“Sounds Salty to Me”: NBA Fans Lash Out After Mavericks Star Makes Brutally Honest Statement on Draymond Green

Published 05/24/2022, 1:30 PM EDT

Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green is one of the best defensive players ever. While he is not exactly known for his scoring prowess, he does help the team out with his assists. He has been lauded as a very intelligent player by analysts, fellow players, and fans. 

In the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors have a 3-0 lead over Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. And the Mavs are on the brink of the embarrassment of getting swept. In game 3, the Warriors won with a scoreline of 109-100. 

While it wasn’t a very comfortable victory, the Warriors again displayed their ability to close out a game as their experience came into play. After the game 3 loss, Spencer Dinwiddie reportedly commented about Green and said, He’s one of the greatest role players of all time, but he’s not a traditional, stand-alone max guy, right? You’re not going to put him on the floor and [say], ‘Hey, go get 30.’”

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Is Dinwiddie’s comment about Draymond Green true?

While Spencer gave props to Green for his exceptional role-playing skills, his slight dig at Green’s lack of scoring didn’t sit well with the fans. And the fans took to Twitter to hit out Dinwiddie. Fans felt that the Mavs player is just salty from the loss.

But Dinwiddie’s comment has some truth to it. Draymond doesn’t have a lot of 30-point games. However, his team doesn’t need him to score 30 points every game. They require his defense, passing, and leadership abilities.

May 13, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) makes a shot next to Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the second quarter during game six of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors have some of the best scorers in the league in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, and Andrew Wiggins. They also have a good bench presence to chip in with points. But Green has always stepped up whenever his team required him to score.

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In this year’s playoffs, Draymond Green is averaging 7.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game and leads the team in rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. 

Can the Mavericks avoid the sweep?

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Not many thought Luka Doncic and the Mavericks would reach the Conference Finals. But they played some exceptional basketball to be here at the moment. And their main man, Doncic, has been at the center of everything for the Mavericks. 

In this postseason, Luka averages 31.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. And he is leading the team in all the above categories. 

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However, it takes more than one man to beat this Warriors team. We will have to wait and see what Doncic and the Mavericks have in store for game 4.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.

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