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“Tired as Hell”: Draymond Green Sheds Light on “Awful” Start to Season Debut, Despite Thumping Rockets in 2nd Road Win

Published 10/30/2023, 12:49 AM EDT

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4x NBA Champion Draymond Green returned to action on the Sunday night game against the Houston Rockets. The star suffered a minor ankle injury during the offseason practice session and stayed out of the game. He returned to the court on minutes restrictions. Even though the Golden State Warriors won the game, DrayMagic made a concerning statement during the press conference about his fitness. As the Warriors face a string of tough games ahead, Green’s service is much needed for the team.

Stephen Curry & Co put up a high-quality show on both occasions without Green. Even though the result of the first game didn’t go in the team’s favor, Chris Paul’s IQ has definitely added advantage to the team’s performance. Now that Green has recovered from the injury, the Dubs look stronger than ever before, but Green’s concerning statement is a hurdle.

Draymond Green expresses a concerning statement

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On his return game, Draymond Green played only 21 minutes, dropping 4 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Considering the impact that he brings to the table, it was an underwhelming gameplay. The 33-year-old star himself acknowledged that during the after-game press conference.

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In his statement, Green said, “Awful the first, felt like the game was moving way too fast for me… I was tired as hell.” Even though it is usual to feel rusty in the opening game, fans couldn’t accept this kind of statement coming from the power forward. However, he followed it up a positive statement. He added, “In the second half, I felt a lot better. Felt like the game started to slow down.”

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Moreover, he highlighted the number of turnovers he caused in the first half and he revealed that he felt good after gaining control in the second half. Notably, Green caused 4 turnovers, the most in the team.

Comparing Himself and Chris Paul With “Bill Gates and Paul Allen”, Draymond Green Issues a Warning to the Rest of the NBA: “Good Luck”

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Despite his underwhelming performance, the Dubs took their second road win.

The Warriors take home second road win

Considering the Warriors’ poor on-the-road record in the previous season, the team won both road games on a high. The Dubs had an 11-30 road record last season, which almost kept them away from the playoffs. In the Sunday night game, Stephen Curry led the team with 24 points, supported by his Splash brother, Klay Thompson with 19 points, to take home a 106-95 victory. Next up, the Warriors face the New Orleans Pelicans, with Zion Williamson in red-hot form.

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Will Draymond Green find his touch in the next game? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, where he brings his passion for sports and entertainment journalism to life. With a Master's Degree in journalism from a reputed institute and years of experience in the industry, Shahul always strives to provide insightful and astute coverage of the NBA to the fans. Shahul's love for sports writing dates back to his college days.
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