Warriors

Kerr shows how Draymond 'ties it all together' for Warriors

Warriors

Look past the 5.5 points per game. Look past shooting just 37 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3-point range. Steve Kerr knows Draymond Green is the ingredient that makes the Warriors special. 

That was on full display Wednesday in the Warriors' 111-107 win over the Indiana Pacers. 

"Draymond just ties it all together," Kerr said to reporters after the win. "He made some plays tonight that nobody on earth can make, just because of his brain, his anticipation, his physicality. He dug out a loose ball late in the game that he looked like he had no chance at. Nobody else on earth was going to beat him to that loose ball.

"So Draymond was just tremendous tonight. Hell of a grind-out win."

While Twitter had its fun with the Pacers sagging off Green as he passed up wide-open shots, he still stuffed the stat sheet. Draymond finished the day with a season-high 12 points to go along with 11 assists, nine rebounds and three steals. He was a plus-seven in plus-minus. 

Yes, the Warriors need Green to score more. It adds another element that will push them to contention, challenge defenses more and keep Steph Curry on his feet. That was more obvious than ever against the Pacers. 

RELATED: Draymond wants revenge vs. Hornets after his 'bulls--t'

If Draymond can consistently score around 10 points per game -- he scored 11.8 points per game from 2014-15 through 2017-18 -- the Warriors' offense will give opposing defenses serious fits as Curry continues to be his dominant self, Kelly Oubre steadily improves and Andrew Wiggins finds his way with this Warriors team. But Green's game always will go beyond the stat sheet. 

 

He did it all to beat the Pacers, and Kerr couldn't help but point out the brilliance of his basketball mad scientist after the win.

Download and subscribe to the Dubs Talk Podcast