BREAKING: Draymond Green Misses Klay Thompson’s Warriors Return Game vs Cavaliers

Published 01/09/2022, 9:00 PM EST
Jan 3, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Miami Heat in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


In a sad turn of events, Draymond Green will not play in the first game of Klay Thompson’s return to the NBA. He was only a part of the tip-off but will sit out the rest of the game. Green is the third member of the Warriors Big 3 on whom the franchise puts all their hopes. However, the DubNation will unfortunately not see the trio together for more than a few seconds tonight. They have already waited over two seasons for Klay Thompson, and they can wait a little more for the trio.

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Klay Thompson scored his first points in the very first Warriors bucket of the game. The entire arena including the benches went wild as he dropped in the floater. After watching him spend 941 days on the sidelines, it hyped the Warriors to see him back on the floor. However, unfortunately, the DubNation will have to wait to see Draymond play with Thompson.

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What does this mean for Klay Thompson and the Warriors?

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Klay Thompson returning after missing over two seasons means the long-awaited reunion of the Splash Brothers. The Warriors are already dominating the Western Conference. With Klay (who looks at the prime of his health) joining them can the Warriors win it all this season? One must especially consider that Stephen Curry will no longer have to carry the burden of the Warriors’ offense alone.

Jan 6, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Clay Thompson sits on the bench in the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Despite all that Curry did last season to lead the league in scoring, they still only reached the play-in tournament. Subsequently, they lost to LeBron James‘ Lakers mainly because of the absence of a reliable second option. Therefore, Klay‘s return ensures they no longer have to face that problem.

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The Warriors are already a lot of experts’ favorite to win it all. With Klay’s return, are the Warriors a title-contending team now? Can the Splash Brothers start strongly and repeat what they did in the 2014-15 season? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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