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Warriors’ Self Policing Blamed for Draymond Green’s Sabotaging Antics: “No Different Than Punching Jordan Poole”

Published 04/02/2024, 10:41 AM EDT

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The NBA and Warriors have tolerated Draymond Green’s combative behavior for several years now. However, his antics reached a tipping point this season when he punched Suns’ center Jusuf Nurkić in the face. Green received an indefinite suspension from the league, which was later rescinded after almost a month. Yet, despite missing 12 games through suspension, Draymond remains as combative as ever, considering he received his fourth ejection of the season against the Orlando Magic on 27th March. Many have blamed the Warriors for taking little to no action against Green, with Bay Area media personality Mark Willard among those expressing concern.

During a conversation on the Willard and Dibs radio show, Mark labeled Green as “the guy you have to move on from, but you can’t move on from.” He further questioned the Dubs hierarchy for the lack of action taken against Draymond’s questionable antics, like punching Jordan Poole. He said, “You keep having the same thing happen. It’s no different than punching Jordan Poole… If you got an agreement ahead of time, it’s a lot easier to hold it. The Warriors, to my knowledge, have never done that. It’s always been let the league handle it. Let the refs handle it. Let’s let the teammates handle it. We’re gonna self-police.”

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Previously, head coach, Steve Kerr had acknowledged his role and responsibility in part for Green’s actions. “In the Miami game, he was on the refs too much and I should have intervened and reminded him that it all starts with finding the right spot. And I didn’t… I am kicking myself a little bit.” Nonetheless, he agrees that it all boils down to Green remaining aware of himself as a grown man.

Although Draymond Green has offered an explanation for his actions during the game against Orlando, it’s uncertain whether he can maintain his composure for the rest of the regular season. But with the campaign at such a crucial juncture, the Warriors will heavily rely on him as they aim to secure a playoff berth.

Will Draymond Green have an impact on the Warriors’ postseason aspirations?

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The 2023-24 season hasn’t gone according to the script for the Golden State Warriors. They were widely regarded as title contenders before the season began. However, with less than 10 regular-season games left, the Warriors find themselves in the 10th spot of the Western Conference standings. One of the reasons behind the Warriors’ surprising setback can be attributed to Draymond Green’s constant battles with ejections and suspensions.

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Draymond has missed 25 games this season, primarily due to suspension. In those 25 games, the Dubs have only managed to notch up 11 wins. Since Green’s return to NBA action on 15th January, the Warriors have won 22 out of 35 matches. The impact that Draymond Green has on the Warriors is very clear. Green’s absence is keenly felt, as the team lacks his leadership, playmaking, and incredible defensive prowess.

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Apart from his intangibles, Draymond is also enjoying his best statistical season since the 2017-18 season. He has averaged 8.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6 assists per game this season. Furthermore, Draymond delivered one of his finest performances in recent memory against the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 21 points. Draymond Green will definitely have a huge impact on Golden State’s postseason aspirations. However, there’s always a lingering concern: can he avoid getting into trouble?

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. Ever since the Lakers’ Orlando Bubble victory, he has maintained a vigilant eye on the NBA with his research-heavy perspective, along with a specialization in covering predictive lineups. He keenly observes the evolving narratives that unfold each season.
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