Draymond Green: Thunder “completely different team” than regular season
Billy Donovan has his team peaking at the right time.
The Thunder could always score — hello, they have Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant — but the defense and help were inconsistent. The talent on the team never felt maximized. But this team grew through the second half of the season and now, in the cauldron of the playoffs, it has cooked into an identity that is tough to beat — the Thunder are big, physical, athletic, and will wear teams down. When they are focused on defense, they can beat anybody. As they showed Monday night.
Golden State’s Draymond Green noticed a difference, speaking to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
The “other guys” starts with Steven Adams, who was a defensive force in the paint, played smart on the perimeter, crashed the glass hard, and scored 16 points. He has passed Serge Ibaka for the third key member on this team, although Ibaka certainly played well in Game 1 also.
As everyone expected, Green took responsibility for the Warriors’ loss.
He’s right, the Warriors can defend better. They can also make adjustments and not force parts of the offense as well. Golden State will be better in Game 2, likely playing with some desperation.
What should worry Warriors fans is OKC can play better, too.