WATCH: Warriors’ Draymond Teaches James Wiseman An Important Lesson On Court Against Lakers

Published 01/19/2021, 1:13 AM EST
Jan 10, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates with guard Kent Bazemore (26) after hitting a 3-pointer during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors had a decent start to the season, holding a 2-3 record in their first five games. Now standing at 6-6, the Warriors seem to be struggling after making a plethora of changes in this offseason.

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Despite having a roster filled with young talents like James Wiseman, experienced stars like Stephen Curry, and veterans like Draymond Green, they have a long way to go before they can become the championship favorites again.

Draymond Green is the perfect guide for Wiseman

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As the Warriors played the Los Angeles Lakers, they were trailing by 8 points with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Even in the beginning, Golden State couldn’t catch up to the reigning champions. Taking a huge lead, at one point, Lakers’ Dennis Schroder alone had the Warriors’ team total, 14 points. But GSW managed to beat the top team of the West by 115-113.

The Warriors have a newly drafted James Wiseman on their team. The 19-year-old was one of the top prospects in the 2020 NBA draft. But he has far more responsibilities than others. Not only is he playing for one of the best teams in the league, he also has to fill the void Klay Thompson has left.

They have already put him as a starter alongside players that have won championships and are part of All-Star teams. However, this also works in his favor. He has a veteran player, as brilliant as Green to guide him, just like Green did tonight while playing the purple and gold. Green was caught telling Wiseman what he was doing wrong and motivating him to do better.

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Where are the Warriors headed?

Nobody had expected the Warriors to come this far without Thompson. As soon as his absence was announced, Golden State fans had lost all hope, although Curry is making sure he proves what he’s made off. He has put up stellar record-breaking performances and continues to perform to keep them alive in the West.

Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) runs into Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (14) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

After a win against LA, they are 7-6 on the table. If the supporting cast also maintains their form as Kelly Oubre Jr. did in this matchup, the Warriors can land a place in the playoffs.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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