Draymond Green is frustrated with the Warriors’ lack of success on the road.
in the last episode From “The Draymond Green Show,” the Warriors’ defensive team explained what could cause Golden State to play so poorly on the road instead of in the friendly confines of the Chase center.
“Quite frankly, I think, and I’ve said this before, I think winning on the road takes an incredible amount of mental strength and not just one or two men or a few guys of his mental strength,” said Green. “It’s such a collective mental strength as a team and quite frankly, it seems we just haven’t come to that as a team, to be as great as we are at home.”
The disparity between the Warriors at home and on the road is striking.
Golden State’s 27-7 home record is the fifth best in the NBA, behind the Denver Nuggets (30-4), Memphis Grizzlies (26-5), Milwaukee Bucks (27-6), and Cleveland Cavaliers (28-7). ).
On the road, the Warriors’ 7-25 record is better than the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets’ 6-27, and Detroit Pistons (7-26).
For context, the Spurs, Rockets and Pistons are fighting for the first overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and the chance to draft 7-foot-3 phenom Victor Wimpanyama to begin their rebuilding process.
“And as bad as we’ve been on the road, it doesn’t make any sense,” Green continued. “It’s like Fragility 101. So it’s weird guy, it’s weird and it’s like every time you feel like you’re taking the next step, it’s kind of two steps back.”
The Warriors’ 25th loss came on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which saw Steve Curry drop 40 points in only his second game from a lower leg injury.
Green noted that the Warriors have to beat the teams they are “supposed” to beat and that it was “great” to have Curry back in the lineup, even if Golden State had to rework their rotation again.
“When you get such a lot of strength back, it takes time like filling a void and kind of filling your way through it,” said the 32-year-old. “Saying that, I’m not sure he should have equaled the losses, especially since he was playing his comeback.”
Green thought the woes of the Road Warriors were “deplorable”.
“It’s very frustrating, frustrating to say the least in such a stacked Western Conference, it’s a stalemate right where we stand and like I said, you really have to win the games you’re supposed to win and honestly, we dropped the ball,” Green concluded.
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The Warriors are running out of time to right the ship and address road problems appropriately.
If Golden State fails to rank up the odds of the road, their chances of repeating as champions may be over before they actually begin.
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