this before, I think winning on the road requires an incredible amount of mental strength and it's not just one guy whose mental strength or two guys or a few guys," Green said. "It's a collective mental strength as a team and quite frankly, it just seems that we have not reached that as a team, to be as great as we are at home."

The Warriors' disparity at home and on the road is eye-opening. 

Golden State's 27-7 home record is the fifth-best in the NBA, behind only the Denver Nuggets (30-4), Memphis Grizzlies (26-5), Milwaukee Bucks (27-6), and Cleveland Cavaliers (28-7).

On the road, the Warriors' 7-25 record is better than only the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets at 6-27 and the Detroit Pistons (7-26).

For context, the Spurs, Rockets and Pistons are all fighting for the first overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and the opportunity to draft 7-foot-3 phenom Victor Wembanyama to kickstart their respective rebuilds.

"And as bad as we are on the road, it just does not make sense," Green continued. "It's like fragileness 101. So it's weird man, it's weird and it's like every time you feel like you're taking that next step, it's kind of two steps back."

 

The Warriors' 25th road loss came against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which saw Steph Curry drop 40 points in only his second game back from his lower leg injury.

Green noted that the Warriors have to beat the teams they're "supposed" to beat and that it has been "great" to have Curry back in the lineup, even if Golden State has to rework its rotations yet again.

"When you get such a big force back, it does take time like filling back in around and kind of filling your way through it," the 32-year-old said. "In saying that, not so sure it should have equaled to losses, especially as great as he's been playing in his return."

Green believes the Warriors' road woes have just been "unfortunate."

"It's very frustrating, frustrating to say the least in such a stacked Western Conference, logjam right where we stand and like I said, you just really got to win the games that you're supposed to win and quite frankly, we dropped the ball," Green concluded.

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The Warriors are running out of time to right the ship and adequately address their road woes

Should Golden State fail to get its road difficulties in order, its chances to repeat as champions could be over before it truly began. 

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