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Why Draymond was jumping wildly on play against Kings

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The Warriors have looked like a completely different team over the last two games, in large part due to the presence of Draymond Green, who made his season debut Friday after missing the first four games with a foot injury.

While the Warriors have won each of the last two games handily, they still have a lot of work to do. Green, Steph Curry, Kelly Oubre Jr., Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman and the reserves all are learning to play with each other.

In the Warriors' recent NBA championship seasons, Green didn't have to tell Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and other veterans where to move on the court. The "Strength In Numbers" Warriors were a well-oiled machine.

But against the Kings at Chase Center on Monday night, we got a glimpse into the traffic cop role Green has to play and how it impacts what happens on the court.

Early in the second half, Green brought the ball up court and was looking to find an open teammate. But he didn't see the proper rotations and started jumping and swinging his right arm wildly.

According to Green's Instagram Story, if his teammates had moved the way he wanted, it would have led to an open 3-pointer.

Instead, he passed the ball to Curry, who dribbled around before finding Oubre Jr. in the corner for an open 3-pointer.

After the Warriors beat the Kings 137-106, Green was asked about his role as the director of the offense and defense.

 

"It's very important because the reality is, guys don't know where to go," Green told the media. "There's times where I'm out there and I don't know where to go because we're all figuring each other out. You're figuring out where a guy likes to be on the floor, figuring out spacing. So when there are certain situations, it's important that I'm pointing guys in the right direction. The majority of the time, that leads to Steph flying out on a pin-down or something, and obviously when that happens, he draws so much attention that he creates better looks for everyone else. 

"So it's important that we continue to get that movement, and it's as important for me to make sure I'm directing that movement and getting guys, helping guys get that understanding."

NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole followed up by asking Green if the empty arenas force his teammates to listen to his directions.

"I don't know, Monte," Green said with a laugh. "I'm a pretty loud guy, whether it's an arena full of people or one without, my voice can get up there quite a bit."

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There certainly will be more instances of Green wildly swinging his arms as he tries to get his teammates to find the openings in the defense. In time, the offense will become more fluid, just like those title-winning teams.

For now, we can just laugh at Green's animated gestures to his teammates.

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