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Steph Curry loves idea of Draymond Green shooting more for Warriors

Steph Curry loves idea of Draymond Green shooting more for Warriors

Draymond Green's most prolific shooting seasons came in the two years before Kevin Durant joined the Warriors.

In 2014-15, the first year of the Warriors' historic NBA Finals run, Green averaged 9.7 shots per game. The next season he averaged a career-high 10.1 shots.

Once Durant arrived in 2016, Green became the fourth option for the Warriors and peaked at 8.8 shots per game in 2017-18.

But with Durant now in Brooklyn and Klay Thompson on the mend, Green will likely get close to his career-high again, and teammate Steph Curry is all for it.

“I love it,” Curry told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. “That’s what you want to see.”

Curry and new Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell will shoulder a bulk of the scoring until Thompson returns, but with so many young, unproven players on the roster, Green will need to score in order for Golden State to win games.

For reference, Green averaged 8.3 shots in four preseason games. We know it's a small sample size and the Warriors were working on a lot of things during the exhibition season, but it would be beneficial for the Dubs if Green becomes more aggressive when the games start counting on Thursday.

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If players like Kevon Looney, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marquese Chriss, Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Poole can pick up big chunks of the scoring load, it's possible that Green doesn't need to shoot as much. But all of those players come with question marks surrounding their health or experience.

So Green should heed Curry's words and aim for 10 shots a game. The only time he reached that number, the Warriors won 73 games.

Klay Thompson had priceless reaction to JaVale McGee's dunk during interview

Klay Thompson had priceless reaction to JaVale McGee's dunk during interview

For most of this season, if not all, Klay Thompson's highlights will be off the court.

As the Warriors star shooting guard recovers from a torn ACL, his big moments will come in the form of being left hanging by teammates, Japanese spa Instagrams and sideline interview moments.

Such was the case Wednesday during the Warriors' 120-94 loss to the Lakers at Staples Center. With the Dubs trailing by 21 midway through the fourth quarter, Thompson chatted with ESPN. Shortly into the interview, Thompson's old Warriors teammate and current Lakers center JaVale McGee threw down a dunk to swell the lead to 23, and Klay's reaction says it all.

The Warriors miss Thompson on both ends of the floor this season. While his silky shooting stroke would give them another dynamic offensive weapon, it's his defense that would give the Dubs an immeasurable boost. 

Without Thompson, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, the Warriors' defense has plummeted from one of the best units in the NBA to one of the league's worst. Wednesday night's loss was a prime example as LeBron James and the Lakers got whatever they wanted from the jump, feasting on the Warriors' shoddy defense.

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Until he and Steph Curry can return to the court, Thompson will have just gave to grit his teeth and watch his young teammates go through some severe NBA growing pains.

Fan appears to fall asleep courtside during Warriors' loss vs. Lakers

Fan appears to fall asleep courtside during Warriors' loss vs. Lakers

Before the season started, it looked like a marquee early-season matchup. But Wednesday night's clunker between the decimated Warriors and coasting Lakers was anything but.

The Warriors entered the game losers of four straight, trying to find a way to survive without Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney. The Lakers, meanwhile, are on the opposite end of the spectrum, with the LeBron James-Anthony Davis pairing yielding fantastic early-season returns.

Even with Davis sitting out Wednesday night's game at Staples Center, the mismatch was evident from the tip, with the Lakers picking apart the Warriors' porous defense en route to a 120-94 win. The game was a snoozer, so it's no surprise at least one fan at Staples Center was caught grabbing some Zs courtside late in the fourth quarter.

Can't blame him.

The Warriors skidded to a fifth-straight loss and their road ahead doesn't get much easier. With Curry and Thompson both getting reevaluated in February, the Warriors, now 2-10, are starting at a long, painful season that they hope will set them up for a quick turnaround once fully healthy next season. 

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Until the Warriors are whole, there likely will be a few more snoozers for fans to sit through.