Draymond Green and Kevin Durant

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant

Draymond’s Back

KD may bounce but if he does, it won’t be because of Draymond.

November 16, 2018 - 1:39 pm

The Golden State Warriors got Draymond Green back last night. And they got a swift 107-86 ass-kicking from the Houston Rockets. But of course, last night was never going to be about the score. I mean, if you’re a Warriors fan, it would’ve been great for Kevin Durant to have a triple-double and Green to have a quin-five, but that didn’t happen. 

In fact, Green had a pretty rough night, going scoreless and committing five turnovers.

But again, last night was never going to be about the scoreboard or the stat sheet. As Steve Kerr said after the game: "It's a tough stretch we're dealing with. But I know our guys. Draymond may not have had his best night tonight. In fact he played very poorly. But I liked his approach. He was genuine out there. He was competing. Nothing went his way. But I like where he's heading."

And if it seems weird to hear a coach complimenting a player after going scoreless and committing five turnovers, it shouldn’t be. The Warriors are working on something different right now. Losing to Houston in November is not an issue. Getting themselves right is. 

They looked tired last night. They looked spent. And they should. They’ve played one long season after another. And now they’ve had themselves a week. And they’re in the middle of a road trip through Texas without Steph Curry. 

But again, it’s not about physical tiredness. As Kerr said: "We're banged up a little bit physically and right now we're banged up spiritually. There is no getting around that. So we've got to fill our cup and get our spirit back. And we're going to. It's a long, long season. It's a tough stretch we're dealing with."

They are banged up spiritually. This has been a taxing week from a spiritual standpoint. But from the looks of it, some healing has started. 

Sure, Kevin Durant had little interest in talking about the situation after the game, but if you saw him before the game and during the game, you saw KD and Draymond high-fiving each other, laughing on the bench, and patting each other during the game. If it feels like we’re overanalyzing body language at this point, it’s because we are.

But it’s because that’s what this is. Trying to read chemistry and figure out who thinks what or who feels what. 

But instead of just reading body language, you can also hear their words. Like Draymond telling Sam Amick after the game that he’s all in and that it is all about getting another ring: No little bump in the road is going to stop me from being who I am or being, like I said, the best version of me that I possibly can. 

And if you’re looking for this season to be perfect, it won’t be. No matter how much talent they have on the roster and how good the chemistry is in the locker room, it won’t be perfect. 

As Draymond said: “Not one championship we’ve won has been perfect. Ain’t no season perfect. It won’t be perfect, and that’s just the nature of the beast. But it’s a special thing to be on a run and to win three in a row, four out of five championships, which I think hasn’t been done since the ‘60s. That’s a special thing, and we’re focused on making that happen.”

I’m not saying this whole thing is a small thing. Or that it’s a big thing. The only thing we know at this point is that it’s a thing. And that they’re working through it.

And it’s a reminder that winning three straight and four of five is tough, no matter who you have on your team. But if anyone is equipped to handle that road, it’s this team, it’s this coach, and it’s this front office.  

Last night wasn’t the end of the story, but it feels like it was the start of the healing. It says here, they’re still the team to beat. That beef isn’t going to rip the apart, it will bring it together. And if Durant does bounce at the end of the season, and it might it won’t be because Draymond got in his face, called him a bitch and said they don’t need him. It’ll because Durant decided he wanted to something different; and I have no problem with that; just as I had no problem with him going there in the first place. He may bounce but if he does, it won’t be because of Draymond.