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Draymond Green's struggles should be 'five-alarm concerning,' Nick Wright says

Draymond Green's struggles should be 'five-alarm concerning,' Nick Wright says

Draymond Green said it several times himself after the Warriors' blowout loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night.

"I gotta be better," Green, who is shooting 22.4 percent from 3-point range this season, told the media.

And, for “First Things First” host Nick Wright, he believes the Warriors should be extremely worried about Green's offensive struggles this season.

"The Draymond stuff should be five-alarm concerning for the Warriors because, when they were 73-9 without Kevin Durant, that year, he was 14, 10 and seven on 39 percent from 3," Wright said Wednesday morning on FS1. "39 percent. It was one of the reasons they were unguardable. Their worst shooter was still shooting nearly 40 percent from 3.

“The last two years, with KD, that 14, 10 and seven dropped to 11, 8 and seven on 31 percent from 3. And this year, it's seven, eight and seven on 22 percent from 3. And they are guarding him like he's [Clippers center] Boban Marjanovic out there. They're giving him 15 feet of room and saying, 'Do whatever you want offensively. We don't care because you don't scare us.' And he is right it. It is clogging their offense.

“The Lakers’ entire defensive game plan yesterday was revolving around, 'We don't have to guard one of your guys.' “

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Over the weekend, it appeared Green had found his shot. He made four of his nine 3-point attempts in wins over the Mavericks and the Clippers. But, on Christmas, the Lakers dared Green to shoot, and he missed all three of his 3-point attempts and shot 2 of 7 from the field overall, finishing with just four points.

"We just gotta be better. I gotta be better," Green said after the loss. "I kind of f***** our whole offense up, and it kinda messed up the flow of the game, so I just gotta be better."

The Lakers refused to guard Green any time he caught the ball behind the arc, and that appeared to get in his head late in the game.

"They were playing that gimmick defense," Green told the media. "I was really hesitant to shoot and hesitant to make plays, wasn't aggressive enough, and it allowed the gimmicks to work, and it kind of threw everyone else out of a rhythm and we never found a rhythm after that, so I'll take this one, but I just gotta be better. The gimmick defense, I should be able to pick that apart. I didn't tonight."

Since becoming a full-time starter during the 2014-15 season, Green has never averaged less than 10.2 points per game. This season, Green is averaging 7.1. For the Warriors to get back to their dominant ways, they will need Green to find his confidence on offense and start knocking down those wide open 3-pointers. Once he makes defense start guarding him again, it should open up the floor for his teammates.

Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell signs with Dwyane Wade's shoe company

Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell signs with Dwyane Wade's shoe company

D'Angelo Russell no longer is a free agent when it comes to the shoe game. The Warriors guard officially will be the on-court face of Li-Ning's Way of Wade shoe brand. 

Future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade announced the news in a video through B/R Kicks on Thursday. 

Wade called the decision to sign Russell a "no-brainer."

"I am passing the torch, and I am welcoming D-Lo to the Way of Wade brand," Wade said. "I am excited to pass the torch to him, man." 

The former Heat star went on to congratulate Russell on Twitter. 

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While he currently is sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right thumb, Russell has been enjoying a career-year in his first season as a Warrior. Through 10 games, the former No. 2 overall draft pick is averaging a career-high 24.3 points per game. 

Russell also is averaging 6.7 assists per game for the injury-ravaged Warriors while shooting a career-best 45.5 percent from the field. While Golden State is searching for wins, D-Lo certainly has done his part offensively.

NCAA to rule potential Warriors draft target James Wiseman eligible

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NCAA to rule potential Warriors draft target James Wiseman eligible

The NCAA is stupid, but you already knew that.

After ruling Memphis center James Wiseman -- the presumptive No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft -- ineligible for the current collegiate season for accepting $11,500 in moving expenses, the governing body has reversed course ... sort of.

On Wednesday, the NCAA ruled Wiseman re-eligible before suspending him for 12 games, and mandated that he donate the same sum to a charity of his choice before being cleared to play.

This is where the NCAA's hypocrisy truly shines through. Wiseman was ruled ineligible for accepting money -- money he and his family didn't have -- to move to Memphis in high school, back when current Tigers coach Penny Hardaway coached Wiseman at East High School. Now, in order to get back on the court, the NCAA is making him dig up $11,500, even though the responsibilities and obligations required to fulfill his collegiate basketball scholarship make it all but impossible to hold down an additional job.

But we can't pay college athletes. No, that would be un-American.

Baloney.

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Hypocrisy aside, the NCAA coming to its senses is good news for Wiseman -- and for any team picking near the top of the upcoming draft.

That includes the Warriors, who have already scouted Wiseman up close and currently occupy the worst record in the NBA. Once he returns to action on Jan. 12, Wiseman will have an opportunity to play in as many as 16 games before any conference tournaments and March Madness. That should provide ample tape for NBA teams to evaluate someone who is widely regarded as the best big man available in the draft.