‘So Pure’: CJ McCollum Praises Warriors Duo of Stephen Curry and Draymond Green

Published 01/28/2021, 2:54 AM EST
January 25, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (left) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (right) against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for the second time in two days tonight. It was a brilliant team effort from them, as five players recorded double-digit points. They won the game by eight points, despite Stephen Curry barely scoring just 16.

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He had a poor start to the game, after making just one of his nine attempts. But he picked up the pace in the second half, going 5-8 from the field and sealing the win for the Warriors. Draymond Green also had a good game. On paper, it says just six points, six rebounds, and eight assists, but his contribution goes beyond the stat sheet. The only stat that justifies his impact is +/-, in which he unsurprisingly led the team.

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Following this display, Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum couldn’t help but praise the Warriors’ veteran duo. He praised Steph for converting a bad start into a good game, and Draymond for his ability to orchestrate their offense.

Can Stephen Curry and Draymond Green ensure a playoff spot for the Warriors?

Rookie James Wiseman led the Warriors in scoring tonight. He had a career-high 25 points, as he shot 9-14 from the field, including an astonishing 3-3 from three. The Timberwolves were without their starting center in Karl-Anthony Towns, and Wiseman took advantage of this.

Kelly Oubre also had an excellent game, scoring 20 points while shooting 7-9 from the field. These two performances were crucial for their win. Their record is now 10-8, and they are 6th in the Western Conference. Despite their inconsistent displays, they currently hold a playoff spot, but holding on to it will be the harder part.

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The Warriors need their leaders, Curry and Draymond, to be consistent throughout the season to stay in the playoff race. The Mavericks, Rockets, Pelicans, and Suns are all capable teams who are currently not in the Top 8. But as the season progresses, one would expect them to climb on top.

Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) and teammates after making a three point basket against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

So if the Warriors can stay consistent, they can avoid slipping and return to the playoffs. They missed it for the first time since 2012 last season, and they will be eager to not repeat that.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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