Draymond Green takes great pride in being the backbone of the Warriors’ defense. After the Warriors were unable to complete a comeback against the Denver Nuggets in a 114-104 loss, coach Steve Kerr explained why Green likely would be taking the defeat personally.
“He prides himself on being the anchor of our defense, and the engine, and he’s been our heart and soul here for a long time,” Kerr told reporters Thursday night. “You saw what happened when he was out the first few games, and upon his return our defense got much better, so we’re always going to need him to captain the defense, to give us that energy and that edge that we need to compete every night.
“I imagine he’ll bounce back strongly in L.A. when we play Monday night.”
Green finished with just one point to go along with four rebounds and seven assists, but also had five personal fouls and five turnovers over 25 minutes.
The Nuggets jumped out to a 13-point lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
Rookie James Wiseman, who Green has tried to take under his wing early this season, drew the difficult matchup of defending All-NBA center Nikola Jokic, and certainly took his lumps. However, he did provide the highlight of the night on a high-flying poster dunk over 7-foot-2 Bol Bol.
Draymond can’t take all the responsibility for the Warriors’ defense, but he also holds himself to a high standard and certainly will be ready when the Warriors take the court against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.