Draymond Green Reveals Frustration with Warriors’ Team Chemistry

Published 01/05/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports


Draymond Green is one of the most important players for the Golden State Warriors. During the peak of the dynasty, Draymond Green was the defensive enforcer for the Warriors. With Draymond handling the defensive responsibilities, it allowed players like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant to do a lot of damage on the offensive end.

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Draymond Green concerned about Warriors’ chemistry

This season, the Warriors have a very different roster, and chemistry issues have been apparent during the season. After the Warriors’ win over the Sacramento Kings, Green shared his frustrations with how the team chemistry has been floundering. During the game, Green was seen visibly frustrated with the team’s positioning and 0ff-ball movement.

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Green said, “It’s very important. In reality, guys don’t know where to go. There are times I don’t know where to go!” Draymond is clearly adapting to his new teammates and attempting to get this team on a roll. With the absence of Klay Thompson, Draymond and Curry are entrusted with being the leaders of this young Warriors team.

With Green’s return, Curry has looked revitalized. In Draymond’s second game back, Steph Curry unleashed and set a new career-high by scoring with 62 points. Curry looked like his old self, and Green had a great deal to do with that. The Warriors need to help their younger stars improve while focusing on the experienced core of Green and Curry.

Green entrusted with the defending

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Draymond’s responsibility team has very little to do with scoring. He is an elite defender with a true Warrior mentality. All the aggressive work that he does is in the best interest of the team and ensures that other members of the team can hold up their end in other aspects of the game. Green does the dirty work so that the rest of the team can focus more on scoring on the fast break.

Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

While Draymond is no longer in his physical prime, he is still a key figure for the Warriors. Much like Udonis Haslem in Miami, Green is the veteran locker-room leader for the Warriors. While his offensive output is usually unremarkable, Green is a key part of the Warriors’ defensive set-ups and helps the team keep the shape while they defend the basket.

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Perhaps the Warriors’ chemistry will develop on the back of big wins against the Trail Blazers and Kings. As they go into the season, they need to build on the momentum to become a strong team in the West, and Green will be a key part of their plans.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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